Brooklyn Nets vs Golden State Warriors 1/29/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Brooklyn Nets vs. Golden State Warriors Matchup Preview (1/29/22)
Brooklyn will try to break free from its ugly three-game losing streak (two of which were at home) when it travels to the Chase Center in San Francisco to face the second-best team in the Western Conference. Golden State will still be without Draymond Green due to back and calf injuries, both of which he is currently rehabbing. The Warriors may be without him for a few weeks longer than initially planned as it is hard to imagine them rushing Draymond Green back before the All-Star break. Luckily, they have Klay Thompson back and playing some terrific ball. He is almost back to his usual minutes, and he has shot the lights out of it in his past two games.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn will prepare to play yet another game without superstar Kevin Durant due to an MCL sprain he suffered a few weeks ago. Again, the Nets will certainly hold off on bringing Durant back until after the All-Star break, so don’t expect a return for this game or any games in the immediate future. They should still have enough firepower to keep up with most teams on the road, including Golden State. This game will likely feature Kyrie Irving and James Harden for the Nets, so expect a close game and terrific offensive highlights!
Brooklyn Nets vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds
I am all over the Warriors here. The Nets have been playing terrible defense after such an efficient and effective start to the season. Since Christmas, Brooklyn has ranked 25th in defensive rating, barely ahead of the clearly-tanking Indiana Pacers. This would be much less of a problem if Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving were all playing; however, Durant is still injured with an MCL sprain and out for the foreseeable future. Golden State salivates when it plays defenses like this and should take full advantage. Don’t let the name value of Irving and Harden scare you off a proven team like Golden State. I will be taking the Warriors against the spread.
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Time: 8:30 PM ET
Arena: Chase Center – San Francisco, CA
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Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup
Brooklyn Nets Analysis
Kyrie Irving should be good to go for this game against Golden State; however, James Harden is now listed as day-to-day due to that lingering hamstring injury that has troubled him for the past year. Essentially, if it is not one thing for the Nets, it is another. Head coach Steve Nash is hopeful that Harden will play, but that does not 100% guarantee it. Regardless, the Nets are not in a position to contend with the Warriors on the road with this current roster. Outside of Harden and Irving, they will have to rely on Patty Mills, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kessler Edwards, Nic Claxton, and Bruce Brown for offensive production. It is challenging to feel good about that in any way. Sure, Irving and Harden are elite scorers and some of the best shooters to play their respective positions, but this Golden State team does a great job forcing non-superstars to beat them.
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors Analysis
The Warriors seem to have regained momentum after their slump in early January, when they went 1-4 in a five-game stretch, including losses to the Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, and Memphis Grizzlies. Truthfully, this slump was partly due to missing Draymond Green’s leadership, facilitating, and defensive abilities; however, another part could be that the Grizzlies and Mavs were riding hot streaks at the time, and the Bucks are certainly no joke either. Ultimately, the more you look at it, the more justifiable it becomes. Now, Golden State is a winner of four straight after taking one of the worst home losses this season to the Indiana Pacers. It seems that game really woke the Warriors up, and perhaps it’s for the best that happened. Curry got back on track in their game on Thursday versus the Minnesota Timberwolves, posting 29 points on 6-for-10 from deep. That should help him regain confidence and allow the Dubs to continue rolling, including this game against the Nets without Kevin Durant.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Golden State Warriors Daily Fantasy Picks
It is pretty unbelievable how a player can virtually sit out half a season, then come back and not miss a beat. This is precisely what has happened with Kyrie Irving since he has rejoined the Brooklyn Nets on road games. Kyrie has averaged 27.8 points, 6.3 assists, and 4.8 rebounds in his past four games on a near 53/40/100 shooting split. The catch-22 for the Nets is that Irving is only available for away games due to New York’s vaccine mandate laws. Luckily, this is an away game. Unfortunately, it is an away game at Golden State. Regardless, if you cannot afford James Harden, who will probably find himself with another triple-double by the end of the game if he plays, then Kyrie Irving is an outstanding choice for your DFS lineup.
Klay Thompson is starting to find a rhythm on the offensive end, and it is terrific timing for a Warriors team that needed a boost. Without Draymond, this team had been struggling for a five-game stretch. Luckily, Thompson’s minutes are also ramping up, as he has played 26 and 27 minutes in his past two games. In those two games, Klay has registered 15 and 23 points while shooting over 50% from the floor and 8-for-14 from deep. Now that Thompson has had time to re-calibrate and get back into game shape, he should be a valuable DFS player. You never know when we could be treated to a massive game.