NBA Betting Odds — Are the Nets Ready For Their Close-Up?
If there was any team that was brimming with confidence going into a series against the Miami Heat, it is the Brooklyn Nets, who have not only experienced a rebirth under coach Jason Kidd and with an infusion of veterans, but have taken the measure of the two-time NBA champions in head-to-head competition.
Brooklyn has beaten Miami in ALL four meetings the teams have had this season, and this is the team the Nets wanted to face in the second round of the playoffs, which will get underway with Game 1 on Tuesday night at 7:05 PM ET at the American Airlines Arena.
Of course, the Nets had to get past their first round of playoff action, and they were taken down to the final second of the seventh game against Toronto, as Paul Pierce made a block of what could have been a winning basket by Kyle Lowry to preserve a win.
In the NBA betting odds that have been posted at Get That Bet, the Heat is laying some points at home:
NBA betting odds courtesy of Get That Bet USA Online Sportsbook
Miami Heat -8
Brooklyn Nets +8
Over 192 points -110
Under 192 points -110
If you are a basketball bettor who is leaning toward the Nets in this series, you are probably encouraged by the fact that they have won three of the four games against the Heat by a single point, because that means they can really engage in hand-to-hand combat with the Heat in crunch time and prevail. That, along with the fact that the Nets have had a lot of success with their small lineup, which is a good match for Miami’s small lineup (the one with Chris Bosh at center), might make them attractive at the current series price of +470 in the NBA futures at Get That Bet.
At the same time, however, you’ve got to be careful about making assumptions about the Heat, relative to the Nets, just because Brooklyn won all four meetings this season. The Heat gets to take some time to prepare for this team, and you just know that the motivation is going to be there.
When you talk about the rest period the Heat has had, we would admit that it is in the territory where it could make a team rusty. Sure, Erik Spoelstra has been simulating game conditions in the gym, but NBA bettors know that it simply not the same thing. Pierce commented after he made that big block to key the Game 7 win over Toronto that the Nets were “battle-tested.” Maybe that was a dig at the Heat; maybe it wasn’t. But it had to be at least somewhat satisfying for the Brooklyn players left over from last season to put a playoff series win under their belts.
Many Get That Bet customers like the idea that Kidd has some flexibility with his bench, where he can bring bigger players like Andray Blatche (and even Mason Plumlee) into the game, as well as versatile types like Mirza Teletovic, Andrei Kirilenko and Shawn Livingston, and scorers like Marcus Thornton. So there is certainly some depth to call on. And as NBA bettors are well aware, this is the part where Pierce and Kevin Garnett are supposed to provide that extra ingredient that puts Brooklyn over the top.
This series supplies the best storyline, and it may bring the most dramatic action on the court as well.
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