After their initial Dec. 23 matchup was postponed due to COVID-19, the Brooklyn Nets are in Oregon to take on the Portland Trail Blazers. The 25-13 Nets are in second place in the Eastern Conference, and the 15-24 Trail Blazers are in 11th in the Western Conference.
On Sunday, Brooklyn defeated San Antonio, 121-119 in overtime to break a five-game losing streak at Barclays Center. Kevin Durant led the Nets with 28 points (11-of-21) and James Harden scored 26 (9-of-18).
The Nets are 11-10 in games played at home but are 14-3 in road contests. Kyrie Irving made his season debut for Brooklyn last Wednesday in Indiana, and Monday’s game against Portland will mark the second game that he’s played in for the Nets this year.
The Trail Blazers are also coming off a win. Portland beat Sacramento, 103-88, on Sunday behind Anfernee Simons 31 points (10-of-17). Jusuf Nurkic added 14 points and pulled down 16 rebounds.
Portland’s without two of its key players, Damian Lillard (abdomen) and CJ McCollum (chest), along with Larry Nance Jr. (knee) and Norman Powell (health and safety protocols).
Joe Harris (ankle) is still out for Brooklyn, although he’s nearing a return.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Portland Trail Blazers betting odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBET, the Nets are 9.5-point favorites over the Trail Blazers. Brooklyn sits at -500 on the moneyline, while Portland’s at +375. The over/under for the game is set at 229 points.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction
Due to Irving being able to play in Monday’s game, along with the fact that it’s on the road, Brooklyn should be able to pull out a win against a battered Portland team.
We’re taking the Nets -9.5 and over 229 points.
Brooklyn 128, Portland 108.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Portland Trail Blazers TV channel
The Nets-Blazers game won’t be broadcast nationally but will be available on the local YES Network in the Tri-State area with the tip-off slated for 10 p.m. ET.
Brooklyn Nets schedule and upcoming games
Brooklyn will play another game on the road before traveling back to Barclays Center.
Jan. 12 at. Chicago
Jan. 13 vs. Oklahoma City
Jan. 15 vs. New Orleans
Jan. 17 at Cleveland