NBA Betting — Heat Goes East to Brooklyn For Matchup Against Nets
The Miami Heat went into last night’s game at Madison Square Garden as an eight-point favorite over the New York Knicks in NBA betting and came out a ten-point loser. In an effort to avoid getting swept in the Big Apple, they will march into the Barclays Center on Friday night against the suddenly-surging Brooklyn Nets in a contest that is set to get underway at 8:05 PM ET.
The Heat’s record went to 27-9 straight-up and 16-20 against the basketball odds with last night’s defeat. They are #2 team in the East. The Nets, who are now winners of four games in a row, have the benefit of an extra day of rest after knocking off the Golden State Warriors 102-96 on Wednesday night, thus bringing the Warriors’ 10-game winning streak to an end. Brooklyn’s record is now 14-21 straight-up and also 16-19 against the pointspread. They are also the #8 team in the Eastern Conference playoff queue.
The Heat continues to travel after this one, as they will visit Washington, Philadelphia, Charlotte and Atlanta on their road swing. but the loss to the Knicks had to be particularly galling, as it was the fourth time in the last five games they had lost to New York. The fact that the Knicks shot 63% from the floor in the second half was unacceptable. So NBA bettors should expect that they will come out with some level of resolve in this one.
VietBet customers should take note that this is also a revenge game for the Heat. On November 1, they shot almost 48% but lost the battle of the boards by a wide margin (54-35) and dropped a painful one-point decision (101-100) at the Barclays Center.
For Brooklyn, this game represents another absence for Deron Williams. The point guard has been prone to spraining his ankle this season, and has now missed 13 games as a result. The latest injury could keep him out for a while, although the hope is that he will be able to play at some point next week. He has been receiving cortisone injections and platelet-rich plasma treatments, and has been ruled out of the next two games, which will obviously have an effect on the basketball lines. Jason Kidd has had to perform some improvisation of late, and he has used sixteen different lineups. NBA sportsbook customers should expect that he will once again go with a small lineup on Friday, which consists of Shawn Livingston at point guard (actually very big for a point man at 6’7″), Alan Anderson at the other guard, Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce at the forward slots and Kevin Garnett at center. These guys are not likely to be compromised in the size department, as Miami is, by nature, not a big team.
This is the kind of season that can test the patience of any rookie coach, and Kidd has been under fire in some circles because of the fact that he doesn’t have any background as an assistant, having just retired as an active player in the NBA at the end of last season. There has been a lot of talk about him having trouble dealing with his veteran players, like Garnett and Pierce, and there was a little power struggle going on between himself and his chief assistant, Lawrence Frank, who just so happened to be his coach when he was playing for the Nets in New Jersey. The result, as VietBet customers witnessed, was a demotion for Frank, who is no longer on the bench at Brooklyn’s games. Even with all of this turbulence, Brooklyn entertains a legitimate opportunity to return to the playoffs. And when you look at their current position, especially after this little winning streak of theirs, you can only expect they will move up.
There is a little fun here as well, as NBA bettors will see the debut of jerseys that will bear the nicknames of each player on the back. Some examples of what certain players will be wearing:
Kevin Garnett – The Big Ticket
Joe Johnson — JJ
Jason Terry — Jet
LeBron James — King James
Dwyane Wade — D. Wade
Ray Allen — J. Shuttlesworth
Chris Andersen — Birdman (of course)
Deron Williams’ jersey would have read “D-Will” on the back, but for now, we guess he’ll have to be known as the “Big DNP.”
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