NBA Betting: Home Court Advantage Will Finally Tell For Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nets 1.65, Houston Rockets 2.25

The home comforts of the Barclays Center should be the difference when the Houston Rockets pay a visit to the Brooklyn Nets this evening.

Having been awful on their home court earlier in the season, the Nets are now on a roll and will come into this contest on the back of a 14-game winning streak in Brooklyn. A 15th win will see the Nets set a franchise record.

The Nets haven't been that good at home for over 12 years, back when the franchise was still in New Jersey and Jason Kidd was on the court, not the side-lines.

That season (2001-02) the Nets were headed to the NBA finals, but there's little chance of that at the moment because they still can't get themselves into position to even have home court advantage in the first round.

The Nets have been without the injured duo of Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko, who are both expected back within days, but their absence hasn't been missed too much over the last month.

For the Rockets, Dwight Howard is struggling with an ankle issue and is listed as day-to-day. Even if he plays, the question is how effective can a big man with an ankle problem be?

So that's why it's worth taking the 1.67 on offer for the Nets to win this one. If that's not to your liking, for 1.90 you can go under on the combined points total of 209.5.


Dallas Mavericks 1.57, Golden State Warriors 2.45

In recent weeks the Dallas Mavericks have been yo-yoing between seventh and ninth as they battle the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns for a playoff spot. It's the NBA's version of musical chairs with one side set to miss out when the regular season music stops.

Just two games ahead of these three are the Golden State Warriors and the Mavericks have a chance to drag the team from Oakland into the battle.

The Mavericks have gone 4-3 during this epic eight-game home stand but they will relish the chance to bring the Warriors closer to the fight, so take the Dallas Mavericks to win at 1.57.

Best bet: 1.65 for Brooklyn Nets to beat the Houston Rockets.