The Minnesota Timberwolves (31-13) travel to face off against the Brooklyn Nets (17-26) on Thursday, January 25th. This game will be played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and televised on YES. The Timberwolves are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Nets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Wizards. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Timberwolves vs Nets
The Timberwolves Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Timberwolves bested the Wizards with a score of 118-107. In addition to their straight-up win, the Timberwolves also covered the spread as -10-point favorites. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 225 points ended up below the over/under line of 229.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Nets, the Timberwolves are looking to stay above .500. Right now, their overall record is 31-13. In road games this season, the Timberwolves are 14-9, while they are 17-4 at home.
Minnesota arrives with an ATS record of 22-21 for the season up to this point. When playing on the road, the Timberwolves hold an ATS record of 11-11 in contrast to a 11-10 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Nets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their latest game against the Knicks, Mikal Bridges was the top scorer for the Nets’ offense, scoring 36 points and shooting 14/26 from the field. Cameron Johnson finished 2nd on the team with 19 points, but Brooklyn ended the game with a 108-103 loss.
As they face the Timberwolves, the Nets are 17-26 this season and are trying to get to .500. When playing on the road, the Nets are 7-15 while going 10-11 at home.
Brooklyn has an overall ATS record of 20-21 as they come into today’s game. This season, Brooklyn has a 9-6 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 11-15 as underdogs.
Timberwolves Offense Breakdown
In 44 games games, Minnesota has an average of 113.5 points per game (21st).
Minnesota’s offense has been one of the more efficient units in the league this season. They are shooting 48% from the field, which is 9th in the NBA. They are also 7th in true shooting percentage.
So far, the Timberwolves have been a below-average scoring team, averaging 113.5 points per game (21st). However, they have been better on the road, averaging 114.2 points compared to 112.7 at home.
When it comes to three-point shooting, Minnesota is 3rd in the league at 38%. They are making an average of 12.3 threes per game (18th). Overall, they are 14th in two-point shooting at 54%.
Nets Offense Breakdown
Through 43 games games, Brooklyn is averaging 113.9 points per game (20th).
When playing at home, the Nets are averaging 115.2 points per game, which is 18th in the NBA. Overall, they are 20th in scoring at 113.9 points per game.
Brooklyn has been an above-average three-point shooting team, making 13.7 threes per game (7th). However, their overall field goal percentage is just 28th in the league.
So far, the Nets have outscored the NBA scoring average in 44.2% of their games. They are also 5th in offensive rebounds and 16th in assists.
Timberwolves Team Defense
This season, the Timberwolves defense has been impressive, holding the 1st position in the league while permitting an average of 107.8 points per contest. On two point field goal attempts, the Timberwolves’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 50.5% and allowing 35.5% from beyond the arc.
Nets Team Defense
At this time, the Nets’ defense is positioned 16th in the NBA, permitting 115.6 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Nets defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 52.7% while allowing 38.0% from downtown.
Key Players For The Timberwolves And Nets
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Anthony Edwards is set to be the main scorer for the Timberwolves, recording 24 points and shooting 9/19 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 25.8 points per game, in addition to 5.3 rebounds.
On the other side, Mikal Bridges is our projected leading scorer for the Nets. We have him ending the game with a team-high 23 and grabbing 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 45.5%, and he is contributing 21.7 points per game on average.
Timberwolves vs Nets Trends
- In their last three road games, Minnesota has averaged 120 points per game while allowing 117. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.
- Through their last five home games, Brooklyn has an ATS record of just 1-4. However, their overall record was 1-4 while averaging 110 points per game.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Nets have a straight up record of 2-8. But, their mark vs the spread was just 2-7-1.
- In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Timberwolves have a straight up record of 7-3 and an ATS mark of 6-4.
We’re backing the Timberwolves for a victory, with the projected score at 115-109. Additionally, we favor them to cover the spread, so we recommend placing a bet on the Timberwolves at -4.5.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 217 and given that our model is projecting 224 points between the teams, we like the over.
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