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#513 Brooklyn Nets -3.5 vs.
#514 Charlotte Hornets 217.5
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
Spectrum Center, Charlotte
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: December 6, 2019, Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC, 7:00 PM ET

An Eastern Conference showdown between the Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets takes center stage in Friday’s NBA action. The Hornets desperately needed the Golden State Warriors as a stepping stone to get back into the win column after dropping consecutive losses to the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. Meanwhile, the Nets bounced back from their loss at home to the Miami Heat with a road victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Can Temple remain a threat for the Nets?

It’s becoming increasingly obvious of why Kyrie Irving wanted Garrett Temple to join the Nets so badly. The 33-year-old guard is beginning to make his presence felt on the floor at a time when the Nets are hurting for offensive help. He dropped 22 points on the Boston Celtics over a week ago, and on Wednesday in Atlanta, he heaped a season-high 27 points on the scoreboard.

Is this a temporary offensive explosion from a veteran player, or can Temple realistically act as a primary scorer?

The Nets are hoping it’s the latter ahead of their road game against a Hornets team with the second-worst defense in the league. Opposing teams are lighting them up for an average 48.8 field goal shooting percentage. That should create plenty of opportunities for Temple to help make up for the missing 28.5 points per game Irving was averaging on the floor. The star guard didn’t travel with the team for this road trip due to an ailing shoulder.

Brooklyn hasn’t been great on defense, but they have been formidable with the 17th-ranked defense in the league. They should find moments to shine against a Hornets offense with a 44.7 shooting percentage, along with averaging 16.3 turnovers at home.

Graham giving the Hornets hope for the future

The future is beginning to look brighter for the Hornets in their first season without Kemba Walker. Devonte’ Graham may not be the next Walker, but he’s showing signs of becoming something special. That something could be a key component in the ensuing rebuild in Charlotte.

The 24-year-old guard tied Walker’s franchise record with 10 shots from 3-point range on a night when he scored a team-high 33 points in a 106-91 win over the Warriors.

He’ll try to continue to flash the future in Friday night’s home game against the Nets. The Hornets have been atrocious on the boards so far this season. It isn’t helping matters that center Bismack Biyombo’s rebound numbers have continued to dip. They’ll be facing a Nets team averaging 57.6 rebounds per game.

If second-chance shot opportunities weren’t enough of a concern for the Hornets, they’ll have plenty to worry about with their moribund defense facing a Nets team with growing confidence after wins over the Celtics and Hawks in two of their last three games. If the defensive efforts fail, this game could be more about Graham and Terry Rozier leading an attempt to win an offensive shootout.

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Kemba Walker is the one link between these two teams. He started his career playing with the Hornets before he was traded to the Boston Celtics. That move was made when it was clear Kyrie Irving would be signing with another team that eventually ended up being the Brooklyn Nets.

Irving won’t be on the floor on Friday, but his influence over the Nets organization picking up a player like Temple will be significant in this game. The Hornets have been dreadful on defense, and I’m expecting the veteran guard to continue his magnificent run in Irving’s absence. More importantly, the Nets will dominate on the boards with Jarrett Allen, DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince surveying the paint area.

Brooklyn is a middle-of-the-road offensive team clearly capable of taking advantage of a Hornets defense incapable of shutting anyone down not named the Golden State Warriors or Detroit Pistons. I’m taking the Nets and laying the points on Friday.

Prediction: Brooklyn Nets (-2.5)

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The Nets and the Hornets both rank in the bottom half of the league in scoring defense. It isn’t surprising considering the lack of efficiency on the defensive end of the floor for both teams. Charlotte is allowing the second-highest field goal shooting percentage in the league, while Brooklyn is allowing 116.1 points per game on the road.

The continued emergence of Temple gives the Nets another offensive weapon to boost their scoring with Irving currently sidelined with an injury. On the other side, Graham is filling the scoring role that was initially believed to be an unfillable when Walker left to join the Celtics. I’m taking the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over (217.5)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.