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#2557 Brooklyn Nets vs.
#2558 Minnesota Timberwolves
Monday, April 12, 2021 at 8:05pm EDT
Target Center, Minneapolis
Written by Chris Kubala

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**This game has been postponed in wake of a police shooting in Minneapolis**

It’s an interconference matchup on the parquet floor in the Land of 10,000 Lakes between a pair of teams in different situations for the postseason. The Brooklyn Nets are on the road as they make the trip to face the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night. Brooklyn was whipped 126-101 at home by the Lakers Saturday night in their previous contest. Minnesota was outgunned 145-136 in overtime on the road by Boston in their previous game Friday night. They were in action at home against Chicago Sunday night. In the all-time regular season series, the Timberwolves own a 35-25 advantage but it was the Nets earning a 112-107 home win in the first meeting this season on March 29.

Brooklyn Nets Look to Bounce Back From Blowout Loss

Brooklyn had won two straight and six of seven before getting stomped on by the Lakers at home Saturday night. The Nets entered Sunday tied for first in the Atlantic Division with the 76ers. In the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the team was tied for the top spot, nine games ahead of the seventh-seeded Celtics to remain in the top six, which ensures a guaranteed playoff spot. Against the Lakers, the Nets trailed by eight after the opening quarter, cut the deficit to three at the half only to be outscored 65-43 in the second half to end up getting blown out. Brooklyn shot 43.8% from the floor, including five of 27 from three-point range, and allowed the Lakers to shoot 50.5% in the contest. Kevin Durant led the Nets with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the loss.

For the year, Brooklyn is second in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 118.7 points per game. The Nets are 13th in rebounding as they collect 44.1 boards a night while they are 4th by dishing out an average of 26.9 assists per contest. Brooklyn has been below average on the defensive end of the floor, ranking 25th in the league by allowing 115.4 points a night. Kevin Durant leads the team with 28.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists per contest this season. Kyrie Irving averages 27.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and six assists per game while James Harden puts up 25.2 points, eight rebounds and 10.9 assists a night. Joe Harris (14.1 points), Landry Shamet, Jeff Green (10.2 points), DeAndre Jordan, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Blake Griffin (11.1 points) and LaMarcus Aldridge (13.5 points) are among the secondary options that Steve Nash has in a deep rotation. Brooklyn is 1st in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 49.3% from the floor as a team on the year. The Nets are sixth in the league by draining 14.1 three-pointers a night while they stand 3rd in the league by sinking 39% of their attempts from beyond the arc. The Nets lost Spencer Dinwiddie to a partially torn ACL against Charlotte December 27 and he is potentially done for the year. Harden is expected to be re-evaluated later this week with a hamstring injury while Johnson is out indefinitely with knee soreness.

Minnesota Timberwolves Play Second Game of Back-to-Back

Minnesota was in action at home Sunday night so this marks the second game of a back-to-back and their third game in four nights here. The Timberwolves entered Sunday in the basement of the Northwest Division standings, 27 games behind the Jazz for the top spot. In the Western Conference playoff picture, the team is last, 12 games behind the 10th-place Warriors for the final spot in the play-in tournament. Minnesota is 3-9 in the second game of back-to-back situations on the season as they average 109.3 points per game while they allow 117.2 points a night in those games. The Timberwolves are 8-17 at home with a -7 ppg scoring differential (107 ppg for, 114 ppg against) on the year. Minnesota is 4-18 against Eastern Conference teams with a -8.5 ppg scoring margin (109 ppg for, 117.5 ppg against) in those games.

For the year, Minnesota is 22nd in the league in scoring offense with 110.3 points per game. The Timberwolves stand 22nd in rebounding by pulling down 42.9 boards a contest while they are 13th in assists by handing out 25 dimes a contest. Minnesota has struggled on the defensive end of the floor as they are 28th in scoring defense by allowing 117.7 points per game. Karl-Anthony Towns leads the team as he averages 24.9 points while grabbing 11.1 rebounds and handing out 4.5 assists a night. Malik Beasley puts up 19.6 points a night while D’Angelo Russell contributes 19.7 points and 5.1 assists per game. First overall pick Anthony Edwards (17.9 points), Jaylen Nowell (9.9 points) and Naz Reid (11 points, 4.4 rebounds) are reliable scoring options. Jarrett Culver, Josh Okogie, Ricky Rubio, Jake Layman, Juancho Hernangomez, Jarred Vanderbilt and Jordan McLaughlin are part of the rotation. The Timberwolves are 28th in the league in field goal percentage as they hit 44.2% from the floor as a team. Minnesota is 14th by splashing 12.6 three-pointers a night while the team is 26th in three-point shooting by hitting 34.7% from beyond the arc. Beasley (hamstring) is expected to miss four to six weeks with a Grade 3 hamstring strain he sustained April 2 while Nowell (leg) was questionable for Sunday’s contest.

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Minnesota is going to be tired after playing Sunday against Chicago. This is the second game of a back-to-back and their third in four nights. That doesn’t bode well when you’re a porous defensive team like the Timberwolves and it’s exacerbated when you have to face the league’s second-best scoring offense in the Nets. Brooklyn is angling to bounce back after getting dusted by the Lakers at home in their last game. The Nets have plenty of weapons to utilize, even with Harden sidelined at the moment. You have to think that Brooklyn has more than enough weaponry to take care of business here against a tired Minnesota squad.

Prediction: Brooklyn Nets -9.5

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Brooklyn is 13th in the league in pace with 99.5 possessions a night. The Nets are second in the league in scoring offense, first in field goal percentage, sixth in three-pointers a night and third in three-point shooting this season. We’ve seen how the Nets love to run and gun while they struggle to stop opposing teams from putting points on the board. The Timberwolves are fourth in the league in tempo with 101.4 possessions a night. They’re playing their fourth game in six nights here, which is ultimately going to take a toll on a team that already has major deficiencies on the defensive end of the floor. Brooklyn can light it up and Minnesota is capable of giving up massive numbers. This one goes over the total.

Prediction: Over 240.5
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