Minnesota Timberwolves (@2.8) vs Brooklyn Nets (@1.46)

Our Prediction:

Brooklyn Nets will win

Minnesota Timberwolves – Brooklyn Nets Match Prediction | 25-08-2019 19:40

Brooklyn has been struggling mightily on defense, giving up 107.3 points per game. That currently ranks 21st in the league. The Nets are just 2-4 on the season, but an impressive 5-1 against the spread this year, including a 3-1 record ATS at home. The Nets are dealing with a lot of injuries as PG Jeremy Lin is out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury while backup Greivis Vasquez is also out with an ankle injury. Offensively, Brooklyn is putting up 103.3 points per game.

Dinwiddie and the Nets will have to find ways how to force Teague into taking three pointers as hes shooting just 14 percent in his five games. Hes been especially impressive in getting to the line as he shot a whopping 17 free throw attempts against the Clippers, converting 16 of them. Jeff Teague, who was sidelined the last time these two teams played, is back in the lineup and despite some inconsistencies, he can be dangerous for opposing teams. After being a slump for most of January, hes been responding in his past three games. Teague is averaging 20.6 points, 5.3 assists while shooting 45 percent.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Brooklyn Nets: Lineups, preview & prediction 1/3/18

The Timberwolves have the talent on paper, but havent been able to figure out the right formula yet. Giving them four points against a 1-5 team at home seems to be a poor decision. The injuries at the point guard position could be the issue for Brooklyn, but it still had 20 assists as a team for their last game with the Hornets. Brooklyn has been good enough to be competitive for most of the season.

Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 6th in the league. As a team they are 24th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shots, ranking 21st in the league. The Timberwolves are 15th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.4, and their defensive rating of 116.5 is ranked 30th. In terms of pace they are 14th in the league with 101 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 28th. Minnesota is 28th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on the defensive end.

The visitors havent swept Minnesota since the 2002-03 season. After beating the Timberwolves earlier this month, a thrilling 98-97 win on Jan. 3, the Nets have opportunity to get a rare season sweep against the home side. Brooklyn couldnt contain Giannis Antetokounmpo in its 116-91 defeat against Milwaukee on Friday and hope a quick turnaround will spark a better outcome.

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Karl-Anthony Towns averages 19.9 points per game while playing 33.3 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 10.8 rebounds per game and has 2.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 80%. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 92%. He also averages 3.7 rebounds per contest and 1.9 assists per game. Andrew Wiggins averages 17.0 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.2 minutes per contest.

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They are 23rd in the league in rebounding with 42.9 boards per game, and 22nd in assists per contest with 22.2. Minnesota is 15th in the league with 110.5 points per game this year. The Timberwolves are 27th in turnovers per game with 12.8. The Timberwolves surrender 117.7 points per contest, which ranks them 28th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 26th and 26th in those defensive statistics. The Timberwolves are 22nd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.9 per game. They rank 27th with 25.8 assists allowed per contest and 29th with 50.0 rebounds surrendered per game. They are 27th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -7.2. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 16th in the NBA.

2019-2020 Team Stats

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.