Minnesota Timberwolves vs Brooklyn Nets
October 14, 2021 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -8.5 / Minnesota Timberwolves +8.5
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets meet Thursday in NBA preseason action at the Barclays Center. The Minnesota Timberwolves look to end the preseason with a 4-0 record. The Brooklyn Nets look to end the preseason with a 3-1 record.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have won six of their last 10 preseason games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 119.7 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 41.5 percent shooting. D’Angelo Russell is averaging 15.7 points and 6.7 assists, while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 14.7 points and 3.3 assists. Anthony Edwards is the third double-digit scorer and Naz Reid is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game.
The Brooklyn Nets have won seven of their last nine preseason games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 115.3 points on 49.8 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 45 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 20.5 points and two assists, while James Harden is averaging 14.5 points and four rebounds. Cam Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Jevon Carter is grabbing two rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 40.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.
Last preseason game for both teams, we should expect some starters to get decent playing time. The Nets are obviously the much better team at full strength. However, the Timberwolves continue to get disrespected with these lines, and they’ve played well at both ends of the floor. We’ve made money on the Timberwolves this preseason. This line is a bit too steep for my liking in meaningless games. Give me the Timberwolves.