The Miami Heat will head out on the road to face off against the Milwaukee Bucks at 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday at Fiserv Forum. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they’ll have plenty of motivation to get the ‘W’.
Last Saturday, things could have been worse for Miami, but they could have been a whole lot better as they took a 106-90 loss to Minnesota. The Heat have now taken an ‘L’ in back-to-back games.
Meanwhile, the point spread may have favored the Bucks on Sunday, but the final result did not. They lost to Atlanta at home by a decisive 127-110 margin. The Bucks were down 101-80 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from.
The losing side was boosted by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who dropped a double-double on 26 points and 11 rebounds.
Miami now has a losing record at 1-2. As for Milwaukee, their loss dropped their record down to 1-1.
Not only did the two teams lose their last games, but neither team managed to cover the spread. Looking ahead, the Bucks are the favorite in this one, as the experts expect to see them win by six points. Miami might be worth a quick bet since they’ve covered the spread the last three times they’ve played Milwaukee.
The Heat came out on top in a nail-biter against the Bucks in their previous matchup back in April, sneaking past 128-126. Will the Heat repeat their success, or do the Bucks have a better game plan this time around? We’ll find out soon enough.
The Utah Jazz will head out on the road to face off against the Denver Nuggets at 9:00 p.m. ET on Monday at Ball Arena. The Jazz might want some stickum for this game since the team gave up 18 turnovers on Saturday.
Last Saturday, Utah found themselves the reluctant recipients of a 126-104 punch to the gut against Phoenix. The Jazz were down 106-78 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from.
Meanwhile, the Nuggets had already won two in a row (a stretch where they outscored their opponents by an average of 8 points), and they went ahead and made it three on Sunday. They put the hurt on Oklahoma City with a sharp 128-95 win. Winning is a bit easier when you work as a team to rack up 12 more assists than your opponent, as the Nuggets did.
Among those leading the charge was Nikola Jokic, who dropped a double-double on 28 points and 14 rebounds. He is on a roll when it comes to rebounds, as he’s now pulled down ten or more in the last three games he’s played.
Utah now has a losing record at 1-2. As for Denver, their victory bumped their record up to 3-0.
The Jazz are hoping to beat the odds on Monday, as the experts think they’re headed for a loss. For those looking to play the spread, keep Utah’s opponent in mind: they have a solid 7-3 record against the spread vs Denver over their last ten matchups.
The Jazz didn’t have too much breathing room in their contest against the Nuggets in their previous matchup back in April, but they still walked away with a 118-114 win. The rematch might be a little tougher for the Jazz since the squad won’t have the home-court advantage this time around. We’ll see if the change in venue makes a difference.
Odds Denver is a big 8-point favorite against Utah, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Nuggets as a 7.5-point favorite.
The over/under is set at 227.5 points.
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The Charlotte Hornets and Brooklyn Nets get together for an Eastern Conference showdown on Monday. The Hornets are 1-1 and the Nets are 0-2 this season, with Brooklyn sweeping the four-game season series in 2022-23. Miles Bridges (suspension), Cody Martin (knee), James Bouknight (knee), and Frank Ntilikina (tibia) are out for Charlotte. Nicolas Claxton (ankle) and Cameron Johnson (calf) are out for Brooklyn.
Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. SportsLine consensus lists Charlotte as a 1-point favorite, while the over/under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 227.5 in the latest Nets vs. Hornets odds. Before making any Hornets vs. Nets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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Nets vs. Hornets spread: Nets +1 Nets vs. Hornets over/under: 227.5 points Nets vs. Hornets money line: Nets -102, Hornets -118 Brooklyn: The Nets are 24-20 against the spread in the last 44 road games Charlotte: The Hornets are 17-26 against the spread in the last 43 home games Nets vs. Hornets picks: See picks at SportsLine Why the Nets can cover Brooklyn’s offense is off to a flying start in 2023-24. The Nets are scoring more than 1.15 points per possession and shooting 42.9% from beyond the 3-point arc. Brooklyn is also shooting 49.4% from the field and 80.6% from the free throw line while generating 30.0 assists per game. The Nets are also securing 31.6% of available rebounds after missed shots, and potent guard Cameron Thomas is averaging 33.0 points per game on 62.5% shooting.
On the other side, Brooklyn is in the top 10 of the league in free throw prevention, assist prevention, and defensive rebound rate in the early going, and that comes after a very solid defensive season in 2022-23. The Nets held opponents to 46.3% shooting from the field and 51.8% from 2-point range last season, and Brooklyn also led the league with 6.2 blocked shots per game. With Charlotte shooting just 27.7% from 3-point range and committing more than 18 giveaways per game, Brooklyn’s defense should be in a favorable position. See which team to pick here.
Why the Hornets can cover Charlotte is led by a dynamic creating guard in LaMelo Ball, who averaged 23.3 points and 8.4 assists per game a season ago. He also scored 20 points, dished out nine assists and grabbed nine rebounds in Charlotte’s most recent game, and Ball keys a group that is averaging 27.0 assists per game this season. The Hornets are also in the top five of the NBA with 30.0 free throw attempts per contest, and Brooklyn’s defense is struggling in the early going.
The Nets are allowing 119.5 points per 100 possessions and 40.5% 3-point shooting to opponents while forcing fewer than ten turnovers per game. On the other end, Charlotte is stout to this point, giving up fewer than 1.05 points per possession and 25.4% 3-point shooting. The Hornets are creating 18.0 turnovers per game in 2023-24, and Charlotte was also firmly in the top 10 of the NBA in steals (7.7 per game) and blocks (5.2 per game) a season ago. See which team to pick here.
How to make Hornets vs. Nets picks SportsLine’s model is leaning Under on the point total, projecting 225 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits nearly 70% of the time. You can only see the model’s NBA picks at SportsLine.