It’s an interconference matchup on the hardwood as a pair of division leaders take the floor in the Big Apple. The Golden State Warriors are on the road as they travel to face the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday night. Golden State comes in off a 106-102 road loss to the Hornets as a 5.5-point favorite Sunday night in their previous contest. Brooklyn trounced Oklahoma City 120-96 on the road as a nine-point favorite in their most recent game on Sunday night. In the all-time regular-season series between the teams, the Warriors own a 54-39 advantage but the Nets have won the last three meetings. That includes a 134-117 road win as a three-point favorite in the most recent meeting on February 13, 2021.
Golden State Warriors Try to Bounce Back From Rare DefeatGolden State suffered a rare defeat in the first month of the season as they were beaten by Charlotte on the road Sunday night. That was just the Warriors’ second loss in 13 games, though they entered Monday holding a 1.5-game lead on the Suns in the Pacific Division standings. Against Charlotte, Golden State was in a tight game the whole way as they trailed by three after the opening quarter and were even at the half. The Warriors led by one after three quarters and held a three-point lead with 6:10 to play in the contest before things went cold. Golden State was outscored 11-4 the rest of the way to end up with the loss. The Warriors shot 42.2% from the field, including nine of 39 from three-point range, negating their 49-39 edge on the glass in the game. Andrew Wiggins led Golden State with 28 points in the loss.
On the year, the Warriors are first in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 115.1 points per game. Golden State stands second in rebounding as they collect an average of 48.2 boards per contest while they are first in assists by handing out an average of 29.5 dimes per contest. The Warriors are third in the league in scoring defense by allowing 101.8 points per contest. Stephen Curry leads the team with 28.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game this season. Jordan Poole chips in 17.2 points a night, Andrew Wiggins adds 18 points along with 4.6 rebounds per game, Damion Lee kicks in 11.1 points a night while Draymond Green puts up 8.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists per night. Andre Iguodala, Nemanja Bjelica, Kevon Looney, Otto Porter Jr., Juan Toscano-Anderson and Gary Payton II are solid secondary scoring options. Golden State is 5th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.9% from the floor as a team on the year. The Warriors are first in the league in threes per game by knocking down 15.2 triples a night while they are 12th in three-point shooting by hitting 35.8% from beyond the arc as a team. Klay Thompson (Achilles) is expected to be out until mid-January while James Wiseman (knee) has no timetable for a return after offseason surgery at this point.
Brooklyn Nets Looking to Win Fourth StraightBrooklyn took care of business against an overmatched Oklahoma City team on the road as they cruised to a one-sided win to extend their win streak to three games. The Nets entered Monday with a two-game edge on the 76ers for the top spot in the Atlantic Division. Against Oklahoma City, Brooklyn led by five after the opening quarter only to find themselves tied at 39 with 7:34 to play in the first half. The Nets regrouped with a 14-2 run to take a 53-41 lead and didn’t let the Thunder closer than seven the rest of the way. Brooklyn shot an even 50% from the field, including 18 of 43 from three-point range, and held Oklahoma City to 40% shooting in the game. Kevin Durant led Brooklyn with 33 points while Patty Mills chipped in 29 points off the bench, hitting nine of 12 from beyond the arc, in the victory.
The Nets enter this game 15th in the league in scoring offense as they average 108.5 points per game on the year. Brooklyn is 23rd in the league in rebounding with 44.7 boards per contest and 5th in assists by dishing out 25.1 dimes a night. The Nets are 6th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 103.5 points per contest. Kevin Durant leads the team with 29.6 points plus 8.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. James Harden contributes 19.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 9.3 assists a night while Patty Mills kicks in 10.4 points per contest. LaMarcus Aldridge (12.8 points) and Joe Harris (11.3 points) each are solid scoring options as well. The Nets look to get production from Nic Claxton, Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap, Bruce Brown, Jevon Carter and James Johnson. Kyrie Irving remains out as he has chosen to remain unvaccinated, meaning he can’t play in Nets’ home games. Since the team has decided not to accommodate him as a part-time player, he’s out until he chooses to get vaccinated. Brooklyn is 4th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47% from the field as a team on the year. The Nets are 5th in the league in three-point field goals per game as they drain 13.9 triples per game while they stand 1st in three-point field goal percentage by hitting 39.3% from beyond the arc. Claxton (illness) is currently expected to be out until early December while Millsap (personal) is questionable here after missing Sunday’s game.
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Full-Game Side Bet
Both teams are playing well and lead their respective divisions entering this game. The Warriors were beaten in their last game but they lead the Western Conference while leading the league in scoring offense this season. Golden State has climbed back among the league’s elite quickly despite being without Thompson as Curry has led the way. The Warriors’ issue here might be in dealing with the Nets’ frontcourt, specifically Durant. Golden State is familiar with what he can do, seeing that he was part of championship teams with the Warrior, but defending him is a whole different ball of wax. Then there’s the conundrum of Harden, who can beat you on the dribble, on a pull-up or a catch and shoot. Brooklyn has terrific depth and playing at home may be the difference in this one as the Nets send Golden State to a second straight loss.
Full-Game Total Pick
Despite leading the league in scoring offense, the Warriors have seen nine of their 13 games end up short of the total this season. A lot of that can be attributed to sound defensive play as Golden State doesn’t have to win 125-120 every night as we’ve seen in the past. The Warriors are sixth in the league in tempo with 101.4 possessions a night on the year. Brooklyn has seen the under hit in nine of their 14 games on the year. The Nets are 10th in the league in tempo with 99.4 possessions per game. The Nets have seen three straight overs but seven of the last nine meetings between these teams have ended up under the mark. Look for this one to fall just short of the total as the teams play solid enough defense to keep the numbers in check.