NBA Betting Picks: Brooklyn Nets vs. New Orleans Hornets
Brooklyn Nets at New Orleans Hornets
Tuesday, 2/26/13, 8:00 PM EST, TV: YES
Opening Point Spread: New Orleans -2
Current Betting Line: New Orleans -2.5
Opening Total: 184.5
Current Total: 185
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Brooklyn has dropped back-to-back games, including a 76-72 setback to the Memphis Grizzlies as 2.5-point home underdogs last time out, while going UNDER the total in three consecutive contests. The Nets may be without the services of shooting guard Joe Johnson, who is currently a game-time decision, as he continues to battle with plantar fasciitis. The team is 13-12 overall away from the Barclays Center this year, including a 3-5 mark versus Western Conference opponents. Brooklyn is 0-6 ATS versus Southwest division opponents this year, which is hard to ignored when making your NBA expert picks Tuesday night.
The Nets will be trying to snap a four-game road losing streak to the Hornets, while improve to 20-10 under the direction of interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. Over the last five games, Brooklyn is shooting 43.9 percent from the 3-point area, which is far better than its 35.5 mark for the entire 2012-13 NBA season in that particular category. It’s also important to point out that the squad has out-rebounded its opponents by 5.9 boards on average over its last 11 games.
New Orleans ended a three-game losing streak last time out, as it captured a 110-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings as seven-point home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the total for a fourth consecutive contest. The Hornets received a huge effort out of rookie Anthony Davis, who finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, while he’s averaged 16.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in his last four home games. Offensively, the team is averaging 100.1 over its last nine home games, which is far different than its 87.8 in its first 18. New Orleans is 1-2 SUATS as home favorites of three point or less this season.
The Hornets are 10-17 overall at the New Orleans Arena, including a 2-7 mark versus Eastern Conference foes. New Orleans has put together a 13-14 record since the calendar turned to 2013, as it has averaged 97.6 points, while giving up 97.0. The team’s bench has been very impressive in February, averaging 9.1 bench points per game more than its opponents, including 13.3 since the All-Star break.
Sports bettors will likely back the Hornets due to their 6-4-1 ATS as favorites this season, while the Nets are 2-3 ATS as road underdogs of three points or less.
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