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(11-19) Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers (18-14)
Date: Saturday, December 23
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: -10
NBA Betting Total: 215
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The Nets have fallen on tough times, four losses in a row that include there winnable home matchups. Brooklyn has lost to New York, Indiana and Sacramento at the Barclay’s Center in that stretch, then once in Toronto.
The Nets did welcome DeMarre Carroll back into the fold a couple of games ago. He scored 15 in 25 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday night.
But the fact that the Nets’ broadcast was proclaiming the Pacers game as “DeMarre Carroll’s return” says a lot. Brooklyn has certainly improved this season but it kind of feels like the Nets were playing over their heads just a bit when they were middling around .500.
De’Angelo Russell is on his way back. He’s been out for five weeks since a knee operation and the original diagnosis was seven or eight weeks. Somehow, it doesn’t feel like he’s just two weeks away, though. Hopefully he comes back before January is out. And he will make a big difference.
Jahlil Okafor also has to work his endurance to a level that will let him play in real games. Sean Marks, the Nets’ GM, thinks he’s still at least a couple of weeks away.
It’s still a question as to what sort of effect Okafor will have; Russell will give the Nets a legitimately dangerous scorer that defenses have to plan for. But right now, it’s just a nondescript blend of former college stars and it doesn’t feel like a group that will win many more games until it gets its point guard back.
As it stands on Saturday, the Pacers will have at least the two best players on their own home court.
Enough has been said about Victor Oladipo. The work he did over the summer building his body and expanding his game has transformed him into a surprise All-Star this season, yes, but, if you ask me, someone who will be representing the Eastern Conference more than once or twice in the three or four years to follow. I believe he’s here to stay and I doubt many would disagree.
Myles Turner, though, has stayed under the radar. He only averages 14 points per game but he scores them efficiently and in such a variety to suggest that he could eventually put up 20. He has a smooth touch from outside and enough post moves to be the lone big in a four-out set. If he continues to improve his game as I suspect he will, the next step is to get a couple of moves off the dribble, a la Al Horford.
Defensively is where he has an All-Star case, though. He’s a top shot-blocker in the NBA and there really aren’t any bigs who can stretch him with perimeter shooting. He can hold his own outside and dominates inside. Between his all-around, two-way game and a strong work ethic, Myles Turner is easily one of the top-20 building blocks in the NBA and he isn’t often talked about that way.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-1 in BK last 9 overall.
- Under is 6-1-1 in BK last 8 vs. NBA Central.
- Under is 6-1-1 in BK last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.
- IND are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games overall.
- Head to Head: Over is 21-5-1 in the last 27 meetings in Indiana.
- Head to Head: Home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Free Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction: the Pacers cruise to an easy win.
They overmatch Brooklyn inside, outside, offensively and defensively. I don’t see much of an angle for Brooklyn to win this game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Brooklyn does cover. +10.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Brooklyn 109 – Indiana 118
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