After their trip to the White House, the Miami Heat need to re-focus on ruling the NBA on Wednesday night when they travel to Brooklyn. The Nets will be hoping their guests display the same fallibilities they showed in Sunday’s miserable overtime loss to Boston.
Miami have been beating teams by an average of 5.7 points this season, but the Nets have been improving their production since PJ Carlesimo took interim charge, raising their average score differential to 1.6.
With a 7-3 record over their last ten games, they might like their chances of stifling Miami, who score an average of 6.5 points less on the road than they do at home.
Brooklyn has lost twice already to Miami this season, but they’re much improved since the teams’ last meeting. The Nets are +2 on the handicap at 1.91, but they could come up trumps at 2.12 for the win.
Boston were magnificent in beating Miami two days ago but now the reality of coping without Rajon Rondo really sets in, with the point guard out for up to a year with an injury.
It’s not so much losing Rondo’s points which will hurt the Celtics, but his league-leading 11.1 assists per-night, which is sure to bring down his side’s already-low output of 95.1 points per-night.
Their new look will be tested when they host Sacramento, whose fast offense has been delivered 20.3 fast break points over their last three games.
Sacremento have won only one of their last five, with all of those defeats by more than nine. So don’t be afraid to back Boston on the handicap of -7 at 1.91.
The Los Angeles Lakers have now won three in a row but there’s still no compelling evidence that they’re going to be contenders for the title. At least their hopes of reaching the play-offs seem plausible and they should get another lift when they visit hapless Phoenix.
It’s Steve Nash’s first trip back since he bolted the desert last summer and his new team are -3 on the handicap. The way both are playing, this could go over 201.0 total points as the Lakers pick up the pace.
Bet of the Day: Take Brooklyn to win against Miami at 2.12.
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