Jan 5, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts to a made basket in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
The Nets and Trail Blazers meet on Monday night
This is the second game of a back-to-back for both teams
Find the odds, preview, and best bet below
The Brooklyn Nets head west on Monday night for a matchup with the Damian Lillard-less Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. The tip-off is scheduled for 10pm ET.
Brooklyn is coming off a victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday afternoon thanks to a clutch runner from rookie Cam Thomas in OT. The Blazers meanwhile, took down the Sacramento Kings in the first game of a back-to-back.
The Nets are an 11-point road favorite here but they’ve failed to cover in three of the last four games. Portland is brutal as an ATS underdog though, posting a 3-14 record. It’s a great chance to try out New York sports betting, which just launched!
Nets vs Trail Blazers Odds
Portland Trail Blazers
Odds as of January 9th at FanDuel.
Nets Get Kyrie Boost
Brooklyn has hit a cold spell lately, going just 5-5 in their last 10 games while losing three straight not long ago. However, they will be pleased that Kyrie Irving will be able to suit up on the road against Portland after he poured in 22 points in his season debut vs Indiana last week.
Kyrie Irving season debut:
in 32 MINS pic.twitter.com/rIdnTomTKB
— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 6, 2022
Kyrie definitely showed some rust out of the gate, but he eventually settled in and put together an impressive display. With the Nets’ next two contests away from the Barclays Center, this is a fantastic opportunity for the Big 3 to build chemistry once again.
Needless to say, Brooklyn will be welcoming Irving back with open arms after a rather shaky performance on Sunday at home against the Spurs. While Steve Nash’s group was able to pull through and end a five-game losing streak at home, it wasn’t convincing.
The Nets had a double-digit lead in the final quarter but went ice cold while San Antonio mounted a comeback to force overtime.
Kevin Durant and James Harden combined for 54 points, but the rotation struggled to hold onto the ball, committing a brutal 21 turnovers which the Spurs translated into 29 points.
They also drained a mere 29% of their triples. On a more positive note, however, Brooklyn thrives on the road, going 14-3 this season. After playing an extra period, the rotation may feel worn out, especially since KD and Harden played over 40 minutes apiece on Sunday. That being said, Kyrie’s return couldn’t come at a better time.
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If it wasn’t bad enough that Portland is missing their two franchise stars in Lillard and CJ McCollum, Norman Powell also entered COVID-19 protocols prior to Sunday’s contest. That leaves the Blazers’ roster extremely shorthanded right now. It was also announced that Dame will miss the team’s upcoming six-game road trip.
Chauncey Billups says Damian Lillard will not travel with the team on their upcoming seven-game road trip. He will meet with a specialist instead to determine next steps.
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) January 10, 2022
Even with him available, Chauncey Billups’ squad was playing very poorly. They’ve now lost five of their last seven games and sit at a disappointing 15-24 on the season but managed to beat the Kings behind a valiant performance from the first unit.
Four of their five starters finished in double-digits, with Anfernee Simons leading the way as he erupted for 31 points on 7-for-11 shooting from downtown. Jusuf Nurkic was also brilliant and literally did it all, collecting 14 points, 16 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists.
BLAZERS WIN! pic.twitter.com/UoaEr4cq6x
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) January 10, 2022
The Blazers haven’t typically shot the ball that well from downtown but they sure thrived vs Sacramento, sinking 42% of them. After a convincing 17-point win like this, it will undoubtedly do wonders for the confidence of a team who are without their top three players.
Nets vs Blazers Prediction
The spread is very wide here and with both clubs on the tail-end of a back-to-back, it’s a little hard to predict.
However, the Nets have failed to cover consistently throughout the last week and the Blazers really impressed on Sunday with a solid team win. Brooklyn will come out victorious, but Portland will make it closer than expected on their home floor.
Pick: Blazers ATS +11 (-114)