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10* Brooklyn (10:05 ET): The Nets’ current four-game losing streak is a season-worst. Previous to this, they’d only lost three in a row one other time and that was back in early February. After that three-game losing streak, the team proceeded to win (and cover) its next eight games. But a 113-109 loss at Dallas Thursday night ensured there would be no repeat of that. The Nets have also now failed to cover four in a row. There’s only been one longer ATS losing skid this season and that occurred in the first seven games of the season. But I do see Brooklyn bouncing back tonight in Denver as the Nuggets find themselves in the second half of a challenging back to back.
Last night, the Nuggets were in Utah and lost to the Jazz 127-120. Now in fourth place in the Western Conference, they have a very comfortable lead (five games) over fifth place Dallas, but last night’s loss leaves them one game back of the Clippers. I don’t see Denver catching the Clips. Not without PG Jamal Murray, whose season is done due to an ACL tear. While the Nuggets have actually fared quite well (so far) w/o Murray (10-3 SU), they’ve dropped two of three and the injuries have really started to pile up with Morris, Barton and Dozier all out.
Brooklyn is missing James Harden and is just 10-9 SU without him. But they still have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the latter of whom scored 45 against the Mavs Thursday. There’s a greater sense of urgency for the Nets right now (compared to Denver) as they are now three games back of first place Philadelphia in the East and tied with Milwaukee for second. The Nets haven’t shot the ball all that well the L4 games, odd for a team that averages 118.5 PPG, while I don’t see Denver matching last night’s 51.8% shooting. The Nets won by six when these teams met in January to improve to 5-1 ATS L6 meetings. 10* Brooklyn
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