Brooklyn Nets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 3/30/14
Minnesota Timberwolves (36-35) at Brooklyn Nets (38-33)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -3 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets will play for the second and final time this season. The Timberwolves beat the Nets in their first meeting back in November, 111-81.
The Timberwolves head into this matchup winners in four of their last seven games, as they have to play perfect basketball down the stretch to qualify for a playoff spot. On the season, the Timberwolves average 106.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allow 103.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Defense continues to be an issue for the Timberwolves, as 12 of their last 13 opponents have scored 100-plus points, and Minnesota is allowing teams to shoot 49.5 percent from the field in its last five games. Offensively, center Nikola Pekovic scored 26 points on 9-10 shooting against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday after missing six games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are 35-36 ATS overall and 19-17 ATS on the road.
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The Nets have won five of their last seven games and could soon clinch a playoff spot in the East. On the season, the Nets average 98.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allow 99.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Much like the Timberwolves, scoring isn’t much of an issue for the Nets, as they’ve topped 100 points in seven straight games. Paul Pierce is shooting 49 percent from the field in his last five contests. Defensively, the Nets are 1-4 SU in their last five games when allowing their opponent to clip the 100-point mark. The Brooklyn Nets are 38-33 ATS overall and 21-14 ATS at home.
The Timberwolves are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games. The Timberwolves are 15-4 ATS in the last 19 meetings vs. the Nets.
Although Brooklyn is a little banged up, it’s fair to say the Nets are the better team in this matchup and still have enough pieces to cover the small number against the Timberwolves.
Get this number while you can, as its likely going to rise getting closer to game time.