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This Is Not a Drill: the Brooklyn Nets are a Fantastic Bet

Early-season NBA betting is renowned for being a tough endeavor, as it takes time for both sports bettors and oddsmakers alike to get accustomed to ever-changing rosters that are fluctuating now more than ever.

Listen, I understand the talent discrepancy between the top and bottom teams in the NBA. Some squads are worth the price of admission based on one player alone (hello, Russell Westbrook) while other clubs are downright unwatchable on any given night. But when it comes to covering the spread, don’t overlook the Brooklyn Nets.

Yes, those Brooklyn Nets. Despite possessing a starting lineup highlighted by Jeremy Lin, Brook Lopez and your cousin Todd, the Nets own only two wins through six games but have covered the spread five times. At the time of writing, Brooklyn was a 4.5-point underdog for Tuesday’s home matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves at Bovada.

Ahead of the 2016 campaign, Brooklyn possessed the lowest season win total (20.5) in the NBA. Fellow bottom-feeders Philadelphia (24.5) and the Los Angeles Lakers (24.5) were even in front of the Nets, which is really saying something when you take into account how poorly they've played in recent years.

It sounds odd to say due to their underwhelming record, but the Nets have actually overachieved thus far. Former San Antonio Spurs assistant executive Sean Marks took over the full-time GM gig in Brooklyn this summer, and he’s already made an impact. Newly named head coach Kenny Atkinson is a breath of fresh air from the Lionel Hollins-Tony Brown duo that roamed the sideline in 2015-16.

The Nets aren’t going to scare anyone on paper, but offseason additions Trevor Booker, Randy Foye, Greivis Vasquez and Luis Scola have provided the team with some badly needed depth. Brooklyn is bad, but they aren’t as pathetic as the squad that ex-general manager Billy King put on the floor last season.

Sportsbooks will continue to overlook Brooklyn in the coming months, meaning underdog bettors would be wise to keep riding the wave when those big spreads hit the board.