Thursday night NBA and we will see the Brooklyn Nets travel to the Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Clippers. The game has a start time of 10:30 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on TNT. Current Vegas betting odds have the Clippers listed as 11.5 point favorites, while the total is set at 201.
Analysis: The Brooklyn Nets are really struggling right now as they come in having won just 2 of their last 10 games to fall to 18-24 on the year overall, which includes a mark of 10-10 on the road. The Nets are in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division, but are still 10 games behind the Toronto Raptors. Brooklyn is 24-9 ATS in their last 33 vs. the Pacific Division and 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Nets have not been a good offensive team this year, ranking 24th in scoring (95.6 ppg), 19th in shooting, 27th in 3 point shooting and 16th in FT shooting. Defensively the Nets have been good this year, ranking 8th in points allowed (97.8 ppg), 11th in defensive FG% and 22nd in 3 point defense (31.8%).
The Los Angeles Clippers have had a solid start to their year, as they come in with a 28-14 record on the year, which includes a 18-7 mark at home on the year. Despite their good start they are still 6.5 games behind the Warriors in the Pacific division. Home team is 21-7 ATS in the last 28 meetings, but the Clippers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. the Eastern Conference.The Clippers have been very good offensive team his year, ranking 4th in scoring (106.7 ppg), 3rd in shooting, 4th in 3 point shooting and 19th in FT shooting. Defensively the Clippers have been rather average, ranking 19th in points allowed (100.5 ppg), 19th in defensive FG% and 17th in 3 point defense.
Pick: I will be going with the rested Clippers vs a Brooklyn team that played an uptempo game in Sacramento last night. So what the Nets beat the lowly kings last night. This is still a team that has won just 2 of their last 10 games, while the Clippers have won 7 of their last 10. The Nets have averaged just 93 ppg in there last 10 games and 96.8 ppg on the road this year, while the Clippers have put up 106.6 ppg at home and 110 ppg in their last 4 games. The Nets just don't have enough offense to hang in this one. Clipps by 15+ here.
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