Nets run to end as Warriors, Spurs and Clippers pick up wins
Brooklyn fans have seen their side turn a corner of late, with the Nets on the cusp of moving into the playoff places after a three-game win streak.
However, while Jason Kidds’ men have given fans a glimmer of hope, they will come crashing down against Golden State as part of our midweek treble, with odds of just over 5/2.
Both sides hail from the Lone Star State of Texas but that is where the similarities end this season.
The Mavericks (20-15) got back to winning ways last time out and are now 4-2 from their last six after winning four of their last five games on the road.
However, the short trip to San Antonio (27-8) looks set to prove a fruitless one with the Spurs taking all of the last five meetings between the two.
Gregg Popovich’s side are 18-6 from their last 24 at home and have beaten the Mavs on each of their last five visits to the AT&T Center.
Rick Carlisle’s men may have halted their current slump with a commanding win over the hapless LA Lakers but it is the hosts who will emerge victorious here.
That the Nets (13-21) are priced as short as 2/1 for this tie is testament to their recent form, which sees them bid for four successive wins for the first time this season.
Wins against Oklahoma, Cleveland and Atlanta have boosted the morale of both the Nets’ roster and fans of the Barclays Center outfit but a win against the Warriors (24-13) looks beyond them, even in their current form.
Jason’s Kidd’s side has won 12 of the last 15 meetings with Golden State but with Mark Jackson’s side heading to New York on a 10-game winning streak, the away team has to be backed here.
The Californians boast higher stats than the hosts across the board with the exception of free throw percentage but it seems as though hunger and desire to win are what sets the two apart.
Golden State are ranked second in the NBA for rebounds, while Brooklyn rank 28th, and being first to the ball will see the Warriors leave the Big Apple with an 11th straight victory.
The Staples Center has been a difficult place for many to visit over the years but this season it is the Clippers (24-13), rather than the Lakers, who are behind the fear factor.
Boston (13-22) head to LA having lost all of their last five on the road and look unlikely to end that run against Los Angeles, who have won seven of their last eight at home.
The 10.5-point handicap may be a little steep, but with the hosts priced at 1/6 on the money line market, braver backers looking for larger returns will find more value than the 10/11 the points spread offers.
That the Clippers will extend their current run to 10-4 from 14 seems beyond doubt, the only question is by how much will they win?
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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