Nets The NBA Pick To Cover Spread As Home Dogs Despite A Spurs Win

Swinging Johnson

Monday, January 11, 2016 7:41 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 7:41 PM UTC

Let us review what the NBA odds makers are offering on this inter-conference Spurs-Nets clash tonight and cash a winning ticket in our NBA picks.

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Free NBA Pick: Nets +15
Best Line Offered: at GTBets


San Antonio Spurs (32-6 SU, 26-12 ATS)
The Spurs have been money in the bank for all those including San Antonio in their NBA Picks this season. They have cashed in 26 of 38 opportunities but in their last outing they not only failed to cover the 15 point impost hung by the NBA Odds makers but were lucky to hang on to a 100-99 victory over the pedestrian New York Knickerbockers. The Spurs were delivered a sobering dose of reality that any team can beat any other team on any given night which may be helpful when they tip off against the beleaguered Brooklyn Nets tonight.

Although the Spurs are a perfect 22-0 straight up on their home court (16-6 ATS) they are not nearly as invincible on the road as they hold a 10-6 record both straight up and against the spread. Future Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan is no longer the force of nature that he once was but at 39-years-old he is still contributing. In San Antonio’s blowout victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night Duncan dropped a season high 18 points inside of three quarters of play.

However, in the team’s narrow victory over the Knicks he was held to just seven points and logged 21 minutes of court time. San Antonio holds the second best record in the league, trailing only Golden State, and is the NBA’s stingiest defense holding opponents to just 89.7 points per game.


New Jersey Nets (10-27 SU, 20-17 ATS)
The Nets are mired in the basement of the Eastern Conference and did nothing to help their cause when they last took to the hardcourt when they were blown out by the Pistons in Detroit to the tune of 103-89 as 11-point travelin’ pups. It was their fourth consecutive loss and failed cover as they struggle through yet another dismal season. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 19 points and had this to say, "This has been a theme all season. A team makes an early run at us and we can't respond, so we spend the rest of the game digging ourselves out of a hole."

That pretty much sums up New Jersey’s season as they have been unable to get their offense in gear averaging a dismal 95.7 points per game which ranks them 29th in the league. The Nets’ defense has been mediocre at best, holding opponents to 102.3 points per game but has been decent banging the glass averaging 44.4 rebounds per contest, good for 10th in the NBA.

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Betting Analysis
These teams have met only once this season and that was in San Antonio where the Spurs devoured the Nets 102-75 as 13 ½ point home chalk. But believe it or not the Nets have fared well in this matchup when the venue is on the East Coast, scoring straight up and ATS victories in their last two home games against the vaunted Spurs. It was just over a year ago when San Antonio last came to town and dropped a 95-93 decision as 8 ½ point road favorites.

The Nets shook up their regime at the behest of owner Mikhail Prokhorov as they ousted head coach Lionel Hollins and reassigned GM Billy King yesterday. This should serve as a wakeup call that no one is untouchable in a season that has wrought nothing but disappointment and futility. Assistant coach Tony Brown has been tapped as the interim coach and if nothing else this could cause at least a temporary boost to a team that has underperformed all season long. The Spurs should win this game but expect the Nets to keep it relatively close.

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