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Nets Want To Remain Sharp As The Playoffs Approach

Posted by Craig Parsons on 4/14/2013 11:30:34 PM

The Brooklyn Nets will have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, and they’ll want to win one more regular-season home game this upcoming Monday against Washington.

Washington Wizards @ Brooklyn Nets –Monday, April 15

Sport bettingline: No line

Why Washington Will Win

This is not high-stakes poker, but NBA basketball needs a dealer just the same, and the lead dealer for the Wizards, point guard John Wall, will be in position to dictate the terms on which this game is played. Wall scored 33 points last Tuesday night in a loss against the New York Knicks. He is clearly Washington’s best player at the moment, and since he’s the point guard, his excellence can flow to other teammates in a number of ways.

It’s ideal for an NBA team to have its center become its best player, but point guard is a good number-two option. When a point guard dominates the action, wing defenders become conscious of the need to stop dribble penetration. If a point guard can get into the paint and draw a help defender from the wing, he can set up a kickout to an open shooter.

If the wing defenders stay on their defensive assignments, the point guard can get near the rim and either score with a floater (or layup) or draw a big man toward him, setting up an easy dish to a teammate for a dunk. Wall is creating a lot of havoc on the court for opposing defenses, and this is what will give Washington the ability to score on a consistent basis against Brooklyn on Monday.

The Wizards have every chance in the world to win this game, especially since the Nets are pretty well established as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and don’t have an overwhelming incentive to win. You could very realistically see the Nets rest their best players.

Why Brooklyn Will Win

When the best online betting sites size up this game, they won't have to come up with overly complex reasons for a Brooklyn victory. The Nets are the better team, and they’ve stabilized themselves in recent days.

A win on the road in Boston against the Celtics is not a reason to throw any kind of parade, but it should rate as a source of quiet but real encouragement for Brooklyn, a team that has gone through some brilliant patches and some very rough stretches in a schizophrenic season. Brooklyn’s defense has stabilized in recent weeks, but it was the offense that flourished against Boston, ringing up 101 points thanks to an impressive outing from Deron Williams, the player the Nets need to be at his best in the coming weeks.

The Nets are not just winning right now; they’re playing the way they need to play. That’s an encouraging sign heading into this contest against the Wizards.

Who Will Win

This is Brooklyn's game to lose. These teams don’t have a lot to play for in this contest, but the Nets’ talent and their home-court advantage should ultimately translate into a victory.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Brooklyn


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