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New Jersey vs. Phoenix, 01/13/2012 21:00
Point Spread: +6½/-105 New Jersey
I like the New Jersey Nets in this spot against the overrated Phoenix Suns whose best years are behind them. Phoenix is just 4-6 this season, and they're coming off a bad 90-101 home loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers last night. This will be their 3rd game in four days, and I don't expect them to recover in time.
New Jersey comes in on some decent rest. They did not play yesterday, and this will only be their 3rd game in six days. The Nets have played much better of late, covering the spread in each of their last two games against the Hawks and Nuggets despite losing outright. They played the Miami Heat the game before, so this team is certainly battle-tested right now as they've played three straight contests against three of the best teams in the league.
The Nets want some payback from two straight overtime losses to the Suns in their last two meetings. Phoenix is certainly down this year, and this is a great opportunity for New Jersey to exact their revenge. The Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points. Phoenix is 6-18 ATS in their last 24 when playing 8 or more games in 14 days. Bet the Nets Friday.