Basketball betting odds handicappers are disappointed with the New Jersey Nets as they have failed to make significant strides in the Eastern Conference this year with the NBA odds.
The Atlanta Hawks will host the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night with a telecast on NBA TV set to start at 7 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this Eastern Conference matchup so be sure and open your account for action today.
New Jersey had a betting on basketball record of 22-45 straight up and was 32-35 against the spread. The Nets were not a good value on the road with a mark of 12-20 against the spread. New Jersey was a surprise value as of late however as they got the money in 6 out of 10 games from February 25 through March 18 as they went over the total in 7 of the games in that span.
New Jersey was led by Brook Lopez who had a team best 20.1 points per game while Kris Humphries led the team in rebounds with an impressive 10.1 per outing. The Nets were a poor offensive team that ranked 28th in the NBA for scoring but the defense was middle of the pack and ranked 15th for points allowed.
First year coach Larry Drew has maintained the playoff contender status of the Atlanta Hawks as they had a NBA betting record of 39-30 straight up but were just 30-39 against the spread. Atlanta was a poor board value at home with a mark of 12-22 against the spread as they went under the total in 19 of their 34 games as a host.
Atlanta has improved defensively under Drew as they ranked 9th in the NBA for points allowed while their offense ranked 25h for scoring in the league, which is of concern with the playoffs approaching. Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 18.8 points and 4.9 assists per game while Al Horford had 9.6 assists per outing.
Atlanta has paid out in 4 consecutive home games against New Jersey and the series has gone over the basketball betting odds total in 6 of the last 7 matchups in Atlanta.