After the biggest blockbuster trade of the season, James Harden made his Nets debut on Saturday.
We have the chance to see Kyrie return to action Monday, January 18, when the Milwaukee Bucks go on the road to challenge the Brooklyn Nets.
Harden and Kevin Durant had no problem acclimating to each other on the floor, and going against Milwaukee means two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference will duke it out.
With all the recent buzz about the Nets, it is easy to forget the Bucks are quietly surging to the top of the standings.
Bringing Jrue Holiday over before the season started has been a resounding success.
Two of the titans of the NBA going head-to-head will make this a fun game to watch. Let’s break it down and help you determine your best bets.
Milwaukee Bucks Betting Preview: Constant Success
There has been so much movement in the last week in the NBA that it is easy to forget how good the Bucks have been this whole season.
With the reigning MVP, Khris Middleton stepping up his game and Jrue Holiday added to the mix, the Bucks have all the tools to make for a successful title run.
Their role players look great too, getting significant contributions from Donte DiVincenzo and players like Bobby Portis.
With all the depth they have on their roster, they are going to be hard to match up with for any team.
Brooklyn Nets Betting Preview: A New Era in Brooklyn
It is all about James Harden for the Nets and he was sensational in his debut for his new team.
It was the first time an NBA player triple-doubled in their debut with a new team, and Durant had no problem working with Harden scoring over 40 points by himself.
How Kyrie Irving will fit into the mix is going to be the biggest question looming for the rest of the season, but having three top-25 players in the league can make you a contender no matter what.
Surprisingly, Milwaukee has the bodies to matchup with them with Holiday, Middleton and Antetokounmpo.
This might not be the perfect game for the Nets to first bring their big three together, but maybe we might be overthinking this one.
Nets @ Bucks Betting Odds and Lines
Even if this game is in Brooklyn, our friends over MyBookie have the Milwauke Bucks favored in this game at -2.5.
The Bucks have been on fire for the first 15 games or so. With the Nets trying to plug in all of their pieces, there is a good chance that Milwaukee will be able to light up the scoreboard.
It is going to be dependent on the Bucks three-point shooting, because if they come out cold the Nets could easily rise and put their foot on the gas.
Free Betting Pick
For this game (with or without Kyrie), I think the Nets are going to be the team to beat and come out to make a statement.
Take Brooklyn in this game and believe in this new big three.
Spooky Express Free Betting Pick: Brooklyn Nets @ +2.5