Free NBA Picks: Nets vs. Nuggets

Joe Freda

Friday, March 29, 2013 10:52 AM GMT

Friday, Mar. 29, 2013 10:52 AM GMT

Will the Brooklyn Nets stay hot in this spot or will the Denver Nuggets bounce back with a cover? Find out where we have decided to place our NBA picks in this matchup.

The Brooklyn Nets have cashed with a 4-1 spread record in the first five matchups of their current road trip, putting up 108 PPG in that span. Friday’s NBA action has P.J. Carlesimo’s club continuing its journey against the Denver Nuggets, who return home after picking up a pair of road defeats.

Nuggets, Lawson fall in San Antonio

Denver’s latest setback came in Wednesday’s 100-99 defeat against the San Antonio Spurs, while holding on to cash as a 6 ½-point road dog. The Nuggets blew a 14-point lead, while shooting 0-for-10 from three-point land.

Nuggets center JaVale McGee led his squad’s scoring off the bench with 21 points in 26 minutes of action. The Michigan native added 11 boards and three blocks, while mate Andre Iguodala logged a team-high seven assists. 

The battle’s combined 199 points dipped below the ‘total’ of 208 ½, moving the UNDER to 8-2-1 in the Nuggets’ last 11 games. Denver’s Ty Lawson was held to two points, exiting early thanks to a heel injury and is expected to miss Friday’s affair.

Nets, Evans hold off Blazers

The same night’s card saw Brooklyn lead by as many as 30 points in its 111-93 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, collecting as a 3 ½-point road dog. Nets forward Reggie Evans piled in 22 points and 26 boards, leading his squad to outrebound Portland, 54-40. 

Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez and Deron Williams notched team-highs of 28 points and 10 assists, respectively. Nets guards Keith Bogans and MarShon Brooks united to drain 5-of-8 buckets beyond the arc, finishing with a combined 23 points. 

The lopsided contest’s 204 points jumped above the ‘total’ of 195 ½, lifting the OVER to an 8-0 mark in the Nets’ last three weeks of action. Brooklyn prevailed despite a 14-for-25 night at the foul line, while outscoring Portland in the paint, 74-38.

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Back the Nets as road dogs

The NBA odds makers at 5Dimes.eu opened Denver as a 6 ½-point home favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at 205. The Nuggets will have four days off following the clash, while Brooklyn quickly resumes action as part of Saturday’s league slate against the Utah Jazz. 

I am adding a ticket on Brooklyn to my NBA picks for Friday, taking the points. The Nets have a 5-2 spread record in their last seven spots that followed a victory, while riding a 4-0 ATS streak in their most recent meetings with Denver. 

February’s 119-108 win for Brooklyn over the Nuggets saw both squads connect from the floor above a 53 percent clip, however both teams will be without their top scorers from that matchup this time around. Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson has been out of action due to a quadriceps injury, but the Nets have managed a 3-1 ATS mark in the last four games without the six-time All-Star’s presence. 

Lawson missed three games over the past week for Denver with opposite results at the betting windows, leading to Nuggets backers going 0-3 ATS. The stretch saw Lawson’s mates held to 96 PPG, including a dismal 37.9 percent night of field shooting in Monday’s 110-86 defeat to the New Orleans Hornets.

Brooklyn has held foes to 92 PPG in its last eight road contests, cashing tickets ATS all four of the span’s underdog spots. Look for the Nets to keep the tempo down enough to pick up another cover here. 

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Brooklyn Nets +6.5 5Dimes

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