Minnesota Timberwolves (7-11) at Brooklyn Nets (8-11)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets PK -- Over/Under: 224 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets meet Friday in NBA action at the Barclays Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 1109.1 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 113.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20 points and 11.9 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 19 points and 4.7 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.7 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost all eight road games this season.
The Brooklyn Nets also need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 109.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 17.4 points and 5.4 assists while Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 14.9 points and 2.6 rebounds. Joe Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Jarrett Allen is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have lost four of their last six home games.
The Timberwolves are 9-24 ATS in their last 33 road games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Friday games. The Nets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Timberwolves are 21-8 ATS in the last 29 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Nets last 6 home games. The under is 4-0 in Timberwolves last 4 overall.
If the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be a playoff team in the West, they should have no trouble winning games like this one. While they haven't won a road game yet this season, the Brooklyn Nets aren't worldbeaters and are still playing without their best player. The Timberwolves are also allowing just 42.7 percent shooting in their last five games, so the defensive effort seems to have improved without Jimmy Butler. In a pick em game, I'm siding with the Timberwolves, the overall better team.