The Brooklyn Nets have been one of the NBA’s better teams since the beginning of the calendar year. And there is as much optimism about how this team might do in the playoffs as there is controversy surrounding the imminent move of their business operations to Russia.
On Tuesday night the Nets will play host to the Houston Rockets in pro basketball betting action that is scheduled to begin at 8 PM ET at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the host team has been phenomenally successful.
The Nets are 39-33 straight-up, and that puts them in fifth place in the East, two games behind the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors. They have the same record against the basketball pointspread.
The Rockets have a record of 49-23, which is fourth best in the West, although they are still looking behind themselves at the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 2.5 games behind them. Houston is 36-33-3 versus the number.
In the pro basketball betting odds that have been established on this game by the people at VietBet, the Nets are laying a small number at home:
Brooklyn Nets -3
Houston Rockets +3
Over 209.5 points -110
Under 209.5 points -110
Dwight Howard won’t be available for this game with an ankle injury, and the true effects of this may have been evident against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night, when the Rockets were outshot 47%-40% and dropped a 118-107 decision as a one-point favorite in the basketball lines. That broke Houston’s five-game winning streak, and even though it was their third loss of the season to the Clippers, it was their first home defeat since January 24 against Memphis.
The Nets are making a late-season drive for the #3 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff queue, and whether they get there or not, VietBet patrons have to acknowledge that this team has come a long way. Do you remember the growing pains Jason Kidd, the rookie coach, had to go through? The media was questioning him right from the start because he did not have any previous coaching experience in the NBA, and evidently his own players were having their doubts, because many of them were turning to assistant coach Lawrence Frank (who was once Kidd’s coach with the Nets) for answers before Kidd more or less exiled Frank.
Kidd eventually revived things for the Nets by going with a smaller lineup, and things took off. A team that began the season with a 10-21 record is now vying for a home court advantage in the first round of the post-season in the East. if they don’t get it, they might find themselves in an opening round matchup against the Bulls, who they lost to in the last year’s playoffs, which was part of the impetus behind the acquisition of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to bring some veteran leadership on board.
In terms of some pro basketball betting trends you can take with you to VietBet for this game, the Rockets, who have scored 100 points or more in seven consecutive outings, have also played over the total in seven of their last eight. Meanwhile, the Nets have played seven straight overs themselves. And they have beaten the basketball odds in eleven of their last 12 games at the Barclays Center.
In the Nets’ locker room before this game, you just know that Jason Kidd is going to be telling them that keeping James Harden quiet is going to be a real key. Harden scored 32 points against Brooklyn in the earlier meeting (November 29), which was a fiasco for the Nets, as they allowed the Rockets to hit NINETEEN three-pointers (as opposed to only 17 free throws) and 53% overall in a 114-95 rout that was not competitive, with Houston cruising home after having built a 26-point halftime lead.
We can operate under the assumption that the Nets will have themselves much more focused this time around.
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