The Brooklyn Nets came out of the All-Star the same way they came in – with a loss. The Nets are now dangerously close to dropping below .500 at 31-29 and are fourth in the Atlantic Division. Injuries and careers have left Brooklyn with a makeshift roster until Kevin Durant, and ultimately Ben Simmons, can return. Until then, it looks like the Nets are forced to fight nightly to beat even the least talented teams.
Unfortunately for the Nets, the Milwaukee Bucks are among the best in the NBA and, yes, won the championship last year. I wish this game could happen while the Nets were healthy but we work with what we have. Here are the odds for this Eastern Conference head-to-head, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.
Total: 236 (Above -110/Under -110)
If you need an update on the state of the Nets right now, look no further than their last game against the Celtics in Brooklyn. The Nets were beaten 129-106 by Boston, who were not a particularly stellar team. They may be above average for sure, but they’re not the kind of team that should rule out a potential playoff team. They were largely betrayed by their defense that allowed the Celtics to shoot almost 55% from the pitch and over 40% from the city centre. It was the second outright loss in a row and the second ATS in a row that the Nets suffered and left them with a very bad ATS record of 4-11 in their last 15 games.
The Bucks are also about to lose but they can thank another dominant performance from Joel Embiid for that game. Giannis narrowly hit a brace and the Bucks lost in a tight shootout 123-120 at home. One positive for the Nets here is that the game is located outside of New York, so Kyrie Irving is playable. However, I don’t think that will be enough to keep the Nets from losing another ATS game in February.
Pick: Bucks -9.5 (-110)
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