Brooklyn Nets vs. Denver Nuggets - 12/3/13
Denver Nuggets (10-6) at Brooklyn Nets (5-12)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets +4.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets return home to face the surging Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.
Head to head, the Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 0-4 ATS in their last four home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Nuggets on the other hand are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
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With Indiana, Portland and San Antonio recently going down, the Denver Nuggets come into tonight’s game as the hottest team in the league, having won six straight to improve to 10-6 overall. Sure Miami and Oklahoma having longer winning streaks, but no one is playing better than Denver at the moment. Their only two losses in their last 11 games came at Houston and Oklahoma City, a game they controlled throughout and really should have won. The Nuggets also have a pretty good chance to extend their winning streak to double-digits as there next four games after tonight are against opponents with sub .500 records, although they are all on the road.
Speaking of sub .500 records, let me introduce you to your Brooklyn Nets. I’m sure you are already aware, but it’s be a horrid start to the season for Jason Kidd and the Nets, who have won just five of their first 17 games. However, one of those five wins came in their last outing in Memphis on Saturday, a game in which Center Brook Lopez made his return from injury. While the Nets got one of their key players back, they will now be without Paul Pierce for two-to-four weeks with an injury in his right hand.
I’m a little surprised by how high this line is to be honest. I realise Denver is red hot at the moment and the Nets are struggling to say the least, but how do you go from being a two point underdog in Toronto on Sunday to a 4.5 point favorite in your next game against the same level of competition? Say what you want Toronto fans, but Brooklyn just beat you at your place and now they have one of their key pieces back in Brook Lopez.
Despite my rant above, I still think the Nuggets come away with the cover when it’s all said and done. I just don’t see how this old Nets squad keeps up with a Denver team that will run on you all night long with 10 different players. Denver or nothing here folks...
Dan’s Pick: Denver -4.5