The 2021-22 NBA season continues with an eight-game Sunday card, bringing plenty of interesting markets, so we have prepared the best Nets vs. Nuggets betting pick along with the latest team stats, news, and odds.
Brooklyn and Denver wrap up their two-game interconference series. Just ten days ago, the Nuggets beat the Nets 124-118 as 5.5-point road favorites to snap a three-game skid in head-to-head duels. According to WynnBet Sportsbook the Nuggets are favorites to beat the Nets once more, but this time on the home court at Ball Arena in Denver.
The Nets are slumping big time
The Brooklyn Nets extended their losing streak to seven games this past Friday. They suffered a heavy 125-102 defeat at the Utah Jazz, playing as 5.5-point road dogs. With five games on the shelf, including Kevin Durant and James Harden, the Nets couldn’t cope with the Jazz, who shot 56.5% from the field and 44.7% from downtown (17-for-38).
Kyrie Irving spent 31 minutes on the floor at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. He went only 6-for-20 from the field and finished with 15 points and six assists. Rookie guard Cam Thomas led the way for Nets, setting his career-high with 30 points, while DeAndre’ Bembry had 13 points, five rebounds, and a couple of steals.
The Nets fell to 29-23 straight up and 19-32-1 ATS on the season. They are in trouble, as Kevin Durant (knee) won’t return until mid-March, while Joe Harris is out indefinitely due to an ankle injury. Furthermore, James Harden (hamstring) could easily become a Sixer in the next few days. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Nets are looking to get Ben Simmons in exchange.
The Nuggets hope to stop their three-game slide
The Denver Nuggets (28-24; 22-30 ATS) upset their fans at Ball Arena last Friday, suffering a 113-105 defeat to the 19-32 New Orleans Pelicans. Playing as 5.5-point home favorites, the Nets recorded their third consecutive straight-up loss and failed to cover for the second time in the last three outings.
The Pels outscored the Nuggets 31-23 in the fourth quarter. Once more, Denver struggled to defend, especially at the low post, so the Pelicans accounted for 58 points in the paint. Nikola Jokic led the way for Denver with 25 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists, but he couldn’t cope with Jonas Valanciunas and Jaxson Hayes on the other side of the ball.
Aaron Gordon sat out the Pelicans game due to a hamstring injury. He’s questionable to play Sunday against the Nets, so the Nets could be short-handed on the wing. His eventual return would be a huge boost for Denver, as Gordon has averaged 16.8 points, 5.1 boards, and 3.1 dimes per game over his last eight appearances.
- 1-6 ATS in the last seven games overall
- 1-6 ATS in the last seven games against the Western Conference
- 1-5 ATS in the last six outings as underdogs
- 4-2 ATS in the last six games overall
Brooklyn Nets vs. Denver Nuggets Pick
The Nuggets have gone 2-3 SU and 0-5 ATS over their last five home contests, and this game against the slumping Nets, who miss a bunch of players, is a perfect opportunity for redemption. Denver needs to step up defensively against the injury-depleted visitors, while Nikola Jokic should be unstoppable on the other side of the floor.
James Harden is questionable to play, and with that trade looming, Brooklyn should be careful with his hamstring injury. The Nets still have some interesting options in their backcourt, but I doubt their chances to finish a five-game road trip on a high note.
Pick: Take Denver Nuggets
While the total has gone under in four of Brooklyn’s last six games, the over is 9-4 in Denver’s previous 13. Interestingly, the Nuggets prefer to play at a slow pace (96.9 possessions per 48 minutes), but their defense has been shaky in the last few weeks.
The Nets missed Harden, Durant, and Irving in that 124-118 home loss to the Nuggets. With Kyrie back in the lineup, they should look to speed up things whenever they can and attack the rim as much as possible. The Nets average 99.0 possessions per 48 minutes (10th in the league).
Pick: Go over