The Brooklyn Nets will close out their four-game road trip at the Minnesota Timberwolves at 8 p.m. EST in Minneapolis. The Nets head into the game having won three of their last four games, as well as their last two games against the Washington Wizards and the San Antonio Spurs. The Nets are the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 29-16 record.
The Timberwolves are the ninth seed in the Western Conference with a 22-23 record through 45 games. The Timberwolves dropped their last game on Friday to the Hawks, 134-122, but they won two games in a row against the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks prior to that loss.
How The Brooklyn Nets Can Win:
Another day, another gameday 👏 pic.twitter.com/B3HzAGYHMp
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 23, 2022
Brooklyn has been playing well over the last week with star forward Kevin Durant, who was sidelined for four to six weeks with a sprained MCL. Since point guard Kyrie Irving is only allowed to play in road games, he will need to be a factor on the scoring end for the Nets, tonight. In his last three games, Irving has averaged 27 points and 6.6 assists. He will need to run the offense tonight if they hope to fend off a tough Minnesota team. Expect contributions from center LaMarcus Aldridge, who carried the Nets to a win on Wednesday against the Wizards. Aldridge has scored 27 points and 16 points in his last two outings, respectively.
How The Minnesota Timberwolves Can Win:
Wolves basketball is BACK 🐺
Wolves vs. Nets
7:00pm CT, @TargetCenterMN
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) January 23, 2022
The matchup to watch will be Timberwolves point guard Patrick Beverly on defense against Irving, James Harden, and Patty Mills. Defensively, they will need Beverely to keep those three guards from Brooklyn in check throughout the game. Karl-Anthony Towns will be an important part down low, as he averages 24.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. The Nets will be required to zone in on Towns’ interior offense which will open up scoring opportunities for Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell. The former Net, Russell, will hope to get a measure of revenge against his former squad with a win at home.
The Spread Via FanDuel:
Brooklyn Nets +2.5 (-108), (+122) Money Line
Minnesota Timberwolves -2.5 (-112), (-144) Money Line
O/U: 236 Total Points
Final Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves 103, Brooklyn Nets 102