Nets, Pelicans, all eyes for the new season

The Nets and the Pelicans are now ready to kick-off their 2022-23 NBA season, hoping for a victory for their team.

The Brooklyn Nets and the New Orleans Pelicans are now ready to kick off their 2022-23 season. These two teams meet on October 20, 2022 at 7:35 AM (GMT+8) with the Nets hosting the Pelicans. Last season, these two squads reached the playoffs through the play-in, which they no longer want to happen. Both wants to start their season in a stronger way to have a better placing by the end of the regular season. More wins for them means more chances to have a better placing in the playoffs.

As these two teams begins their regular season, they still have a lot to grow this season. With both team’s injured players returning, they added a firepower for their squad. However, since their injured players have yet to find their groove back despite the preseason games. The Nets and the Pelicans are two teams with so much potential on their squad. However, due to internal issues and injuries, they are having a hard time maximizing it. As a new NBA season starts, both are hoping not to encounter the same problems anymore. Ben Simmons return for the Nets and Williamson for the Pelicans.

Brooklyn Nets

NBA: Brooklyn Nets
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This squad is full of potentials but are also loaded with internal issues last season. Having Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Ben Simmons on their line-up, what could possibly go wrong? During the off-season, they almost lost Kevin Durant, fortunately, he chose to stay for the Nets. A healthy Ben Simmons, together with Irving and Durant are expected to be the starters for the Nets in this match. However, unfortunately for this squad, Joe Harris and Seth Curry are both going to miss this opener. Curry and Harris are both recovering from minor setbacks due to their offseason surgeries. The good news for them is that their squad looks strong during the preseason. A healthy and less dramatic Nets can be a title contender this season.

New Orleans Pelicans

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans
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Zion Williamson comes back for the Pelicans this season after almost missing the entire 2021-22 season due to an injury. During the preseason, this squad looks strong, but defense will be their number one concern. If they showed a defense like what they did last season, they might have a hard time defending the Nets. They might struggle in trying to slow down the Nets in this match if they will not improve defensively. The return of Williamson for the Pelicans is a huge boost for them as they finally have an explosive player just like what their opponent has.

Prediction:

Brooklyn Nets
Total Under: 116.5
Odds: 0.94

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