Nets vs. Trail Blazers - 1/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (32-13) at Brooklyn Nets (18-26)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Nets +6.5 -- Over/Under: 193 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, YES, NBATV
The Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets meet Monday night at the Barclays Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers have split their last 10 games and begin a four-game road trip. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 103 points on 44.5 percent shooting and are allowing 97.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.3 points and 10.2 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 22 points and 6.2 assists. Wesley Matthews is shooting 46 percent from the field and Chris Kaman is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers can score with the best of them, but they must improve their defense that’s allowing 48.2 percent shooting from the field in their last five games. The Trail Blazers are a tough team to beat when clicking on both ends, as they’ve won 13 of their last 14 when allowing less than 100 points.
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The Brooklyn Nets have lost three of their last four games and play their first home game in nine days. On the season, the Nets are averaging 95 points on 44.4 percent shooting and are allowing 98.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Joe Johnson is averaging 15.5 points and 3.7 assists while Brook Lopez is averaging 14.6 points and six rebounds. Jarrett Jack is dishing 4.5 assists and Mason Plumlee is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are also struggling on the defensive end, as they’re allowing 50.8 percent shooting from the field and 36.2 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The Nets have won eight of their 18 games on their home court, a number I’m sure New Yorkers would love to see improve.
The Trail Blazers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Atlantic and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Nets are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Brooklyn.
The Nets continue to stink up the joint without their starting point guard. Although the trip across country could impact Portland's legs, I just can't back the Nets in this spot.