As some teams went into the NBA bubble, they were very certain of their playoff fate. With others, not so much. As CentSports players focus in on making their Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers Spread Pick & Prediction, they are faced with a matchup between a team representing each of those positions.
The game takes place on Sunday night at 9 PM ET at The Arena, located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando. It will be seen on NBA TV.
The Clippers don’t have a chance to win the #1 seed in the Western Conference. That spot belongs to the L.A. Lakers. They find themselves somewhat neck-and-neck with the Denver Nuggets for #2, although the difference in the level of the first-round playoff opponent may not be all that much.
The big concern for coach Doc Rivers, while trying to maintain some kind of rhythm and momentum heading into the post-season, is to stay healthy. That was the rationale behind time management for both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who need to stay healthy. On top of that, Lou Williams was just coming back into the bubble and Montrezl Harrell was mourning the death of his grandmother.
For those making spread picks, the hope isn’t necessarily that the Clippers are at full strength now, but that they will be there when it is time to throw the jump ball for the playoffs, because they have an excellent chance against the Lakers if they should meet in a Western Conference final.
That is definitely something for CentSports patrons to be aware of as they make their Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers Spread Pick & Prediction.
With many of their front line players gone for one reason or another, the Nets knew that they were, for all intents and purposes, aiming toward next season, when they would have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving healthy. They would like to find more people emerge who can be productive members of the supporting cast.
They also knew that they might need some luck in order to get to the playoffs. They actually got that, because the ninth-place Washington Wizards are depleted as well, operating without John Wall and Bradley Beal. And they helped their cause in the second restart game, beating the Wizards behind 34 points from Caris LeVert and 27 from Joe Harris. Those are two of the guys they are counting on for next season, when Brooklyn could contend.
The Nets have pulled far enough away from Washington that they have more or less immunized themselves against having to engage in the two-game play-in for the eighth playoff spot in the East. The battle would be for seventh place with Orlando at this point.
The Nets just announced that Kenny Atkinson is OUT as coach … pic.twitter.com/VzIj2NVsuf— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 7, 2020
Nets management fired coach Kenny Atkinson before the COVID-19 hiatus, and they have been mannerly enough not to hire someone else while Jacque Vaughn is handling interim duties. But reportedly, Durant and Irving have been driving the coaching search. Predictions on the new head coach vary, but Mark Jackson, Jason Kidd and Tyronn Lue have been mentioned.
Vaughn knows he has limited weaponry, so he wants to get the ball in the hands of the talented LeVert as much as possible. So, with the understanding that his big scorer is being doubled, Vaughn wants to design plays to get him in space.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers Spread Pick & Prediction
So looking at the Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers Spread Pick & Prediction, the players at CentSports need to consider that as they are getting a big number, the Nets are going into this with a lot more in the way of motivation.