Friday, 7 P.M. ET
Free NBA Pick: Nets ATS
Best Line Offered: Pinnacle
Brooklyn has clawed their way back into the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference by winning six of their last eight games and turning their season around after starting 8-18. Now the Nets have the opportunity to get above .500 for the first time all season with a win over the lowly Orlando Magic, who have once again turned into pumpkins as the clock has struck midnight.
Orlando started out the season hot, staying competitive in games against quality opponents, but have fallen back into their losing ways having lost five of their last seven games. This slide could have been predictable for Orlando because the way that they were playing at the start of the season was clearly unsustainable.
Orlando was shooting and making the most threes in the NBA for a stretch and a lot of that was coming from Aaron Gordon, who is definitely not known for being a prolific sharp-shooter. Not only are the Magic struggling on the offensive end, they are also struggling mightily to stop teams from scoring at will. The Magic haven given up 112 points per night their last 10 games.
The Nets have gotten into a groove behind a few dynamic performances from Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell. Dinwiddie went toe-to-toes with reigning MVP James Harden in a 145-142 overtime win over the Rockets on Wednesday night. Dinwiddie finished with 33 points, including draining three 3-pointers in the final 26 seconds of regulation to force overtime then scoring the game-winning bucket in the extra frame.
Brooklyn started out as one-point favorites in this contest, but now at many sportsbooks the game is considered a pick ‘em. Expect for the Nets to take care of business in Orlando and post their first winning record for this season.
- Nets are 7-4 ATS when they are favorites
- Nets are 16-12 ATS against Eastern Conference Teams
- Magic are 11-11 ATS at home
Friday, 10:30 P.M. ET
Free NBA Pick: Blazers ATS
Best Line Offered: Pinnacle
The Blazers have looked like a team that is ready to pick up with where they left off at the end of last season when a healthy Jusuf Nurkic completely changed that team. Nurkic allows the Blazers to run more pick-and-roll action with their two dynamic guards, and the fact that Nurkic is a proficient passer allows for them to master dribble handoffs between CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard.
Portland is establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned in the Western Conference because of their superb guard tandem. Lillard and McCollum are two of the most dynamic playmaking guards in the league and they have developed a system with Nurkic in which they are attacking teams down hill and getting to the rim, while also still being able to step back and shoot jumpers when necessary.
Portland opened up as three-point favorites against the Pelicans and will be looking to exact revenge against the team that swept them in last year’s playoffs. This is the second of the three-game series against the Pelicans this year and with the Blazers having already won the first contest, 132-119, they can potentially win the season series with a win tonight. Going in Portland’s favor will be their 16-10 record ATS at home this season.
New Orleans is at a bit of a crossroads this season as they are not bad enough to have one of the top ten picks and are realistically not good enough to make the playoffs in the Western Conference. Anthony Davis has been his usual dominant self, but the Pelicans are not getting the same type of production from their ancillary players that would allow the opportunity to compete with the deeper rosters of the NBA. Look for Portland to take advantage of the Pelicans’ lack of depth and to cover the spread at home.
- Blazers are 16-10 ATS at home
- Pelicans are 12-14 ATS against Western Conference Teams
- Pelicans are 10-13 ATS after a loss