Nets vs Thunder Pick: Friday, January 29th
Nets vs Thunder Pick: Friday, January 29th: The Nets have won three straight, but haven’t looked very good while doing so. Brooklyn are coming off a 132-128 win at Atlanta on Wednesday. Kevin Durant went for 32, James Harden for 31, and Kyrie Irving for 26. Irving was the only one of the trio to be a + player on the court and he was just a +2. Harden added 15 assists and 8 boards. The Nets are 3-2 over their last 5 games and that’s two vs the Cavs, two vs an undermanned Heat squad, and one against the Hawks. The Nets are barely beating weak opponents, and not living up to their sky-high expectations.
The Thunder have snapped a three-game losing streak with two impressive wins 125-122 at Portland Monday and 102-97 at Phoenix Wednesday. Al Horford returned to the team in Phoenix after being out of the lineup for personal reasons by scoring 21 points and 11 boards in the win. All five Thunder starters scored in double digits with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander going for 21 points, 8 assists, and 7 boards. George Hill is dealing with a thumb injury and missed the Suns game, and is not expected to play on Friday vs. the Nets. Theo Maledon will get run with Hill out of the lineup. He put up 11 points, 6 boards, and 2 assists in the 30 minutes he played against the Suns on Wednesday.
Nets vs Thunder Odds
|Where/When||Chesapeake Energy Arena, 8 PM ET|
The Nets are 7-3 in their last 10 games, but have barely beaten their opponents in that stretch, winning by an average score of 120.7 to 120.1. Brooklyn is rated as the second-best offensive team in the league, putting up an average of 119.8 points per game, but are not even remotely at the same level defensively, allowing 115.8 points per game, making them the 4th worst defensive team in the league. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the Nets have gone ‘Over’ the betting total in 14 of their first 20 games this season. As for the Thunder, they are 5-5 in their last 10, and are lucky to have those five wins, as they have been outscored by an averaged of 4.4 points per game in that 10 game stretch. The Thunder will have their hands full going up against such a high-powered offense, as they currently rank as the 8th worst defensive team in the league, allowing 112.4 points per game.
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