NBA Pick: Brooklyn Nets -5 over New Orleans Hornets

LT Profits Sports Group

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 4:00 AM GMT

The Nets had an unexpected defensive breakdown in Philadelphia on Monday, but they should return to their stingy defensive ways and safely handle the Hornets home in Brooklyn.

Look for the home team to bounce back on Tuesday night following a bad loss, as the New Orleans Hornets (22-42, 10-22 away) pay a visit to those Brooklyn Nets (37-27, 21-13 home) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY at 7:35 ET.

The point spread at Bookmaker Sportsbook has Brooklyn as a moderate home favorite for this contest with the current line at -5 with odds of -110.

The Nets are in second place in the Atlantic Division just 2½ games behind the New York Knicks, and they are seeded fourth in the Eastern Conference an identical 2½ games behind the third seeded Indiana Pacers, so they could ill afford more defensive meltdowns such as they had in a 106-97 road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

The 76ers are one of the last teams you would consider to end the Nets’ steak of seven straight games without allowing 100 points while allowing a measly 86.1 points per game during that streak, but it just goes to show you what could happen when you take nights off in the NBA, and the Sixers uncharacteristically shot 52.6 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from downtown (8-for-15).

Look for Brooklyn to be much more focused tonight and return to the defensive form that still has them ranked fourth in the league in points allowed at only 94.3 points per game, especially vs. a suspect New Orleans offense. The Nets will also have the hottest offensive player on the court in Deron Williams, who put up what is becoming his customary 27 points in a losing effort on Monday.

Williams paced the way with 33 points when the Nets beat these Hornets 101-97 in New Orleans on February 26th, and remember that he went off for 42 points while sinking 11 three-pointes vs. the normally stingy Washington Wizards on Friday. He is one of the hottest shooters in the league as he is averaging 25.1 points while hitting an amazing 50.0 percent from three-point range over his last eight games.

And he has been doing more than just scoring, as his stat line in Philadelphia read 27 points, 13 assists and six rebounds!

As for the Hornets, they are coming off of a nice 98-96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, but they are not a great offensive team as they rank just 21st in scoring with 94.4 points per game, so that should help the Nets rediscover their normally fine defensive form.

New Orleans is in last place in the Southwest Division and the Hornets are only one game ahead of the Sacramento Kings for the worst record in the Western Conference. Additionally, the New Orleans defense has tended to disappear on the road, allowing 100.6 points per game on 47.4 percent shooting away from the Bayou.

Look for the Nets to bounce back here at home from that forgettable performance in Philadelphia with a handy win over the Hornets on Tuesday.

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NBA Pick: Nets -5 (-110)