Brooklyn Nets Vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Predictions, Starting Lineups (2/24/24)

After dropping a rare home game to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Minnesota Timberwolves hope to get back into the win column on the second night of a home back-to-back against a struggling Brooklyn Nets squad. Find out which team we expect to cover the spread below in our Brooklyn Nets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves preview, featuring our prediction and betting picks!

Brooklyn Nets Vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction

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The Brooklyn Nets have been drowning in their past few games. In fact, Brooklyn owns the worst net rating (-17.6) in the league in its past six games, even worse than Portland and Washington. Conversely, the Minnesota Timberwolves have the third-highest net rating in that span, despite dropping their most recent game last night against Milwaukee.

Minnesota has been exceptional at the Target Center, particularly on the defensive end of the floor, where it allows by far the fewest points per game (103.0) and effective field goal percentage (48.7%) to opponents.

Additionally, the Timberwolves are a fantastic rebounding team, ranking sixth in total rebounding rate this season. While Brooklyn has had occasional success on the O-Glass at times this year, it ranks 29th in offensive rebounding percentage in its past three games.

With the Timberwolves’ elite defense at home and Brooklyn’s recent failures in pulling down any of its misses on the offensive end, this game certainly favors Minnesota. There is blowout potential here, especially in a bounce-back spot for Minnesota, who will not want to drop a second consecutive home game to a below .500 team.

Brooklyn Nets Vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves -8.5 (-110)

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Brooklyn Nets Vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Best Odds

 

 

The Minnesota Timberwolves enter this matchup against Brooklyn as 8.5-point home favorites. The Nets have Moenyline odds of +275 to hand the Wolves their second consecutive home loss, while Minnesota is a -345 favorite to get back in the win column. The Timberwolves are 13-10-2 against the spread at home this season, while the Nets are 9-15 ATS on the road in their 2023-24 campaign.

The point total for this bout rests at 219 points, with the Under (-112) holding a slight advantage over the Over (-108.) Minnesota boasts a 27-28-1 Over record this year, while Brooklyn has a 25-29-1 Over record.

Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup

PG: Ben Simmons
SG: Cam Thomas
SF: Mikal Bridges
PF: Dorian Finney-Smith
C: Nic Claxton

Minnesota Timberwolves Starting Lineup

PG: Mike Conley Jr.
SG: Anthony Edwards
SF: Jaden McDaniels
PF: Karl Anthony-Towns
C: Rudy Gobert

Brooklyn Nets Vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries

The Minnesota Timberwolves have only had one player who has been out for the entire season: Jaylen Clark. Clark is still recovering from an Achilles injury he suffered toward the end of his senior season at UCLA, and a timeline for his return is still unavailable. For this game, Rudy Gobert has been assigned a questionable designation due to a minor ankle injury, so keep an eye on the injury report leading up to the game, as his presence is important in neutralizing Nic Claxton.

On the other side, the Brooklyn Nets only have Dariq Whitehead listed as out due to a season-ending shin injury. Ben Simmons is back and healthy and there are no other notable injuries for this Nets squad right now.

 

 

Drew is one of the NBA Lead Writers at Lineups.com, specializing in betting content such as game predictions and player props. With a deep knowledge of players and prospects, Drew has an extensive edge in covering everything NBA.

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