The Brooklyn Nets are in the process of a transition at the moment, and part of it is changing the actual way they play. On Monday night they ill take to the floor against the Los Angeles Clippers, in pursuit of their third consecutive win, in action that is set to begin at 10:35 PM ET at the Staples Center. And although BetAnySports customers can get reduced juice before the game gets started, they can continue their activity even after the opening tip, as they take advantage of real time wagers while the game is in progress with the help of Live Betting Extra.
The Nets have gone through a season of some nightmare, as they have paid the price for going after the “win now” policy by obtaining the likes of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. They let go of the last vestige of that at the end of last week, as they bought out Joe Johnson in the hope of freeing up some cap space. They have won both games since. And they have not had a three-game win streak all season.
This is part of what is expected to be a brutal nine-game road trip for the team, but they have handled it pretty well so far, with wins over Phoenix and Utah, forcing 41 turnovers combined in those two games. They are 17-42 straight-up and 30-29 against the basketball pointspread. The Clippers are 38-20 straight-up and 29-26-2 ATS. They are the fourth-place in the West, two and a half games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder and four ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies.
In the reduced juice NBA odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Clippers are big favorites:
Los Angeles Clippers -12.5 (-105) Brooklyn Nets +12.5 (-105)
Over 210 points -102 Under 210 points -108
Tony Brown, when he took over for Lionel Hollins on an interim basis, pledged that his Nets were going to step the tempo up in a big way. They have delivered on that promise. Brooklyn has scored an average of 104.9 points per game over their last nine, and what is particularly interesting is that they have also shot 44% from beyond the arc during that period, which, needless to say, compares very favorably with with the 31.5% they hit when Hollins was at the helm.
To a man, you will hear these players talk about how they are getting more and more comfortably with the accelerated pace. And they are doing it mostly with young point guards like Donald Sloan and Shane Larkin. Of course, they are going to face a challenge, to say the least, against Chris Paul, who took advantage of the absence of Sacramento’s Rajon Rondo the other night, exploding for 40 points and 13 assists.
BetAnySports patrons saw a spirited game between these squads on December 12, as the Clippers pulled out a 105-100 win at the Barclay’s Center. The Nets hung in with a 25-for-30 performance at the free throw line. And by the way, Blake Griffin played in that game. He is currently out with a hand injury. Austin Rivers had a broken hand, which caused him to miss nine games, and he is expected back for this game.
The Clippers have shot 48% in four of their last six games, and Paul has averaged 26.7 ppg in his last six outings. Brooklyn lacks defense; they have allowed 47% from the floor, and that, in addition to the increase in pace, has resulted in twelve of their last 16 games going over the total.
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