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Nets Hope To Extend Winning Streak Against Equally Hot Heat

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/9/2014 8:08:37 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have found a way to win four games in a row, and have done so against some pretty impressive teams. Their most recent victory was a four-point win over the Golden State Warriors, but now they must take on the Miami Heat, who were on a three-game winning streak heading into their Thursday matchup with the New York Knicks. The Nets have really struggled this season, but with a 14-21 record they are still very much alive in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Miami Heat @ Brooklyn Nets
Friday January 9, 2014 – 8 PM ET
Odds: Heat -8

What To Watch For From The Miami Heat

Although the Nets are trying to extend a four-game winning streak, the Heat are still the eight-point sports betting favorite. They are one of the better all-around teams in the league that can put up big points, and play suffocating defense as well. These teams met once this season already and it surprisingly was a 101-100 Nets victory. The Heat shot relatively well in that game so beating the Nets this time around may not be as easy as it seems. The Heat continue to ride their starters hard by forcing them to play over 30 minutes a game, and fatigue could set in considering they faced the Knicks 24 hours prior. The Heat are still the team to beat in the East, and as long as they play defense this time the game should fall in their favor.

What To Watch For From The Brooklyn Nets

The Nets could be turning their season around as three of the four teams they beat this past week have a record above .500, and they now hold the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.  Even more surprising than a four-game winning streak is the fact they have done so without the held of Brook Lopez, who had foot surgery last Saturday and is expected to be out the remainder of the season. Lopez’s height is where the Nets had an advantage over the Heat, but now that he’s out they will rely heavily on the play of Andray Blatche who is averaging 11 points and 6 rebounds per game this season.

Outlook

The injury to Lopez really makes it hard to pick the Nets even though they’ve been hot since he went down for the season. Players are stepping up in his absence, but I doubt that will continue against the Heat as they play just as good of defense as they do offense. This game is in Brooklyn, where they are 9-9 this season showing they clearly have failed to take advantage of their home crowd. The Heat have a lot to overcome with this eight-point spread, but I still have them pegged as my sports betting pick.

Pick: Heat

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