Going into this year’s NBA season expectations were very high for the Brooklyn Nets. As the season progressed the Nets continued to disappoint. That is until recently.
At press time the Nets had won four straight games and 11 of 13 overall, most of this without Kevin Garnett. The Nets have proven talent even if some would say they are a bit old.
The big question for me with this team is their unproven coach, Jason Kidd. While he was a pretty darn good player he had absolutely no coaching experience whatsoever and it showed all year up until recently. The jury is still out on whether or not the guy can coach.
One thing I know is this team is now playing with energy and effort every night. It was fun watching the Nets go into Dallas and knock off the soft Dallas Mavericks last weekend as Jason returned to Dallas and beat the Mavs in overtime.
Deron Williams is starting to play consistently at a high level, Paul Pierce has seen better days but brings the effort each and every night. The players doused Kidd with water after the game. “It’s a little wet in there,” Kidd said, warning of the pile of ice surrounded by towels in the middle of the locker room floor. “You guys be careful. I don’t want any media getting hurt.”
Kidd tends to be a media darling. I don’t much care for that one way or the other. What I do care about is cashing tickets at the bet window. Lately I have been making a very good living riding the wave of the Nets as they continue to win games both home and away.
Shooting star Joe Johnson is the biggest reason why the Nets have continued to impress lately. This team has talent and is certainly peaking at the right time. The East is weak with it basically coming down to a two team race between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers.
Based on experience alone, and if the Nets can get healthy, there may be some added value betting this team in the post season. The Nets have a winning ATS (against the spread) record and are particularly good at home.
Keep an eye on the Nets moving forward. In the meantime, in the words of my friend and sports betting legend Lem Banker, “Bet with your head, not over it.”
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