NBA Picks: Nuggets vs. Nets

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:57 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 12:57 PM GMT

The Brooklyn Nets and Denver Nuggets are set to play their final game before the NBA All-Star break, as the two teams prepare to meet for the first time during the 2012-13 season.


Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting lines for this non-conference affair at the Barclays Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET

Life on the road

Denver will close out a four-game road trip Wednesday night, as it looks to bounce back from consecutive losses, including a 109-108 setback to the Toronto Raptors as 1.5-point underdogs Tuesday.

The Nuggets are 15-13 against the spread (11-17 SU) away from the Pepsi Center this year, while the OVER is 17-11 in that situation.

Inconsistency

Brooklyn hasn’t won back-to-back games since putting together a three-game win streak from Jan. 18-23, as it comes off an impressive 89-84 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers as nine-point road underdogs Monday night. 

The Nets have failed to cover the number in their last four efforts following a straight-up win, while they’ve gone 1-5 ATS in their last six games versus teams with a winning record.

Numerous injuries heading into the All-Star break

The NBA odds are currently not available in the market due to numerous injuries, as three key players for the Nuggets are listed as questionable. Danilo Gallinari (sinus infection) and Andre Iguodala (neck) didn’t play in last night’s game, while JaVale McGee didn’t play in the final 24 minutes due to a sore left leg.

NBA oddsmakers already know that Nets starting point guard Deron Williams (ankle) will be out for this affair.

Under the century mark

I believe the key angle to handicap in this affair is the Nets’ ability to limit the Nuggets to under 100 points, as they’ve gone 24-7 this year when holding opponents below the century mark. 

It’s certainly going to be a challenge, as Denver has scored 102-plus points in its last 12 games. Brooklyn is 0-3 SUATS versus a foe that averages 99-plus points during the second half of the season.

[gameodds]5/218305/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Nuggets as one of their NBA picks against the spread, but it’s important to monitor the injury report throughout the day, especially Gallinari—the team’s leading scorer.

NBA Pick: Denver Nuggets
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