Can San Antonio remain focused as it moves through a long Northeastern road swing and heads to Brooklyn to take on the Nets? They’re a big favorite on the NBA betting lines in this spot.
The San Antonio Spurs Will Win Because…
The San Antonio Spurs are doing what they expect of themselves and they’re functioning really well in a new coaching staff, which includes former WNBA star Becky Hammon. Their level of performance is where it should be. The Spurs started off the season with three quick losses, raising a lot of eyebrows around the NBA. However, the Spurs are now the owners of an eight-game winning streak, and they’ve accordingly pushed their record to 13-4, tied for third in a very competitive Western Conference just behind a pair of two-loss teams, Memphis and Golden State. The Spurs are getting production at both ends of the court. They were averaging around 95 to 97 points the first few weeks of the season, but they have bumped that average to 100 points on the dot. San Antonio has scored really well in Boston and Philadelphia to bolster its offensive numbers. The Spurs are still really good on defense, though. They allowed only 25 points to Boston in the final 16 minutes of Sunday’s game in New England. They allow an average of only 93.1 points per game, an average that – if maintained through the full season – should enable the Spurs to finish with the top record in the NBA before it’s all over. This team is in control of its situation, and with the Brooklyn Nets having gone 3-7 in their last 10 games, there is little reason for San Antonio to think that it shouldn’t win this NBA matchup tonight. This is the Spurs’ game to lose.
The Brooklyn Nets Will Win Because…
They're due for a breakout from Joe Johnson. The Nets’ best player last season was Johnson, who carried the team in the playoffs with some of the steadiest and most responsive basketball of his up-and-down career. Johnson was viewed as a bust in previous seasons, given the enormity of the contracts he signed in Atlanta and Brooklyn. However, the 2014 NBA postseason showed Johnson at his best, hitting lots of clutch jumpers and being the man the Nets counted on to lift them to the status of a contender for the Eastern Conference championship. The Nets fell to the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs, but Johnson did his part. Deron Williams and other teammates fell short.
This season, Williams and Brook Lopez are doing more in the Nets’ new offense under first-year coach Lionel Hollins, and Johnson has been the one left behind. Johnson has averaged just 11.3 points in his last six games. This drought can’t continue to last. You would like to think that the Nets will get Johnson freed up, and you must also know that the Spurs are going to lose at some point. .
The Spurs hold the cards in this game. Brooklyn needs to prove it can get more production out of Joe Johnson in a game before any talk of a revival can stand on its own. Take the Spurs with your NBA picks here.
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