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Timberwolves vs. Nets - 3/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Brooklyn Nets (26-38) at Minnesota Timberwolves (14-51)

NBA Basketball: Monday, March 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)

The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +1.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds

TV: YES, FSN

The Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Monday night at the Target Center.

The Brooklyn Nets look for a win after losing five of their last six games. On the season, the Nets are averaging 96.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting and are allowing 99.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds while Joe Johnson is averaging 14.9 points and 3.5 assists. Thaddeus Young is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Deron Williams is dishing 6.1 assists. The Brooklyn Nets remain just three games out of a playoff spot despite stinking it up as of late. The Nets are shooting just 42.5 percent from the field in their last five games and have lost six of their last 10 road games SU. The Nets have to win games like this if they’re truly going to see the postseason.

Timberwolves vs. Nets - 3/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Timberwolves look to snap a four-game losing streak. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 97.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting and are allowing 105.5 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Kevin Martin is averaging 19.6 points and two assists while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 15.8 points and 4.3 rebounds. Justin Hamilton is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Gary Neal is dishing 1.8 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing teams to shoot 39.7 percent from deep in their last five games and have allowed 100-plus points in nine of their last 12 games. The Timberwolves simply can’t wait for this season to finally come to an end. Kevin Garnett, Nikola Pekovic and Ricky Rubio are all questionable with injuries.

The Nets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The Timberwolves are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 8-23 ATS in their last 31 games playing on 0 days rest. The Nets are 1-9 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Minnesota and 5-16 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall.

The Nets need this game if they're going to get back in the playoff hunt. When you add the fact the Timberwolves are banged up, Brooklyn and the tiny chalk seems to be the play. 

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Brooklyn Nets -1.5

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