It’s a light edition of game notes today, but you’re crazy if you think I’m not addressing Brooklyn’s comeback victory over Phoenix last night. The Nets are now 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four games, but this is all about James Harden.
Harden was incredible, scoring 38 points and hitting the game-winning stepback 3-pointer over Mikal Bridges with 30 seconds left. According to Cleaning The Glass, the Nets are 7.4 in net rating with Harden on the floor this season. He’s been a fantastic addition to this team, and he’s been incredible to watch in a Nets uniform.
With that out of the way, let’s get to the game notes. Today will be somewhat lighter than usual due to Follow The Money duties this morning.
Note: *indicates that team is on the second leg of a back-to-back
Updated injury reports can be found here.
Updated odds for every game can be found here.
The Main Event
Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans (-3, 231.5)
Can oddsmakers make the total high enough for these Pelicans games? New Orleans is 18-2-1 to the over in its last 21 games, and there seems to be no stopping this run. The Pelicans are averaging 117.3 points every 100 possessions while allowing 117.8 per 100 during this 21-game stretch. Their offense has improved tremendously, but their defense is just as abhorrent as ever. Now, they must host a Portland team that has been just as effective on offense as of late. The Blazers are 8-3 SU/9-2 ATS in their last 11 games while putting up a blistering 117.7 offensive rating. It is not surprising to see this total get bet up, and it’s not surprising to see the market refuse to learn a lesson and bet against Portland yet again.