I’ve wondered if anyone had the firepower to compete with the Nets this postseason, and even without James Harden Brooklyn showed it is in a class of its own.
WynnBET now has the Nets at -500 favorites to win the series, and they also have +400 odds to sweep the Bucks and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bucks and head coach Mike Budenholzer were left searching for answers after Game 2, but there is little that can be done when the Nets shoot as well as they have this postseason.
To put up those numbers as a team is absolutely crazy, but when you look at Brooklyn’s numbers this season, they actually don’t seem as wild.
The Nets, despite not having Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving at different points during the regular season, finished first in the NBA in field goal percentage (49.4 percent) and second in 3-point percentage (39.2 percent).
Obviously, the jump from 39.2 percent to 44 percent is massive, but with all of their stars in the lineup against the Boston Celtics, it’s not surprising that Brooklyn’s numbers improved. Even without Harden, the Nets shot 21-for-42 from beyond the arc in Game 2 with six different players hitting two or more 3-balls.
The Nets are shooting an insane clip, but they’ve been the best offensive team in the league all season long. The Nets had a 117.3 offensive rating during the regular season, and they’ve improved upon that this postseason.
The biggest difference has come at the defensive end, where their defensive rating is now 110.4 after sitting at 113.1 during the regular season.
Are the Nets going to shoot 44 percent from 3 for the entire postseason? Probably not. However, 40 percent isn’t out of the question. After watching these first two games against Milwaukee, that should be enough to get Brooklyn to the Eastern Conference Finals and it probably is enough for them to complete a title run this season.