The NBA Game Breakdown takes an in-depth look at all of the games on the schedule each day in terms of expected pace of play, Vegas lines and defense vs. position matchups.
Please keep in mind that Monday’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Brooklyn Nets will be combined with Tuesday’s games for DFS contests.
Portland Trail Blazers @ Brooklyn Nets
The Trail Blazers (50-26) travel to New York on Monday evening after locking down their first division title in seven years. They are playing extremely well of late, winning six of seven games, as they look to take care of the Nets (35-41) on the road, who are 8-2 over their last 10 games played. It’s a perfect time for the Nets to be playing this well, as they battle four other teams for two spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Nets do hold a slight advantage in this one, notwithstanding win-loss records, considering the Trail Blazers will be burning a coast-to-coast trip for just one game, a reschedule of a January 26 contest.
Over their last four home games, the Nets are shooting almost 50 percent and averaging almost 110 points per game, while getting huge support from Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. The Blazers have been netting inconsistent production from their superstar power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, although others have stepped up when necessary. Take note that Aldridge will NOT be playing on Monday, as he’s already been ruled out of action. I don’t see the Nets covering the -7.0 points the Blazers are being spotted, even with Aldridge ruled out, so the smart play is taking the Blazers and the points; however, look for both clubs to be on target enough that they exceed the 201 over/under. With Aldridge out of action, Lopez becomes a must-play option for me, even with his 6th OPRK against the Nets.
Line: BKN -7.0, Over/Under: 201
Players to Watch
- Brook Lopez, C, Nets – 6th OPRK ($8,000)
- Damian Lillard, PG, Trail Blazers – 18th OPRK ($7,600)
- Deron Williams, PG, Nets – 22nd OPRK ($6,600)
- Aaron Afflalo, SF, Trail Blazers – 23rd OPRK ($4,100)
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