Brooklyn Nets face a tough trip to key Eastern Conference rivals Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday in one of six games in the NBA.
The Nets are 5/8 to win in the Money Line and Charlotte can be backed at 7/5.
Brooklyn were expected to mount a serious challenge for the championship this season but they find themselves clinging on to a top 10 spot in the East with just 17 regular season games remaining.
The Nets have lost their last four games and have 17 defeats in their last 20, and a place in the top six now looks unlikely as they sit ninth in the conference and are five-and-a-half games behind Cleveland Cavaliers in the final automatic playoff spot.
Brooklyn will almost certainly have to come through the play-in tournament if they are to reach the postseason and they are only two games clear of Washington Wizards - who have played two games less - in 11th ahead of their trip to the Hornets.
Charlotte have an identical 32-33 overall record but they are the form team going into this crucial meeting in the East as they have won their last two games.
The Cavs are also in action as they travel to Indiana Pacers and Cleveland have a few injury concerns that are threatening to derail their impressive season.
Former Pacers forward Caris LeVert will miss a seventh straight game with a foot issue and All-Star center Jarrett Allen has been added to the Cleveland injury list with a fractured finger, and as yet there is no potential return date for Allen.
Golden State Warriors will bid to end a five-game losing run when they entertain Los Angeles Clippers, while Memphis Grizzlies entertain a New Orleans Pelicans outfit who have hit form at the right time and have forced their way into the play-in spots in the West.
Phoenix Suns make the trip to Orlando Magic and defending champions Milwaukee Bucks head to Oklahoma City Thunder.