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In Tuesday’s NBA action, the Nets continue their west coast road trip as they prepare to take on the Utah Jazz. Brooklyn comes in as one of the most stabilized teams in the NBA as they have weathered the storm of losing Kevin Durant to an injury with the outstanding play of superstar James Harden. They have won seven of their last eight, and prepare for a Utah team who all year long, has been the most consistently great team in the league. The Jazz come in with the top record in the league at 31-11 and are the current number one seed in the West.
Harden’s transition into full-time point guard has done wonders for Nets
People were not quite sure how the backcourt duo of James Harden and Kyrie Irving would perform with one another, being that both are ball-dominant players and both play the same position. With Kevin Durant out, people have been able to see that they are going to be just fine, as they are one of the hottest teams in the league even without Durant, and they appear to only get better once the superstar forward returns.
The Nets are working so well right now because of Harden’s ability to pass the ball. Many forgot how good of a ball-distributor Harden was in Houston as they were fixated on his incredible scoring ability, but he has become the true point guard and under the legendary point guard who also happens to be his head coach Steve Nash, Harden is playing the position at one of the highest levels we have seen offensively, and he has the Nets becoming true contenders. They will be up against a stout defensive team in Utah Wednesday, in what is an extremely compelling matchup of two great teams.
Jazz cruising with so many key injuries to Western Conference Stars
There has been an ungodly amount of injuries in the league, and it has hit the title contenders such as the Lakers, who have both Anthony Davis and Lebron James out for extended time with injury, the hardest. The Jazz have been healthy all season long, but even when other teams were at full-strength, they still proved that they were the cream of the crop this season in the NBA. They come into Wednesday night with the best overall record in the league, and right now, look to be a title favorite.
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— utahjazz (@utahjazz) March 23, 2021
Utah will be up against a Nets team Wednesday that many people were cautious about when they made the trade for Harden, and then again when Durant went down, but with them playing as well as they are, it is hard to not consider them title contenders as well. The matchup could in fact be a preview of this year’s finals, as the defending-champion Lakers are falling fast with the injuries to their biggest stars, as Brooklyn looks to only get better with the return of Kevin Durant sometime soon.
- UTA: Jazz are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
- UTA: Jazz are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- BRK: Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- BRK: Nets are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games.
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
We have a game here with one of the better road teams in the league against one of the better home teams and I’m going with the road team in Brooklyn because of one thing: star power. Kyrie Irving took the night off to celebrate his 29th birthday against Portland on Tuesday and should have fresh legs. Pairing that with the level at which James Harden is playing at on any given night and how much juice the Nets have, they should win a tough game Wednesday.
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Full-Game Total Pick
With all of the offensive players in this game and taking into account that they both have dynamic backcourt play, there is no way that this won’t be an offensive showcase. You always have the shooting threat with both of these teams, and they both could take a lot of threes and shoot the ball at a high rate to really put points on the scoreboard.