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At the outset of the month, the Dallas Mavericks were 25-32, and they looked dead in the water in the Western Conference playoff chase. They started the month with a 98-90 win on the road against the Brooklyn Nets, and that sparked a 7-3 run over the course of their 10 games thus far in March. Now, Dallas is only three-games back in the Western Conference playoff chase, and it will hope to continue that push on Wednesday night when it takes on these same Nets once again, this time at the American Airlines Center.

Brooklyn is in the midst of a playoff push of a different variety. Barring a collapse of epic proportions, the Nets know that they will be in the postseason this year. They’re still trying to run down the New York Knicks for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, though. Brooklyn starts the day two back in the loss column of the boys from the Big Apple with 15 games to play

When these two met the first time, G Deron Williams had a terrible time trying to hang onto the basketball for the Nets. Though he did score 24 points to lead the team, he also turned the ball over seven times. Brooklyn finished the day with 19 turnovers.

Dallas meanwhile, shot 50.0% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc that night. The team was led by F Dirk Nowitzki and F Vince Carter, who each had 20 points. G OJ Mayo has been floundering over the course of the second half of the season, but he had one of his better games against the Nets, hitting three triples and scoring a total of 17 points.

The Mavericks a 3 ½-point favorites on the Wednesday night NBA odds.

The Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks square off at the Barclays Center Sunday with each team trying to keep a grip on its spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Brooklyn will have gone five days without playing after beating the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday, while the struggling Hawks have a winnable game at home against the Phoenix Suns Friday night prior to their showdown in Brooklyn.

 

The Nets have won four of their last five games after hitting a bit of a rough patch and currently hold the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with a straight-up record of 38-24. Meanwhile, the Hawks are in the midst of their own rough patch as they’ve gone 2-6 in their last eight games. A major cause for Atlanta’s recent struggles has been nagging injuries to two of its key players—Jeff Teague and Josh Smith. Both are listed as questionable against the Suns on Friday.

 

Atlanta currently holds the No. 7 spot in the East with a straight-up record of 35-29.

 

The Hawks and Nets played each other just over a week ago in Atlanta with the Nets securing an easy 93-80 win as a 3.5-point underdog. Brook Lopez led the way for the Nets scoring 18 points, 14 of which came in a key third quarter.

 

Atlanta desperately needs Teague and Smith back in the lineup if they are to turn things around before the playoffs. Both are nursing what’s described as “sprains,” so neither is expected to be out of action for an extended period of time. Smith is averaging 17.2 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Hawks, while Teague is averaging 14.5 points and seven rebounds at the point guard position.

 

Neither the Hawks or Nets have been particularly kind to bettors that have backed them in their NBA picks this season. Atlanta is 29-33-2 against the spread this season, while Brooklyn holds a mark of 30-32-3 against the number. 

The last time the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers took to the court was two months ago, but don’t think that means much as we head into their clash on Monday night in the City of Brotherly Love. Make no mistake about it: Philly is going to be out for blood, knowing that the last time these two teams met, Brooklyn came to town and dropped a 109-89 beating on the hosts.

Of course, if the Nets are as hot offensively on this night as they were then, there is very little hope for the 76ers to beat the NBA odds. In the January meeting, G Deron Williams scored 22 points, while F Reggie Evans pulled down a stunning 23 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Brooklyn shot 41.7 percent from long range, and most importantly, its starters were all at least +20 while on the court against the 76ers’ starters.

Philadelphia is going to need to get some big time contributions from G Jrue Holiday in this one. Holiday was the team’s top scorer with 19 points, and he also had eight assists back in January. By all accounts, he was the best player for the hosts on the court. However, he has come up on some hard times of late and really needs to play better ball than he has been recently.

Holiday only scored eight points in Sunday’s loss to the Orlando Magic, and that came on the heels of a nine-point effort against the Miami Heat two days before. Holiday is averaging 18.6 points per game on the season, and though he is one of the best distributors in the league, averaging 8.7 assists per game, it is clear that he is going to have to be the main scoring threat as well if there is any hope of snapping this five-game losing streak.

