Don't miss out on the NBA showdown between the Trail Blazers and Nets. The game is starting at 3:00 ET on YES, and it's hosted by the Nets at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 225 points, with the Nets being the favored team playing at home against the Trail Blazers.


The Pick: Brooklyn Nets -8.5

This game will be played at Barclays Center at 3:00 ET on Sunday, January 7th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 109-100 in favor of the Nets.
  • Our projections have Mikal Bridges finishing with Mikal Bridges points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Nets finishing with a field goal percentage of 45.9% and knocking down 14 threes.

Will Portland Pull Through as the Underdog Road Team?

As the Trail Blazers get ready to take on the Nets, they are looking to snap a few streaks. Portland has lost three straight games and has also failed to cover the spread in three straight. Overall, the Trail Blazers are just 9-25 and sit 14th in the Western Conference.

When playing on the road this season, Portland has gone 4-14 and have an average scoring margin of -9.7 points per game on the road. This is the 18th best road scoring differential in the Western Conference.

Portland's ATS record as the underdog this season is 14-16, but they have failed to cover the spread in three straight games as the underdog. Today, they are getting 8.5 points on the road.

When looking at their over/under record for the season, the Trail Blazers have gone 15-18-1. So far, 20 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today's line of 225. Their average over/under line for the season is 226.8.

In their last game, the Trail Blazers put up 103 points against the Mavericks while shooting 41.1% from the field and hitting 13 threes. Jerami Grant is the team's leading scorer, coming into today's game with an average of 21.6 PPG. Shaedon Sharpe is also averaging 16.3 PPG.

On defense, the Trail Blazers come into the game ranked 18th in the league in points allowed at 116.0 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 124.7 points per contest (1st). In their previous game, the Trail Blazers' defense struggled against the Mavericks, giving up 139 points on a field goal percentage of 41%.

Can the Nets Live Up to the Hype at Home?

With an overall record of 16-20, the Nets will look to pick up a win at home today as 8.5-point favorites over the Trail Blazers. If they are able to cover, it will snap a two-game losing streak against the spread as the favorite. For the season, they have been the favorite in 13 games and have a record of 10-3 vs. the spread in these games.

Against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Nets are in 9th place and just 1-4 against other teams in the Atlantic Division. Brooklyn has struggled on the road this season, as they are 6-12 compared to 10-8 at home.

So far, the Nets have an average scoring differential of -6.4 points per game on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +3.4 points per contest. This season, 23 of their games have been played below today's over/under line of 225 points. Their OU record in games with lower OU lines than 225 is 5-6, and they have gone 19-17 overall vs. the OU lines.

When hosting games, Brooklyn has a solid ATS record of 12-5, but they have failed to cover in eight straight games on the road. Coming into today's game, the Nets lost by a score of 124-115 to the Thunder, but did enough to cover as 5.5-point underdogs.

In their most recent game, the Nets put up 124 points against the Thunder, which is higher than their season average of 114.6 points per game. Overall, the Nets are 26th in the league with a 45% field goal percentage. When it comes to three-pointers, the Nets are 8th in makes and 13th in percentage.

Coming into the game, the Nets' defense has finished two straight games with an increased number of points allowed. Overall, they are 19th in the league at 116.1 points per game allowed. In their previous matchup vs. the Thunder, the Nets' defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 53% leading to 115 points.