Nets Losing Streak Continues,Take Rockets to Cover as Your NBA Pick

David Lawrence

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 12:36 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 12:36 PM GMT

The Brooklyn Nets will try to do something they haven’t yet done this season when they visit the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night in Texas: win a game. Check our NBA pick inside.

Momentum
The Nets truly have zero momentum, because zero is also the number of wins this team has. Brooklyn has simply failed to do anything of consequence through two weeks of play. The Nets no longer have Deron Williams, who is now with the Dallas Mavericks. They lack a functional point guard and the ability to smoothly get into their halfcourt offense. Coach Lionel Hollins knows he’s in a no-win situation with this roster, but he didn’t know how literally true that would be as November moves along. Brooklyn is going to have to work very hard for each win this season. Playing bad opponents won’t even guarantee success. A lot of things will have to break right for this team, because it is a hollowed-out shell of what it once was.

Houston has a 4-3 record, which is hardly special. However, in context, it looks pretty good, because the Rockets were 0-3 and in a little trouble. A move by coach Kevin McHale to a smaller lineup has freed up the offense, which has scored at least 109 points per game throughout the four-game winning streak. The Rockets’ talent has never been questioned, but some injuries and the attempt to find the right lineup formulas have hurt this team over the past few seasons. It seems that Houston is finding a way forward right now.

 

Home-Away Trends
Brooklyn is 0-4 away from home, and Houston is 2-1 at home, with its one loss coming to the dominant Golden State Warriors. Houston should clearly have an advantage at home, mostly because Brooklyn is an awful team, including an awful track record in road games this season. There isn’t that much to pick apart here; the details are based on a small sample size, but the small sample size leads to an obvious conclusion.

 

Injuries
Brooklyn has upgraded center Brook Lopez to probable with a foot injury. Forward Chris McCullough is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Forward Willie Reed will miss this game with a thumb injury.

Houston forward Donatas Motiejunas is out indefinitely with a back injury. Forward Terrence Jones has been upgraded to probable with an eye injury. Point guard Patrick Beverley has been upgraded to probable with a concussion.

 

What’s The Pick?
The Rockets started as a 12.-5 point favorite and the NBA odds didn’t move much at open. The betting public can see how awful Brooklyn is. The Nets, in their personnel moves and their spending habits, have painted themselves into a virtually impossible situation as a franchise. They’re bad now, they’re going to be bad tomorrow, and they’re going to be bad for a few years. Unless the Nets can somehow show some signs that they can improve within the parameters of this season, they shouldn’t get the benefit of the doubt against any relatively decent team. Houston is that kind of team, so the Rockets should be your choice for your NBA picks.

NBA Pick: Rockets -12.5 at Pinnacle

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