The inter-conference showdown at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will see the San Antonio Spurs going against the Brooklyn Nets. These two teams will meet each other for the second time this season, and the Spurs have barely overcome the Nets 117-114 as 8-point home favorites which was their eighth straight victory over Brooklyn. San Antonio is currently tied with the Clippers at the 7th spot of the Western Conference table, while the Nets are the No. 6 seed in the East.
NBA: Monday, February 25, 2019, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, 7:30 PM ET
The Spurs are in a serious crisis
The San Antonio Spurs (33-28; 32-29 ATS) are coming off a surprising 130-118 defeat at the New York Knicks last night to record their second straight loss and sixth over their last seven outings. It was another appalling defensive performance by the Spurs who allowed the worst shooting team in the league to make 51.0% of its field goals. After the game, Gregg Popovich called the Spurs’ defensive effort pathetic. His team is only 1-9 ATS in the last ten games overall, allowing 120.8 points per 100 possessions during that span which is the worst record in the league. Also, the Spurs are 3-7 straight up and ATS in their last ten games on the road, and the over is 10-0 in that stretch.
DeMar DeRozan is leading the way for the Spurs, averaging 21.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game while making 46.6% of his field goals. LaMarcus Aldridge is posting 20.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest, while Rudy Guy is adding 14.3 points and 6.5 boards per outing. The Spurs are scoring 113.3 points per 100 possessions (6th in the league) on 47.8% shooting from the field (4th) and 40.4% from beyond the arc (1st), allowing 112.6 points in a return (25th) on 47.0% shooting from the field (24th) and 36.4% from downtown (also 24th).
The Nets are looking to avoid the third straight loss at home
The Brooklyn Nets (31-30; 34-27 ATS) are coming off a 117-115 victory at the Charlotte Hornets this past Saturday to record their second win over the last five outings. D’Angelo Russell had a big night with 40 points on 14-of-31 shooting from the field, while the Nets nailed 17 triples out of 43 attempts. Brooklyn is just 4-6 straight up and 5-5 ATS in its last ten games overall, while the Nets have dropped two games in a row at home and are 4-3 straight up and 2-5 ATS in their previous seven showings at Barclays Center.
D’Angelo Russell is leading the way for the Nets, averaging 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game while making 43.4% of his field goals. The talented big man Jarrett Allen is posting 11.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per contest, while Joe Harris is adding 13.9 points per game on 50.4% shooting from the field and 47.0% from downtown. The Nets are scoring 110.0 points per 100 possessions (17th in the league) on 45.0% shooting from the field (23rd) and 35.6% from beyond the arc (10th), allowing 110.6 points in a return (17th) on 46.4% shooting from the field (20th) and 34.5% from downtown (9th).
San Antonio Spurs:
- 4-5 SU and 6-3 ATS in nine road meetings with the Eastern Conference this term
- 3-7 SU and 5-5 ATS on the back end of the last ten back-to-back sets
- Over is 12-1 in the last 13 games overall
- 5-2 SU and ATS in the last seven home meetings with the Western Conference
- 2-3 SU and 2-2-1 ATS in the last five home meetings with the Spurs
- Over is 7-3 in the last ten games overall
The Winner Prediction
The Spurs should be highly motivated to bounce back from that awful defeat at the Knicks, but beating the Nets on the road in the back-to-back matchup will be a tall task. Betting against Gregg Popovich is often a bad idea, but I really think the Nets are in a better position than the Spurs. It’s a tough wager, as the visitors desperately need a win, but I’ll go with the Nets to cover and finally beat the Spurs after eight straight losses.
The Pick: Brooklyn Nets -2.0 (-110)