The Brooklyn Nets have hit a rough patch with four losses in their last five games that’s resulted in them sliding to the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. However, they will have every opportunity to right the ship this week with winnable games against the Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards before a road game against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.

 

The Nets, who are 26-31-3 against the spread this season, did receive some good news with the return of Joe Johnson from a foot injury that had kept him sidelined for three games. He struggled a bit in the Nets loss to the Chicago Bulls over the weekend, but Johnson could provide a lift moving forward as he eases back into the rotation.

 

Speaking of the rotation, head coach P.J. Carlesimo said he plans to make changes this week in order to help shore up the Nets defense. The biggest adjustment Carlesimo will make is having both of his centers—Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche—on the court together for more minutes in order to boost the teams interior defense. As a result, the likes of Kris Humphries and Reggie Wayne are expected to play a diminished role moving forward, according to ESPN.

 

This could prove to be a smart move for the Nets as the season heads into crunch time. New Jersey is just three games clear of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot and their margin for error is dwindling.

 

Even with the changes, for handicappers the Nets remain a tough team to back with much confidence in their NBA picks moving forward. They tend to play to their level of competition, which doesn’t work when giving away points on the line. With that said, Charlotte and Washington seem to be the ideal testing grounds for the new rotation and perhaps things can turn around this week. 

The Dwight Howard saga continues to swirl this year, as the Los Angeles Lakers are finding the same problem that the Orlando Magic had. The NBA trade deadline is less than 48 hours away, and now that owner Dr. Jerry Buss has passed away, the Lakers really need to make up their mind without a bona fide leader what they are going to do with Howard, who is a free agent at the end of the season.

If Los Angeles keeps Howard, it can offer him the most money in free agency. There is no doubt that this would weigh heavily on the mind of a center that has spent the mass majority of the last calendar year hurting with various problems. Getting the most money possible has to be considered one of the main goals.

However, we still think that the NBA odds are going to point Howard towards the Brooklyn Nets. This is where Howard wants to play and has wanted to play for the better part of the last two season, as he wants to pair with good friend Deron Williams and try to bring a title to Gotham City.

Here’s the problem, though. The Nets are in bad shape right now in terms of the salary cap. Kris Humphries is due $12M over the course of the next two seasons, and the contract that was given to Joe Johnson ($21M next year, $23M in 2014) and the one given to Williams ($18M next year, $19M in 2014) really make it prohibitive to bring in another star.

That’s why it is vital to look at what the Nets do in these next few days, even more than what the Lakers do. If Brooklyn clears out some salary cap space in some way, shape, or form and can offer Howard a max contract, we are convinced that this is where he is going to end up, whether it be via a straight signing or a sign and trade with the Lakers after the season is said and done with.

The NBA odds were definitely on the side of the Brooklyn Nets over the course of their last two games before the NBA All-Star Break. They beat upset the Indiana Pacers and ran with the Denver Nuggets, and now, they have a bit of momentum going into the second half of the year.

The best news of the bunch is that G Deron Williams is going to be back in the fold for this week’s games. The franchise player in Brooklyn missed the wins over Indiana and Denver, and he is going to be happy to be back in the saddle for this week.

The Nets are going to find themselves as favorites quite a bit over the course of the next several games, beginning on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. Unfortunately for Brooklyn, it has failed to cover 10 games in a row in this series and seven straight at home against the Bucks. This is the first of back-to-back games against Milwaukee, as the two will head to the Bradley Center for a Wednesday night showdown as well.

Aside from that though, there are going to be a lot of games in which the oddsmakers are giving the Nets the nod. They’ll clearly be favored against the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies at home to wrap up this week, and if you look a bit further into the future, there are two more and at least four out of five in which they’ll be laying points as well.

However, the Nets have to be careful, knowing that they have lost their most recent game to each of their next five foes, the last four of which came this season. The loss that will want to be avenged the most is clearly the one to the Grizzlies. Memphis pounded Brooklyn 101-77 earlier this year at the FedEx Forum, a loss that Williams and company aren’t soon to forget.

