New Jersey Nets vs. New Orleans Hornets

Two teams in need of a win square off tonight as the New Jersey Nets host the New Orleans Hornets.  The Nets are -6.5 point favorites tonight over the Hornets.

It’s been tough going for both the Nets and Hornets this season. Although they didn’t get the player they were after, New Jersey will be considerably better with the addition of Gerald Wallace going forward. Wallace didn’t come cheap as the Nets sent Portland Mehmet Okur’s expiring contract, Shawne Williams and a protected first round pick. When Deron Williams and Brook Lopez return from injury, the Nets could be a fringe playoff team in the weaker Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Hornets sit dead last in the Western Conference, losers of three straight and seven of 10 overall. New Orleans has been hamstrung with injuries to key players pretty much all season, with Eric Gordon, Emeka Okafor and Carl Landry all missing extensive time.

Head to head, the Hornets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New Jersey, while the home team is 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Nets are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 7-20 ATS in their last 27 home games. The Hornets on the other hand are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games, but just 5-16 ATS in their last 21 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Even though New Jersey has won five more total games than New Orleans, the Hornets have actually won more road games than the Nets have won home games, which illustrates just how bad they have been at the Prudential Center. The Hornets have covered in eight of their last 10 road games it wasn’t long ago that this team took down Milwaukee, New York, Cleveland and what should have been Chicago on their recent Eastern trip. Give me New Orleans here.

Pick

New Orleans Hornets +6.5 New Jersey Nets

March 17, 2012 by : Posted in NBA, Sportsbook No Comments

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