The Brooklyn Nets visit the San Antonio Spurs in a rebound spot for both teams. The Nets are coming off two straight losses with the last one coming to the Thunder at home. On the other side, the Spurs are coming off five losses in a row with the last one coming to the Kings. This should be an interesting matchup because both need to rebound. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Brooklyn Nets vs. San Antonio Spurs Betting Odds
The Brooklyn Nets are 6-point road favorites against the San Antonio Spurs and are at -225 on the money line. There is no over/under listed just yet. Brooklyn being favored here makes sense because they’ve been the better team all year, even after a tough start and a recent two game losing streak. This over/under should also be high because each team can score very well. This spread should stay where it’s at before tip-off tomorrow.
Brooklyn Nets vs. San Antonio Spurs Prediction
The pick: Brooklyn Nets -6
The Nets have been one of the best teams in the NBA this year, but their best player is currently out with an injury, Kevin Durant. He’s out right now with an MCL strain and is expected to be out for around a month. With Durant out, Irving has stepped up more and it’s been a mixed bag so far. Irving averages 26 points per game and is the leading scorer right now. Nic Claxton has had to step up more and he leads the Nets in rebounds and blocks. T.J. Warren and Seth Curry have also stepped up nicely in scoring off the bench.
As a team, The Nets have stepped up more on defense and are 5th in NBA in points allowed at 111. Then, on offense they are 2nd in the NBA in field goal percentage at 50.8% and they are top-10 in point differential too.
On the other side, it’s been a struggle in San Antonio. This has been one of the worst seasons for the Spurs in recent memory. Keldon Johnson has been very good and leads the Spurs in scoring too. With Devin Vassell out, Tre Jones has had to step up more after already leading the team in assists and steals per game. Jakob Poetl has also stepped up too after leading the Spurs in rebounding. Josh Richardson has also filled that next man up role too. As a team, the Spurs have struggled across the board, but have been slightly better on offense than defense.
The Spurs have struggled all year and while the Nets are missing their best player in Durant, they should still win this game and cover. Irving is starting still and the Spurs aren’t going to have anyone that can guard him most of the game.
Nets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games.
Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
Can Tre Jones matchup with Kyrie Irving? Can Joe Harris matchup with Keldon Johnson?
Kyrie Irving vs. Tre Jones
Kyrie Irving has been very good for the Nets this year. He averages 26 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds for the season. Irving’s matchup will be against Tre Jones most of the game who averages 14 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds for the season. Irving is the better player, and Jones has his hands full against Irving in this game. Irving can take over a game, so Jones could be in trouble here. The point guard spot is always important, so it’ll be interesting to see this matchup in this game.
Keldon Johnson vs. Joe Harris
Keldon Johnson has been the biggest bright spot for the Spurs this year. He averages 21 points, 3 assists, and 5 rebounds for the season. His matchup for some of the game without Durant there will be Joe Harris who averages 8 points, 2 assists, and 3 rebounds for the season. Johnson has a decent matchup against Harris. Johnson is the better player, but Harris can play decent defense when needed, so this will be a great matchup to watch here.
Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup
San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineups
Brooklyn Nets Injuries: PF Kevin Durant (Knee) O
San Antonio Spurs Injuries: SF Doug McDermott (Back) Q, SG Devin Vassell (Knee) O