Nets-Hornets Game Might Not be Pretty, Unless You Pick 'Over'

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, February 22, 2018 2:40 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 2:40 PM UTC

Brooklyn heads to Charlotte as a +7½ underdog in the teams' first game after the All-Star break. However, it’s the total of 215 that might be the better play with your NBA picks.

Thursday NBA: Nets vs. HornetsFree NBA Pick: Over 214½Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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We’ve all been there -- fresh off a week of vacation and not thinking about work at all, and then we’re plopped back down at our desks on a Monday and we are not the same. The week off transformed us into lazy and lethargic members of the workforce, and for some it takes days before they are back on their grind.

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The NBA is no different, except most of the players in this matchup have not picked up a basketball for a week other than Charlotte's Kemba Walker, who played in the All-Star Game. That can cause some crazy games. Turnovers and missed shots are going to be a common theme as these guys work their way back from their vacations.

Matt Moore tweeted out something to this effect during the break, and it’s a caption from an article of his on Action Network:

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All-Star Nightlife is undefeated.

— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) February 18, 2018

With the total between the Nets and Hornets steadily rising on the NBA odds board, the sharps and squares alike have caught wind of this. Charlotte gave up some pretty big scores in their last five games before the break, allowing 112.2 points per game, while the Nets gave up nearly 120 points per game over their last five.

Considering both teams play at paces higher than 100 possessions per game, I could see a game with very little defense and a lot of running, so I'm going with the "over" with my NBA picks. It might not be the prettiest offensively, but missed shots can lead to fast breaks, and teams not being 100 percent in shape can lead to a lot less defense, especially for teams without much to play for other than draft position.

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