Site: Staples Center – Los Angeles
Date/Time: Thursday, January 22 – 10:35 PM ET
NBA Basketball Odds at Vietbet
Spread: L.A. Clippers -11.5
Total: 202 points
The Brooklyn Nets were legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference last season in what was a season where the team went after the big prize with a string veteran presence. Most of those guys are still around, although they are a year older. Then again, maybe the problem is that most of them are still around, if you know what we mean. And that is why they are contemplating unloading personnel before the trade deadline.
The Nets are not such a contender any more, as evidenced by an 18-24 straight-up record (19-23 ATS) that has them tied with another fading franchise (the Miami Heat, minus LeBron) and just a half a game away from being on the outside of the East playoff queue, looking in.
But as Vietbet customers know, they are coming off a victory on Wednesday night, which helps them in their battle with teams like the Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons, who are nipping at their heels for that final post-season slot and the right to face the Atlanta Hawks or whoever else emerges as the team to beat in the conference. They will pull into the Staples Center for a game with the Los Angeles Clippers, who are in a battle of their own, which almost goes without saying about clubs in the West. Game time for NBA basketball betting action is 10:35 PM ET on TNT.
The Nets are coming into this game with eight defeats in their last ten games, but they did manage a road victory last night against the Sacramento Kings, as they got off to a 16-point halftime lead. But even though they were up by 17 points at one juncture in the fourth quarter, they still had to sweat it out for a 103-100 victory. Brook Lopez had 22 points and six blocked shots, but the hero down the stretch was Joe Johnson, who made the key free throws that kept the Kings at bay after a big rally. It’s been a pattern for the Nets to get off to good starts and fade in the second half. They are 6.5-point first half underdogs at Vietbet in this game.
It’s actually been a while since the Nets lost a road game by a real margin – December 17, in fact – when they were starched 105-89 by Toronto. Since then they have either emerged victorious or kept things pretty close in defeat.
They catch a Clippers team that has won eight out of 11 and has a couple of days of rest. In fact, with two more days off after this, this will be the only game they play in a six-day period. Last time out they beat Boston 102-93 at home, but they have also dropped four of the last five against the NBA basketball odds. Los Angeles (28-14 straight-up, 17-25 ATS) is sixth in the conference, a game and a half ahead of the San Antonio Spurs.
This game matches up one of the NBA’s most potent teams from three-point range against one of its east proficient. The Clippers (who are +790 to win the West in the NBA odds at Vietbet) have averaged ten triples per contest on 38% shooting, while Brooklyn is just 32% accurate from beyond the arc.
Lopez and Johnson are among the many names that have been the subject of trade rumors surrounding the Nets, as is Deron Williams, the point guard who is currently out of action with a rib injury but is expected back sometime soon. It is somewhat disquieting for Nets fans that they got rid of Jason Kidd, last year’s coach who lost a power struggle, but has turned things around in Milwaukee, while Lionel Hollins, who had been successful in Memphis, has just not found the right formula in Brooklyn. Of course, in the low-octane East, no team aside from the Knicks and Sixers is out of the race.
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CHARLES JAY, a contributor to BangTheBook.com, is one of the most experienced sports betting writers in America, as he has written more than 10,000 pieces specifically for the industry over the last seven years. At one time employed as an editorial consultant with USA Network, he is also a former syndicated radio talk show host (American Radio Networks) and has also done color commentary on boxing events in the past for Prime Network (now known as Fox SportsNet). He is a veteran of more than a decade and a half working within the professional sports industry, and has been handicapping sporting events for over 25 years. In addition to this, he has compiled specialty odds for a number of online sportsbook operations and media outlets.