Billions of dollars in the making, Brooklyn will finally get to say hello to its Nets when they host the Toronto Raptors, two days after their scheduled opener with the Knicks was postponed.
Hopes are high that it will be the start of a new era of dominance and while Jay-Z’s team aren’t in the ranks of title contenders yet after missing out in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, you’d have to fancy them to begin on a winning note. In the pre-season, the new-look backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson showed signs of promise and they should take full advantage of the Raps’ under-sized guards.
Toronto are placing high hopes in their Lithuanian rookie Jonas Valenciunas who had a double-double in his competitive NBA debut, a narrow loss to Indiana. They might run the Nets close so it’s worth going under the handicap of +6. But expect plenty of scoring with over 194 points in the game an intriguing punt.
Two of the most fun teams to watch square off on South Beach when the Denver Nuggets pay the Heat a visit. And both are in need of an instant pick-me-up: Miami are coming in with a 1-1 start following their Friday night horror show against the Knicks when they were wholly out of sync, while Denver dropped to 0-2 with a poor effort in Orlando.
It should still be a high scoring, but even with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade clearly adjusting to the team's new system, go with the Heat to take more of the shine off the Nuggets
Bet of the Day: Go over 194 total points in Brooklyn-Toronto at 1.91.