Nets vs. Clippers Free NBA Picks and Odds Breakdown

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How will the Nets respond to their L.A. back-to-back on the hardwood against the Clippers on Monday? Let’s see what the NBA odds for this matchup tell us!

Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Monday, December 27, 2021 – 10:30 PM EST at Crypto.com Arena

Betting Preview

The Brooklyn Nets had a lot of problems with COVID-19 in the past week and three of their games were postponed as a result. Still, they weren’t rusty on the return to the floor as the Nets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 122-115 on the road. Brooklyn covered a +2.5 spread, which is the fourth time in six games the Nets managed to cover. At the moment, they stand at a 13-17-1 ATS record.

The Los Angeles Clippers avoided a four-game losing streak with a 105-89 road win against the Sacramento Kings. It was one of the best defensive displays of the season by the Clippers, who covered a -4 spread, the first time they did it in four games. However, Los Angeles still has a negative 14-18 ATS record.

Betting Analysis

Against the Lakers, Brooklyn displayed excellent performance in the first and third quarters and won those periods by 15 and 16 points, respectively. The Lakers did manage to erase a double-digit deficit early in the second half, but the Nets then took a 23-point lead in the fourth.

Los Angeles came back again and tied the score to 115-115, but that was all from the hosts. Nicolas Claxton scored an alley-oop over LeBron James and then made a free throw to give the Nets a 118-115 lead with 40.7 seconds remaining. That moment decided the tilt.

James Harden led Brooklyn with a triple-double of 36 points, ten rebounds, and ten assists, along with three blocks. Patty Mills matched his career-high with 34 points and also set the new NBA record in made threes (8) on Christmas Day, adding seven dimes along the way.

Bruce Brown Jr.had 16 points, six boards, and four dishes, DeAndre' Bembry scored 15 points with five rebounds, while Nicolas Claxton contributed with nine points, six boards, and career-high five swats.

Joe Harris (ankle) and Kyrie Irving (health and safety protocols) are out indefinitely for the visitors. Kevin Durant (COVID-19) and LaMarcus Aldridge (COVID-19) are questionable to feature on Monday.

The Nets have the 9th offense in the NBA that is scoring 110.1 points per game, while their defense is 11th in the league as it allows 106.6 points to the rivals.

Los Angeles hit over 50.0% of the shots from the field, even though they made just 29.2% shots from downtown. On the defensive end, Tyronn Lue’s team recorded ten steals and forced 16 turnovers.

Eric Bledsoe led the Clippers with 19 points, team-high eight rebounds, and team-high seven assists. Paul George chipped in 17 points, six dishes, four boards, and game-high five steals, while Serge Ibaka had 17 points and five rebounds.

Kawhi Leonard (knee) remains the long-term absentee for the Clippers. Reggie Jackson (quarantine), Isaiah Hartenstein (ankle), and Marcus Morris (quarantine) are questionable. Paul George (torn ligament, right elbow) will miss the next three to four weeks.

The Clippers have the 24th offense in the NBA that is scoring 105.5 points per game, while their defense is 6th in the league as it allows 104.7 points to the rivals.

Expert Pick

After the latest news regarding Paul George and his injury, I don’t think the Clippers stand a chance against the Nets on Monday. Harden and Mills have the ability to outscore the entire current Clippers’ starting lineup, with no disrespect toward them, of course.

The COVID-19 situation is now better for the Nets, and although they will likely be without Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge, I believe they are more than good enough to see off the shorthanded Clippers. 

Los Angeles does have a top 10 defense, but it is not going to help them on Monday. Talking about a strong defense, Brooklyn is the best in the league in defending the perimeter, while the Nets have the second-best D when it comes to the field goal. And take in mind for your NBA picks that on top of everything, the Clippers must be a bit tired after playing the Nuggets on Sunday.

NBA Pick: Nets -4 (-110) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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