Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Brooklyn Nets Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/22/13
Brooklyn Nets (3-8) at Minnesota Timberwolves (7-6)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -9.5 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets hope get a win in the win column on Friday when the Nets head to Minnesota to face off against the Timberwolves.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are sitting at 7-6 this season, while proving to be excellent at home, going 5-2 against the spread on the year. The Timberwolves have one of the top offensive units in the league, scoring 107 points per game on average on the year. Minnesota is accomplishing this due to great rebounding, and moving the ball around the court, keeping everyone involved. The Timberwolves are led offensively by Kevin Love, who is scoring an average of 25.4 points per game this season, while also leading the team with an average of 13.3 rebounds per game.
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The Brooklyn Nets are really struggling this season as the Nets are just 3-8 on the year, and the Nets have just one win on the road this year, going 1-6 away from home. Brooklyn’s defense is in the bottom half of the league currently, allowing 101.7 points per game this season, and the offensive production isn’t helping much as the Nets are scoring just 96.5 points per outing. The Nets big man Brook Lopez is leading the team in scoring currently, averaging a decent, but not great 20.5 points per game. Lopez also leads the team in blocks per game at 2.8.
The Brooklyn Nets are just 4-7 against the spread on the year, and when playing on the road, the Nets are just 2-5 against the number. Brooklyn is also just 2-2 against the spread when the Nets are playing against a team with a winning record on the year.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 8-5 against the spread this season, and when playing at home, the Timberwolves are in the black, going 4-3 against the spread. When the T-Wolves are up against an opponent with a losing record, Minnesota is 4-2 against the spread on the year.
I am going with the under in this spot. I just don't see the Nets competing with the Timberwolves here, and while Minnesota should win easily, I just can't see giving up nearly double digit points in this spot, making the under the safest play.