The Brooklyn Nets host the Los Angeles Clippers in a high-profile matchup on Monday evening. The Nets are 32-20 overall and 16-8 at home this season, while the Clippers enter at 16-15 on the road and 30-26 overall. Kevin Durant (knee) and Seth Curry (adductor) are out for Brooklyn, with Ben Simmons (knee) listed as questionable. In addition, the Nets will play without Kyrie Irving after agreeing to a trade to send him to Dallas. John Wall (abdominal) is out for the Clippers.
Caesars Sportsbook lists the Clippers as 8-point road favorites, and tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over/under, is 220 in the latest Clippers vs. Nets odds. Before you make any NBA predictions with the Nets vs. Clippers match-up, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Nets vs. Clippers and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Clippers vs. Nets:
- Nets vs. Clippers spread: Clippers -8
- Nets vs. Clippers over/under: 220 points
- Nets vs. Clippers money line: Clippers -335, Nets +260
- LAC: The Clippers are 17-14 against the spread in road games
- BKN: The Nets are 11-12-1 against the spread in home games
- Nets vs. Clippers picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Clippers can cover
L.A. is the superior defensive team on paper in this matchup. The Clippers are yielding only 112.2 points per 100 possessions this season, a top-10 mark in the NBA, and opponents are shooting 46.7% from the field against Tyronn Lue's team. The Clippers are also in the top 10 in free throw prevention and defensive rebound rate, with Brooklyn bringing the NBA's worst offensive rebound rate (22.6%) into this contest. The Nets also attempt the second-fewest free throws (20.8 per game), and L.A. has plenty of offensive advantages to exploit.
The Clippers out-score opponents by more than 12 points per 100 possessions when Kawhi Leonard and Paul George share the floor this season, and Leonard is averaging more than 29 points per game in his last 13 appearances. L.A. is shooting 37.7% from 3-point range as a team, and the Clippers have a path to second-chance opportunities against a Brooklyn team that ranks dead-last in defensive rebound rate this season.
Why the Nets can cover
In addition to a friendly environment at Barclays Center, the Nets have two-way strengths to lean on against the Clippers. Brooklyn is the best shooting team in the NBA this season, ranking in the top three in field goal percentage (50.7%), 3-point percentage (39.1%) and 2-point percentage (57.7%) on the way to the top spot in true shooting percentage. That leads the Nets to a top-eight mark in overall offensive efficiency, and Brooklyn averages more than 16 fast break points per game.
On defense, the Nets lead the NBA in blocked shots (6.8 per game) and 2-point percentage allowed (50.5%), with top-five marks in assist prevention and opponent field goal percentage. Opponents produce only 48.3 points in the paint per game against Brooklyn, and the Clippers rank in the bottom third of the NBA in assists (22.8 per game) and 2-point shooting (52.6%) on offense this season.
How to make Clippers vs. Nets picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 231 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50% of the time. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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