The Brooklyn Nets host the Utah Jazz at the Barclays Center in our NBA free pick for Tuesday. If there was ever a time for the Nets to make a run out of the eighth place spot and up the standings, it is right now with Kyrie Irving back. It’s not going to be easy for them tonight seeing as the Jazz have won their last nine games. Before we get into our preview for tonight’s match, we would like to remind our readers that our NBA picks are now available for purchase. You can get today’s picks for only $5.
Brooklyn Nets vs Utah Jazz
Tuesday, January 14 – 19:30 EST – Barclays Center
The Nets have been unable to progress as a team and take that necessary next step forward. It seems as though they are permanently stuck in limbo. 3-7 in their last ten is an awful return for a team in a playoff spot. They finally got their superstar back in Kyrie Irving. However they managed to defeat the Heat on Friday before he returned to action on Sunday. They are now searching for their third straight win. They can move into seventh with a win tonight. Irving’s return immediately impacted the team in a positive way. He lead the way with 21 points. Brooklyn came out of the gate with a strong performance agains the Hawks in their latest win. They outscored them 37-16 in the first quarter. They are going to need a similar start if they want a chance at beating the organized Jazz.
The Jazz have gone 9-1 in their last ten and are now tied for second place in the Western Conference. Before this run of nine straight wins, they seemed to always be a step behind other Western Conference teams such as the Clippers, Mavericks and Rockets. Now they’ve catapulted their way past all of those aforementioned teams. If they win tonight and bring their streak to ten games they’ll pass the Denver Nuggets and claim the second place spot. One glaring issue stands out during their win streak. The Jazz only beat one top ten team in this stretch. Aside from their win against the Clippers, the Jazz defeated eight teams below .500. Their schedule continues to be favourable until they face the Pacers next Monday.
OUR PICK: UNDER 217.5 TOTAL POINTS
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