NBA Odds: Garnett, Pierce Face Former Squad for Final Time This Season

It didn’t take long into the new year for the Brooklyn Nets to start gelling as the Eastern Conference force they were projected to be. Now the Nets will look to show that their improved NBA odds are no illusion. With home-court advantage up for grabs, the Nets have extra motivation to close out their season on a strong note. While they may lack the name recognition of the Miami Heat and the hard-earned respect of the Indiana Pacers, the Nets are an intriguing NBA betting option with 40/1 odds of winning the NBA championship. Before the Nets can start contemplating a first-round playoff matchup, however, they’ll have to show that they can get past the Boston Celtics. Earlier this month the young C’s not only covered a 5-point spread against former teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Piece, they beat them outright. If the Nets hope to truly contend in the league this year, losses like that can’t happen. While Brooklyn is above .500 and within reach of the top seeds in the East, the Celtics are all but eliminated from playoff contention.