Dinwiddie vs. Dumbfounded: Nets to Cover on Road vs. Magic

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 3:23 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 3:23 PM UTC

Spencer Dinwiddie has sparked Brooklyn's strong performance against the point spread. That should continue tonight against Orlando -- one of the few teams worse than them. 

NBA Betting: Nets (42-31-1 ATS) vs. Magic (34-38-1 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Nets -2Best Line Offered: Bovada

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Brooklyn already has won 23 games this season after winning only 20 times all of last season. One reason the Nets have been a tough out for opponents is the emergence of Spencer Dinwiddie as an impact player. Dinwiddie is having a career season with a PER (player efficiency rating) of 20.61, stemming from his 11 points, 5.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. The thing that makes Dinwiddie so effective is his combination of above-average ball-handling ability and size that allows him to carve through defenses to initiate offense and find open teammates.

The Nets are averaging 32 points and shooting 52.2 percent, including 46.4 percent from 3-point range, in the first quarter of games. Since being held to 25 points in the opening quarter of a loss to Philadelphia on March 11, the Nets (23-51 SU) have led at the end of the first period in seven straight games.

The problem with the Nets is the fact they don't finish games strong. In the last three fourth quarters, the Nets are averaging 21.3 points on 34.4-percent shooting. In their last five defeats, they are averaging 23.2 points on 36.3-percent shooting in the final 12 minutes.

Luckily for the Nets, tonight's opponent knows how to lose games just as much as they do.

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In their updated injury report, the Magic say Jonathan Isaac, Jonathon Simmons, Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross will not play Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets.

— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) March 27, 2018

Orlando is 2-8 in their last 10 games and its production has slumped of late, averaging 95 points on 42.1-percent shooting. Unlike the Nets, the Magic are struggling in the opening quarter by averaging 24.6 points.

The Nets are small road favorites on tonight's NBA odds board, and with your NBA picks look for them to jump on the Magic early and improve on their 42-31-1 ATS record.

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