New and Improved Nets Try Luck Against Thunder

Although their 2013-14 campaign hasn’t gone exactly how they envisioned, the Brooklyn Nets have rediscovered their fire of late, emerging as a threat in the unpredictable Eastern Conference. This Thursday they’ll look to continue to climb the NBA futures with a strong showing against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s not every day that a thoroughly revamped NBA team struggling to gel is charged with the task of going head to head with the most formidable force in the Western Conference, but on this day that’s exactly what head coach Jason Kidd and the Nets have to do. If nothing else, the opportunity serves as a way of gauging just how capable this Brooklyn squad is. Between OKC’s 11/2 odds of winning the NBA championship and Durant’s daily campaign for the 2014 MVP award, the Thunder are genuine contenders by every stretch of the imagination, so it will be telling to see how the Nets can fare. Right now Brooklyn has 28/1 odds of winning the championship, but could improve those significantly if they continue to play as well as they have over their past 10 games.