Denver Nuggets vs. Brooklyn Nets
The Denver Nuggets look to avoid their third straight loss as they welcome the Brooklyn Nets to town on Friday night. The Nuggets are -6.5 point favorites over the Nets with an over/under point total set at 205.
Head to head, the Nets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Denver. The Nuggets are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games following a S.U. loss, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 home games and 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Nets on the other hand are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, but just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Following their franchise record-tying 15-game winning streak, the Denver Nuggets come into tonight’s game with the Nets having lost back-to-back games in New Orleans and San Antonio. Although mighty impressive, Denver’s recent streak of 15 straight games was overshadowed by Miami’s streak, which was stopped at 27 games in Chicago on Thursday night. Even with consecutive losses, the Nuggets remain in fourth position in the West, just a half-game in front of the fifth placed Memphis Grizzlies.
Despite the absence of Joe Johnson, the Brooklyn Nets have continued on their winning ways on their current eight-game road trip, this time dispatching the Portland Trail Blazers 111-93 on Wednesday. With their win over Portland, the Nets have won four of their first five games of their extended road trip as they continue to fire on the offensive end, averaging 108 points per game over their last five. Even with Johnson sitting the last two out with a right quadriceps injury, Brooklyn managed to put up 102 and 111 points, respectively.
Even though Denver’s scoring has slowed down recently, I still like the over in this game. The over is a perfect 4-0 in the last four meetings and these two teams have totalled 238 and 237 points in their last two showdowns, the latter being their first meeting earlier this season in Brooklyn. There’s no Joe Johnson again tonight and no Ty Lawson for the Nuggets, but Andre Miller is s starting calibre point guard anyway.