Brooklyn Nets vs. Charlotte Bobcats - 3/19/14
Charlotte Bobcats (33-35) at Brooklyn Nets (34-31)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Bobcats travel to the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn to battle the Nets tonight.
The Nets have won eight of their last 10 games and will be feeling pretty good after bouncing back from a loss to the Wizards with a 108-95 trouncing over the Suns on Monday. Deron Williams led the way with one of his best offensive performances of the season, scoring 28 points on 11 of 13 shooting which really ignited the team's offense early on as the Nets shot 67.5 percent of their shots in the first half and leading by as many as 23 points in the game. Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce scored just 19 and 10 points respectively, but neither played their usual allotment of minutes as the Nets had the game wrapped up before the fourth quarter. With the win, Brooklyn improves to a record of 34-31 which is only half a game behind Washington who currently sit at fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
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Just below Brooklyn in the standings is Charlotte who just had their four-game win streak snapped on Monday when they lost to the Hawks by 97-83. Kemba Walker had 20 points while Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson added 16 points each, but the Bobcats had no other player finish in double figures as they shot just 35 percent from the field. The Bobcats did play the night before, so I'm sure fatigue was a factor in this game because the Bobcats really struggled to get anything going in the second half, getting outscored by the Hawks 51-31 while allowing Paul Millsap to pour in 28 points. With the loss, Charlotte drops to 33-35 on the season which leaves them 2 1/2 games behind Brooklyn for the sixth seed in the East.
In ATS trends, the Bobcats are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a loss, while the Nets are a percent 8-0 ATS in their last eight home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Head to head, the Bobcats are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings and 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Brooklyn.
The Nets have been the best team in the Eastern Conference since Jan.1 and they only seem to be getting better with every game. I'm not in love with this pick but I do think the Nets will win this one and cover the spread by a couple points.