The Brooklyn Nets are on a three-game losing streak, but Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers will be one of the team’s biggest outings of the year. Why? Kyrie Irving is expected to make his season debut.
Brooklyn’s 23-12 and in second place in the Eastern Conference, while Indiana’s 14-23 and in 13th, which provides a chance for the struggling team to get back on track.
The Nets haven’t won a game since they completed their Los Angeles sweep with a win over the Clippers on Dec. 27. Brooklyn finally has all of its players back that were in the health and safety protocols, and after having an unexpected break, it makes sense why the team hasn’t been on the same page.
However, there’s no excuse for the Nets’ recent lack of effort. Brooklyn’s a road team, and with Indiana being on a four-game losing streak, the Nets should view Wednesday’s matchup as a chance to rebound before traveling back to New York to take on Milwaukee.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers betting odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBET, Brooklyn’s the six-point favorites over Indiana. The Nets are -250 on the moneyline and the Pacers are +200. The over/under for the game is set at 217.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers prediction
Because Brooklyn was embarrassed by Memphis on Monday, along with the anticipation of Irving’s potential return, the Nets will get the confidence-boosting win that they need against Caris LeVert and the Pacers, who just lost to the Knicks on Tuesday night.
Even if Irving doesn’t play or isn’t entirely effective, Indiana still won’t have an answer for Kevin Durant or James Harden. After all, the Pacers haven’t won a game in nearly three weeks.
We’re taking Brooklyn -6 and over 217 points.
Nets 121, Pacers 105.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers TV channel
The Nets-Pacers game won’t be broadcast on national television, but it’ll be available on the local YES Network in the Tri-State area. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET.
Brooklyn Nets schedule and upcoming games
Brooklyn will head back to Barclays Center to play two games before going back on the road.
Jan. 7 vs. Milwaukee
Jan. 9 vs. San Antonio
Jan. 10 at Portland
Jan. 12 at Chicago