The Brooklyn Nets are playing stellar basketball and they could win it all.
According to Sports Betting Dime, the Nets are +160 favorites to win the NBA Championship.
Ending the regular season as a second seed, the Nets endured the pressures of a shortened NBA season, an in-season trade to acquire James Harden and add Blake Griffin through a purchase to their active roster, the Nets have made a good transition at each peak and valley. They are still high and currently hold a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Milwaukee Bucks. Game 3 is tonight (June 10).
“The Milwaukee Bucks have lacked continuity in two games,” Bally Sports Network NBA national writer Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson shares. “But that doesn’t mean they are out of it. They came out hot in the first round against the Bucks and it looks like Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton aren’t clicking yet. Hopefully that changes. ”
The Nets destroyed Milwaukee in Monday’s 125-86 victory in Game 2.
What made it worse? The Nets did it without one of their key players in their Big 3.
James Harden is still out with a hamstring injury after playing all 43 seconds in Game 1. In Harden’s absence, the Nets shot 50% from 3-point range (21 of 42) and were led. by Kevin’s usual stars. Durant, who played only three quarters, and Kyrie Irving. Durant finished with 32 points and Irving with 22 points.
The Nets took over from the jump and led 39-16 late in the first quarter. The game got so crazy that at one point the networks led by 49 points in what would become the most uneven playoff victory in their history. The last time Brooklyn built a 2-0 lead, it lost the game. 3 on the road in Ronda 1 to the Boston Celtics. Milwaukee has a silver lining with James Harden out for Game 3.
“Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant aren’t Brooklyn’s only workhorses”, says Scoop B. “Bruce Brown and Mike James are fighting back too.”
Assuming the Nets come out of Round 1, they will play the series winner Philadelphia 76ers / Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Joel Embiid and Trae Young have been enforcers for their respective teams.