Deron Williams said just a few weeks ago that is was crucial for his Brooklyn Nets to head into the All-Star Break in good form. Unfortunately for the Nets, they haven’t done all that well, going just 4-6 SU and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games. Now, Williams is on the shelf with an ankle injury that will keep him out until at least next week.

It is impossible for one man to replace one of the best point guards in all of basketball. Sure, the numbers for Williams weren’t out of this world this year, but it is still difficult to replace 16.7 points and 7.6 assists per night.

The man that has been tabbed to take on the role of the starting point guard is G CJ Watson. He only averages playing around 17.5 minutes per game this year, and he really isn’t a man that is going to step in and be a regular point guard. Head Coach PJ Carlesimo figured that out in a hurry against the Indiana Pacers and pulled him out of the game after just 19 minutes on the court and only one point scored.

Instead, it has become the duty of G Tyshawn Taylor to run the point. Taylor has spent plenty of time in the D-League, and he hasn’t done all that much at the NBA level at this point in his career. However, he came up big for the Nets on Monday, scoring 12 points and running the show in OT in a win against Indiana.

Fortunately for the Nets, they will probably only have to play on Wednesday night without Williams. He is likely to rejoin the team right after the All-Star Break is said and done with.

Brooklyn is  a 1-point favorite on the NBA odds against the visiting Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

When the Brooklyn Nets fired Avery Johnson, interim coach PJ Carlesimo knew that this was probably the last chance that he was ever going to have at being the head coach of a team during his career. He is in the midst of a solid season, as his team is 27-19 and in second place in the Eastern Conference. However, losses like 105-85 home defeat at the hands of the Miami Heat are the types of ones that Carlesimo can’t afford if he wants to become the full-time coach of this team.

In fairness to Carlesimo, he has done a really nice job with this roster, going 13-5 in his 18 games as the man in charge. Making great NBA picks at a clip like that is the type of record that will give a man his job for quite a few years in this league, and that’s exactly what Carlesimo is going to try to keep up with going into February, which starts with home games against the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.

The Brooklyn Nets are emerging as a serious contender in the Eastern Conference, but will get the litmus test Wednesday when they host the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.

After a sparkling run that followed the firing of coach Avery Johnson beginning last month, Brooklyn (26-18) has come back down to earth by going 5-5 over its last 10 games. Miami (28-13) continues to hold the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but are coming off a double-overtime loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday that snapped a four-game winning streak.

These two teams faced off Dec. 1—prior to the Johnson firing and the beginning of the P.J. Carlesimo tenure—with the Heat coming away an easy 102-89 victor in Brooklyn.

As NBA picks, both of these teams have been mediocre this season. Miami brings in a record of 20-21 against the spread, while the Nets have gone 21-21-3 against the number.

The Brooklyn Nets have surged to fourth-place in the Eastern conference by winning nine of their last 10 games, and now look to continue that roll this week with difficult road games on consecutive days beginning with the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday and concluding with the Houston Rockets.

The Nets (25-16) resurgence under interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo has largely been spurred by an improved performance on the defensive end. This development has largely coincided with the increased health of center Brook Lopez, who in addition to being the teams leading scorer (18.5 points a game) provides a much-needed physical presence down low for the Nets.

Brooklyn recently displayed their defensive dominance in an 88-85 win against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden as a 3.5-point underdog Monday. In that game, Brooklyn held the Knicks to 40.5 percent shooting from the field.

In Memphis, the Nets face a team that has been among the favorite NBA picks among handicappers, as evidenced by their 23-16-1 mark against the spread this season. That mark could certainly improve as the Grizzlies (26-14) have  been caught in a rut of late and have lost three of their last five games straight-up.

Houston (22-21 straight-up) is trying to snap out of its own rut, as the Rockets lost seven straight games before beating-up on the lowly Charlotte Bobcats on Monday.