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The Brooklyn Nets are the best team in the league, and there is no doubt about it anymore.

This doesn't mean they are a lock to win the title, but if you’re crafting power ratings then Brooklyn should be at the top. Last night, the Nets showed their depth off with a 121-109 win over the Celtics. Brooklyn averaged 1.26 points per possession and Kyrie Irving dropped 40 points on 15-of-23 shooting, but the contributions of Joe Harris, Landry Shamet and Jeff Green made all the difference. 

That trio combined for 41 points on 13-of-30 shooting while going 11-of-24 from deep. They made up for a quiet night from James Harden, and with their contributions Brooklyn is now 11-1 SU and ATS in its last 12 games. Remember, Kevin Durant is still at least a week away from returning from his hamstring injury. When he is back on the floor, the Nets become the deepest offense we have seen since those Warriors teams from a few seasons ago. Durant’s return is not what makes this team so scary, though: This team is actually improving on defense. 

The Nets have implemented a switch-all style of defense, and their communication on that end of the floor is improving every night. Their defensive rating of 112.0 over this 12-game run is 16th in the league, but it is much better than their season-long metric of 113.5 points allowed per 100 possessions. I have maintained that all Brooklyn needs to be on defense to win a title is below average. Well, the Nets are playing D at an average level right now, and improving on a nightly basis.

Updated odds for every game can be found here.

Updated injury reports can be found here.

*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back

The Main Event

Denver Nuggets (-3.5, 227.5) at Memphis Grizzlies

There might not be a unit playing better than the Grizzlies defense right now, and it has been a driving force behind Memphis' recent 4-2 SU/5-1 ATS run. Through those six games, the Grizzlies have allowed just 1.0 point per possession, 42.9% shooting from the floor and 28.8% from beyond the arc. Two of their opponents during this stretch (Houston and Washington) might rank lower than 21st in offensive efficiency, but they held the Clippers 1.022 points per possession in one of their two meetings and the Bucks managed just 1.048 prior to the All-Star break. This game against Denver will be the fourth time in seven games that Memphis must face a top-five offense, but it could be a short-handed crew yet again for the Nuggets.

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