Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets
Tip-off: Monday, January 28, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Nets have impressed YouWager experts showing great basketball skills under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. However, the Nets have dropped two in a row after having problems defending the paint. Tonight Brooklyn will meet an Orlando Magic that’s lost five straight heading into a five-game road trip.
Brooklyn (26-18) won 12 of their first 14 after firing former coach Avery Johnson, but are now coming off their first back-to-back losses under Carlesimo. Coach Carlesimo was perfectly blunt in his assessment of the Nets’ defeats versus the Memphis Grizzlies and the Houston Rockets on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
The Nets were outscored 60-24 in the paint in a 119-106 defeat to Houston, one night after Memphis had a 62-40 edge in that area en route to a 101-77 rout. Brooklyn allowed 20 points to the Grizz’s Marc Gasol on 10-of-15 shooting, and 20 more to Houston’s Omer Asik, who was 9 of 12 from the field.
Oddsmakers consider that it’s likely that a four-game homestand will help after four games away from home in six days, however coach Carlesimo wasn’t convinced.
Brooklyn’s defense hasn’t been solid for most of the basketball season. Their 46.3 percent field-goal defense ranks 28th in the NBA.
Saturday’s game started in promising fashion, with Deron Williams scoring 20 points in the first quarter alone. The 28 year-old only scored seven the rest of the game and was ejected late in the fourth quarter for arguing with an official.
Houston’s point total was the highest allowed by the Nets this season.
The Magic misfired on three shots on its final possession of the game, squandering chance to force overtime.
Glen Davis’ return from a sprained shoulder Jan. 14 appeared like it could help stop Orlando’s slide after the team went 1-10 without him. However, they’re just 1-6 since Davis (15.5 points per game) returned.