Get ready bettors, NBA odds are back for regular season games. In the much anticipated opener to the 2020-’21 campaign, a revamped Brooklyn Nets squad takes on an injury ravaged Golden State Warriors group.
Here’s how sportsbooks have set the opening lines.
NBA Odds: Warriors vs. Nets
Golden State Warriors +7.5 (-110)
Brooklyn Nets -7.5 (-110)
Over 232 Points (-120)
Under 232 Points (+100)
Why The Nets Will Cover The Spread
The expectations for the new-look Nets are sky high.
Even though Durant hasn’t played a single regular season game for Brooklyn, sportsbooks have set the Nets second atop the list of 2021 NBA championship contenders.
Judging by Durant’s preseason performance (25 points on 9-for-16 shooting in his last game), it seems like the former MVP is ready to get down to business with his new teammates.
The Nets have shown encouraging signs in the preseason. They handled the Washington Wizards with limited starter play, and they absolutely dismantled the Boston Celtics in their latest tune up.
The Irving-Durant connection already looks like it could be a nightmare for opponents, and the team depth after the two stars is impressive.
Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, and Landry Shamet, all either starter or borderline starter-quality players, look like they will come off the bench in Brooklyn.
But, the biggest argument for the Nets covering tonight is not anything they can supply, but how depleted their opponents are.
The Warriors are without their second and third-best players, with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green out.
This leaves an immense amount of pressure on Stephen Curry’s shoulders. It would be surprising to see a player like James Wiseman or Kelly Oubre fill the multiple holes left by the absence of Thompson and Green.
Barring an other-worldly showing from the Warriors star, the Nets could cruise to an easy win here.
Why The Warriors Will Cover Spread
Unfortunately, the Warriors offseason revolved around the loss of Klay Thompson, who will be out for the year with an Achilles injury.
However, the Warriors did add several intriguing pieces to the mix.
Golden State drafted James Wiseman with the second overall pick, traded for Kelly Oubre Jr. and got two solid bench pieces in Brad Wanamaker and Kent Bazemore.
The depth on this Warriors team is better than the depth of last year’s, which got blown out on a weekly basis.
Additionally, they have looked solid in the preseason and should’ve been 3-0 if not for a Kyle Guy buzzer beating three-pointer.
This team is full of scrappy, hard-working guys looking to remind the league that Thompson’s devastating injury didn’t end their season prematurely. They might not win this game, but they’ll battle their hearts out.
7.5 points is a lot to lay for a team like the Nets with so many new faces and schemes. Steve Nash is in for a battle in his first game as the Brooklyn new head coach.
How are you betting tonight’s opener? Let us know below, and good luck to all bettors!