The Brooklyn Nets have put their drama behind them, betting prices alluring

Published on: November 28, 2022, 12:45 p.m.

Last updated: November 28, 2022, 12:45 p.m.

The Brooklyn Nets won’t get on a plane again until December 9th. They just started a seven-game streak, their longest in 11 years, and it looks like they’ve put all their drama in the rear-view mirror. They’re playing one of the NBA’s biggest games tonight, and it’s worth noting that their chances to win the championship are all over the place…depending on the venue.

Here are Monday morning Nets championship odds from the nine New York licensed bookies:

  • BetRivers: +2000
  • FanDuel: +1700.
  • Bet Points: +1600.
  • Caesars: +1600.
  • BetMGM: +1600.
  • Resorts World: +1600
  • WynnBet: +1500.
  • DraftKings +1100.
  • BallyBet: Not available.

For a 10-11 team that hasn’t won more than two straight games all season, those odds still command a degree of respect. The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks are still considered the class of the conference and have the lowest odds of any two teams in the NBA across all nine cards. But the Miami Heat also have a 10-11 record and are priced between +2000 and +3500 on the championship futures market.

Kevin Durant is averaging 29.3 points per game, the most through the first 21 games of a season for KD of his career, surpassing his 29.0 points through the first 20 games of his MVP season in 2013-14 with Oklahoma City.

Why The Nets Low Regard in New York?

The dysfunction that defined the Nets in December made them look like a dumpster fire. But anyone with a pulse could have seen this coming. Durant and Kyrie Irving were clearly unhappy with Steve Nash’s coaching, and he was a dead end to being the first NBA head coach to be fired.

Owner Joe Tsai toyed with the idea of ​​hiring suspended Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, but ultimately decided that Jacque Vaughn was not only a safer choice, but perhaps a better choice. He was already aware of Nets locker room politics, and importing Udoka would have ramifications throughout the organization. That would have ranged from the scouting department to the media relations department, which should have explained why the Nets were taking a coach who was considered disposable in Boston. for his inappropriate relationship with a female employee of the team.

Right now, New York sports fans are so enamored with the Jets, who got three TD passes from new starting quarterback Mike White, and the New York Giants, who are tied with the San Francisco 49ers for the fourth-best record of the NFC, and there’s only so much love to go around. Also, New York has always been a Knicks town, and the ‘Bockers are the team fans would rather read about and watch until they suffer the inevitable annual collapse.

Remember, the Nets have an older fan base centered on Long Island from the days when they were an ABA team and played at the Nassau Coliseum. They also have a New Jersey fan base from their days at the Meadowlands and in Newark. In Brooklyn, they’re giving fans priced out of Madison Square Garden an opportunity to attend an NBA game in person.

Tickets for tonight’s game against the Orlando Magic went on sale Monday morning for just $18 on the secondary market. By comparison, a Bucks-Knicks seat at MSG on Wednesday night was $70 in the low end. and more than $9000 on the top end. You have to win a bunch of bets or have an insanely high salary to enter the Garden and rub shoulders with out-of-work comedian Pete Davidson as he makes a rather nice comeback from Kim Kardashian.

What should we expect from the Nets in December?

Well, for starters, we shouldn’t expect to see them at +2000 to win the championship until Santa returns to the North Pole.

BetRivers almost always has the most attractive NBA odds, and this Monday is an example of how that isn’t always the case when it comes to the NFL. BetRivers lists the Giants at +8000 to win the Super Bowl, while DraftKings, BetMGM and PointsBet have Big Blue at +15000 and FanDuel has the same bet at +12000. BetRivers also lists Durant at +3000 as the NBA’s most valuable player has Cleveland’s Durant and Donovan Mitchell both listed at +1800.

As we pointed out last week, the MVP race appears to be a three-way affair between Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Mitchell for now. But KD is on the prowl. What he needs more than anything is a string of hits to enter that conversation, and this homestand provides that opportunity.

The Nets are favored 10 1/2 against an Orlando Magic team that is tied with Houston and Detroit for the fewest wins in the NBA (5). The Wizards, Raptors and Celtics visit on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, followed by the Hornets and Hawks next week. That’s before the Nets finally charter their plane for a Saturday night game against Indiana.

“It’s still early for this group,” Vaughn told reporters. “They really didn’t play together. And Ben (Simmons), as you can see, is feeling better physically, which helps us. For him to go coast-to-coast and get easy baskets for us, push the tempo for us, get open shots for everybody else … they’re learning how to play with him and play at his pace. So hopefully we’re growing. These combinations will change as we get healthier and continue to play better with each other.”

Brooklyn won’t be on national television until Dec. 21 when they visit Golden State, and NBA-TV will also televise the two games that followed against Milwaukee on Dec. 23 and Cleveland on Dec. 26. The Nets have already played more road games than every NBA team except Utah, Denver and Detroit, and if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000 times: It doesn’t matter what your team looks like in November; it matters what they look like in mid-April.

So where are the value plays?

Betting on NBA futures is one thing; betting games on a nightly basis is another. And in an NBA season where numerous Eastern Conference teams have been ravaged by injuries, you have to know your depth charts to succeed.

The Nets have a very deep roster that includes the league’s most accurate 3-point shooter (Yuta Watanabe), top field-goal percentage shooter (Nic Claxton) and the smaller Seth Curry, who came off the bench against of Portland on Sunday afternoon and dropped 29 points on Portland.

They work on Simmons’ confidence in an odd way, often using him at center while letting Irving or Durant be the main playmakers. Simmons had a team-high 12 rebounds and eight assists in 34 minutes while taking just three shots, making one and not attempting a single free throw against Portland.

Simmons has just two double-doubles this season and is priced at just +215 on DraftKings to have one tonight, while Claxton is +190 to have the eighth. So if you’re building a prop parlay game (only one pick per game is allowed by the nine cards operating in New York), go with the more likely of the two: Claxton.

Building backs for players who take advantage of consistent performances is the trick to November/December basketball betting, and there’s a 10-game slate tonight. A streak of double-doubles by six players who get them often: Claxton, Mason Plumlee (Hornets), Josh Giddey (Thunder), Nikola Jokic (Nuggets), DeAndre Ayton (Suns) and Myles Turner (Pacers) has odds of + 28740, meaning a winning bet of $10 would pay $2,884.03.

How about betting on the Nets to win three in a row for the first time all season? This is not available in New York and is something we will advocate changing as Empire State law evolves. Politicians love money and will ultimately give the public what they want.

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