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NBA - US Sports: Nets face key Charlotte test

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.

Nets tipped as challengers

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.

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Cavs also play

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.

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