• Nets Odds to Win NBA Title: +16000
• Nets Odds to Win Eastern Conference: +8000
• Nets Odds to Be the 8th Seed: -105
• Nets Game 1 Odds vs. Orlando: +4, O/U 213, +148 ML
*Odds from FanDuel Sportsbook.
The Brooklyn Nets are planning to head down to Orlando on July 7 to finish the NBA season. They will begin eight games in 16 days stretch starting July 24. Currently, the Nets are 30-34 and the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn holds a half-game lead over the Orlando Magic for their position.
Brooklyn has had an up and down season dealing with injuries and the firing of head coach Kenny Atkinson. Kevin Durant has yet to play a game in a Nets uniform, and Kyrie Irving has only played 20 games this season. Now, as they head to Orlando, center DeAndre Jordan has announced he has tested positive for coronavirus and will not be traveling with the team. Spencer Dinwiddie has also tested positive for COVID-19 and has not yet declared his plans for the NBA restart.
With the Nets missing players, this puts Brooklyn in a tough position to make a run in the playoffs. They should still get in because they hold a six-game lead over the Washington Wizards, who are ninth in the conference. However, playoff seeding is still up in the air.
Nets Odds Analysis
As of wiring this, the Brooklyn Nets sit at +16000 to win the NBA title. A miracle would need to happen if the Nets wanted even to come close to that. Also, they are +8000 to win the East, which will be difficult considering they may have the face the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.
There isn’t much value on taking the Nets to win it all this year. However, if by chance Durant, Irving, and Jordan miraculously are healthy and head to Orlando, then maybe there’s hope. Until that happens, stay away from Nets futures.
However, bettors could find value in Brooklyn. Right now, the Nets are -105 to finish with the eighth seed, followed by Orlando (+110), and Washington (+750). Brooklyn has its big three out for Orlando and could lose Dinwiddie depending if decided to play or not. Also, the Nets have a half-game lead over Orlando and will play them twice in the final eight games. Washington is six games behind Brooklyn, and it is improbable that the Wizards catch the Nets in eight games.
With Orlando’s young roster, they will want to use these final eight games as a springboard head into next season. Plus, the Orlando players will be playing in their home city despite not being able to live at home. However, the Magic do have a tough schedule as the Kings are the only team on their schedule that is currently not in the top eight of either conference. The eighth seed will most likely come down to the two games between the Magic and Nets.
Also, at select sportsbooks, some have added win totals to the board for the final eight NBA games. Brooklyn has their win total at three with -125 juice on the over. Brooklyn finishing 3-5 feels very likely, but it will be hard to win four games with the roster they’ll bring down. There doesn’t seem to be much value on either side.
Nets Remaining Schedule
• Orlando Magic
• Washington Wizards
• Milwaukee Bucks
• Boston Celtics
• Sacramento Kings
• LA Clippers
• Orlando Magic
• Portland Trailblazers
The Nets will play eight games in 16 days. They have on back to back in that stretch on August 3 and 4 with the Bucks and Celtics. Also, the Wizards, Kings, and Trailblazers are in the current playoff picture, and the Magic are the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Overall, the Nets have the sixth easiest schedule in the restart.
Brooklyn will face Orlando twice in the final eight games, as those two teams fight it out for playoff positioning. The Nets hold a half-game lead over the Magic, but those two games could decide who plays who in the playoffs.
The Nets are most likely going to win three to four games during this stretch. The Wizards, Kings, and Trailblazers are not playoff teams. Also, they have two games against Orlando, which should get split between both squads. Their losses will come against the Bucks, Celtics, and Clippers as they most likely won’t even put up a fight against those squads.
Nets Strengths and Weakneses
This season the Nets’ biggest strength has come on the defensive side of the ball. Their defensive efficiency rating is 108.3, which is eighth-best in the league. They have had great defensive success from guys like Joe Harris, DeAndre Jordan, and Garrett Temple.
One of their biggest strengths, however, will not be down in Orlando for the remainder of the season. After DeAndre Jordan tested positive for COVID-19, he announced he would not be playing out the season. Jordan has been a considerable part of their defensive success, along with being a great rebounder. Jordan was averaging 10 rebounds a game for Brooklyn as the Nets were one of the best defensive rebounding teams in the league.
The offensive side of the ball was a different story for Brooklyn. The Nets were 22nd in offensive efficiency this season. A lot of it had to do with the injuries to superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Durant has not played a single game this season, and will not be down in Orlando to finish it out. Also, Kyrie Irving only played 20 games as injuries have kept him sidelined as well. Now, big man DeAndre Jordan will also miss the remainder of the season.
A lack of offense may come from Brooklyn as they’ll miss out on having Durant, Irving, and Jordan in Orlando. They don’t have many scoring options behind these guys, and it also could take a few games for the Nets to get a feel for the rims. Overall, don’t expect many points from Brooklyn in the remainder of the season.
Brooklyn Nets Prediction
The Nets will make the playoffs, but get bounced in the first-round bt either the Bucks, Raptor, or Celtics. The Brooklyn organization and fan base understood that this wasn’t going to be the season that changed everything. Durant is still returning from a 2019 Achilles tear, and Irving hasn’t been consistently healthy all season. Now, Jordan is out for Orlando. The only goal for Brooklyn is to get their young guys more reps heading into next season.
Expect the Nets to treat these eight games like the summer league. They’ll get as many young guys as they can in there to see what other products they have outside of the guys that won’t’ be in Orlando. From a betting standpoint, look at taking Brooklyn to win the eighth seed at -105, which is the best value when betting Brooklyn.