How rough is it about to get for the Brooklyn Nets? Well, on Tuesday night they are starting a nine-game road trip, which is the longest in the franchise’s history, and they are doing so against a team that is not only one of the hottest in the NBA, but also one that made a huge statement in its first game back from the All-Star break. The Portland Trail Blazers have managed to turn what many considered a “transitional” season into one in which they are contending for a playoff spot. This game is set to begin at 10:05 PM ET at the Moda Center, and BetAnySports patrons can test their skill against ever-changing basketball betting odds even after the opening tip, as they take advantage of the state-of-the-art software available through the facilities of Live Betting Extra.
Portland is #7 in the West right now, with a 29-27 record that puts them just a half-game behind Dallas. But they are also just a game ahead of Houston, so if they lose and the Rockets beat the Utah Jazz, they will find themselves in a tie for the seventh spot. The Nets are hoping to lay some kind of foundation to rebuild with, as they are far out of any playoff contention. They have replaced the coach and GM, but there will undoubtedly be some serious personnel moves made in the off-season.
It is amazing when you consider that the Blazers lost 76 points a game off their roster in the off-season with the departures of LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Aaron Afflalo, Robin Lopez and Wesley Matthews. CJ McCollum, a big star at Lehigh who had gone through a couple of ho-hum seasons, has exploded, averaging 20.9 ppg and combining with Damian Lillard for one of the league’s best backcourts.
In the basketball betting lines posted at BetAnySports for this game, the Blazers are laying a lot of points:
Portland Trail Blazers -11.5
Brooklyn Nets +11.5
Over 210.5 points -110
Under 210.5 points -110
One thing that the interim coach Tony Brown is trying to do is increase the tempo at which his team is playing. “Obviously we’ve made a conscious effort to speed the game a little bit,” he says. “I think our movement, our pace has helped us in that regard to scoring over 100 in those games, and I’d like to keep it up there.” Brown came aboard after Lionel Hollins – who was known for a more deliberate approach – was fired on December 10. The chances of him holding onto this job on a full-time basis would appear rather remote, but he is indeed auditioning. And the Nets, who were last in the league in three-point shooting percentage when Brown took over, have the NBA’s best accuracy rate over the last dozen games (43.7%).
BetAnySports customers also know that the Nets can get things done offensively on the inside, with Brook Lopez averaging 20 points out of his center position. If there is any part of the Blazers that is a bit vulnerable, it’s that they can be challenged up front. Mason Plumlee, who practiced quite a bit against Lopez when they were teammates with the Nets, has been a starter from Day One since coming over in a trade, and he is averaging 7.6 rebounds.
Lillard hit nine triples in a shocking 137-105 romp over the Golden State Warriors four nights ago, and he and McCollum teamed up for 61 points last time out against Utah, as the Blazers came back from a 13-point deficit to beat the Jazz.
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