One of the two games tonight pits the Nets against the Spurs in Brooklyn. Check out our NBA odds preview for the matchup, along with our favorite pick.
Coming in, the Nets are favored by 6 to 6.5 points, while the total seems to be settling in at 193.
On the year, Brooklyn is 21-25 SU (13-11 SU at home) and 22-24 ATS, with San Antonio at 36-13 SU (18-5 SU on the road) and 24-25 ATS.
San Antonio Spurs
Wondering why the Nets are favored by such a large margin? Tony Parker won't be playing. Simple as that.
Parker left last night's game early due to a back injury and has already been ruled out for tonight's contest. That leaves San Antonio without three of their most talented players in Parker, Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Manu Ginobili (hamstring).
The Spurs were still able to get a win in the nation's capital yesterday despite being short-handed. Tim Duncan had 31 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals, while Danny Green (22 points, seven boards, two blocks) and Patty Mills (23/6/4) stepped up to help guide San Antonio to the victory.
That's now three straight wins for the Spurs, this coming after a bad run which saw them lose three in a row (Miami, Houston, Chicago). Credit Gregg Popovich for dealing with the injuries and having these guys ready to play regardless of the situation.
San Antonio, as we mentioned above, has been outstanding on the road throughout the season, going 18-5 SU and 14-9 ATS. Can they grab a fourth consecutive victory in Brooklyn tonight?
After following up a five-game winning streak with a three-game losing streak, the Nets got back on track with a 108-102 win over Philadelphia on Monday night.
Paul Pierce scored a game-high 25 points on 5-of-9 shooting, getting to the free throw line 14 times and connecting each time. Deron Williams added 21 points, six assists and three rebounds, while Mirza Teletovic came off the bench to hit five threes en route to 20 points.
The Nets currently find themselves 3.5 games back of Toronto for first place in the Atlantic Division, but their resurgence has boosted them into the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. They're just 3.5 games back of the third seed as well.
Tonight Brooklyn hopes to improve their 13-11 straight up record at the Barclays Center. They've gone only 11-13 against the spread in those games, but they do catch the Spurs playing their third game in four nights here.
The Nets got blown out by San Antonio in the first head-to-head meeting back in late December, but Parker, Leonard and Ginobili all played in that game and the Spurs were also at home. Let's see if Jason Kidd's crew can return the favor on their home court.
Not a good spot for the Spurs.
They may have won three in a row, but this will be their third game in four nights and they're missing three of their best players, including their floor general.
Now, we've seen San Antonio fare just fine when playing with makeshift rotations, but when you couple in the tired legs (Duncan played over 40 minutes last night), we feel far better taking the Nets as one of our NBA picks. Back a more-rested Brooklyn team to win and cover tonight.
NBA Pick: Nets -6