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Charlotte vs. Brooklyn,
03/01/2019 19:30 EDT,
Score: 123 - 112
Point Spread: -3½/-105 Brooklyn
8* Brooklyn (7:35 ET): These two Eastern Conference playoff contenders just met a week ago, in Charlotte, with the Nets winning 117-115. D'Angelo Russell matched a career-high w/ 40 pts in that game, including the go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute. That was just one of a number of close losses Charlotte has suffered this season. They lead the league w/ 10 losses by three points or less. That doesn't even include Wednesday's painful setback at the hands of Houston where they lost 118-113 as five-point home underdogs after blowing a 12-point second half lead.
Brooklyn is also off a loss here. They too fell at home Wednesday night, to the Wizards, 125-116 in a game they were favored to win by five. Things started well w/ the Nets racing out to an early 10-0 lead. But it was all downhill from there as they ended up trailing by as many as 28 at one point! I expect a strong bounce back effort tonight. That was just the third SU loss (in 19 tries) for the Nets as a favorite this season. They are a perfect 2-0 ATS when off a SU loss as a favorite. Despite Wednesday's loss, they remain in sixth place in the East and now are getting Spencer Dinwiddie back (has been out since 1/23). With Caris LeVert also back in the fold, this is as close to "full strength" as the Nets have been all season.
Charlotte now has some work to do as they've fallen out of the top eight in the East. They've lost three in a row overall - all at home. Losing three in a row on your own court is obviously a HUGE missed opportunity. But especially so for the Hornets, who are only 8-21 SU on the road. This is one of those situation where I'm NOT buying into the revenge angle. If Charlotte couldn't beat the Nets at home, I don't see them getting the job done in Brooklyn. This is the 4th head to head meeting of the season and the Nets have won two of the previous three. 8* Brooklyn