Check out our free Nets vs Timberwolves pick and preview for this NBA game in Minneapolis. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Nets vs Timberwolves NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Brooklyn Nets at Minnesota Timberwolves
- Where: Minneapolis at Target Center
- Date: Friday, March 10th
- Betting Odds MIN -5, BKN +169 | MIN -206 O/U OFF
So far, the Nets have put together an overall record of 37-29, while going 35-30-1 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 3-0 vs the spread.
Brooklyn will be gunning to get in the win column vs the Timberwolves, as they previously lost to the Bucks by a score of 118-113. However, because they entered as 9 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. Brooklyn got off to a slow start, trailing by 17 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Patty Mills, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
The Timberwolves come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 34-33. So far, the team has gone 32-35-0 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Minnesota is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
In their previous game, the Timberwolves were favored to win vs the 76ers. However, their 117-94 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Minnesota struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip home at a 13 point halftime deficit. Leading the team in scoring was Anthony Edwards, as he contributed 32 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Going back to last season, the Nets and Timberwolves split their season series, with each team picking up a win at home. The average point total across the two games was 222.5 points. Similar to their season-long average, the Nets averaged 117.5 points per game vs the Timberwolves. Similar to the Nets, the Timberwolves scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Brooklyn, the team averaged 120.5 points per game. Across the last 5 matchups between the teams, Minnesota has gone 4-1 vs the spread. However, the Nets actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +4 points per game. The over-under record in these same games is 2-3, with the teams combining for an average of 230 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 66 games, Brooklyn is averaging 113.6 points per game (18th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Nets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.1 per contest. Although the team tends to play at a more deliberate pace, they are currently one of the more efficient shooting teams, connecting on field goal attempts at a rate of 49.3%.
Against the Timberwolves, the Nets will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 18th in points allowed.
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Nets 2nd leading scorer, Spencer Dinwiddie. In his 64 games, Dinwiddie is averaging 17.7 points per game while dishing out 5.5 assists and grabbing 3.2 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Mikal Bridges, who leads the team and is 65th in the NBA at 18.5 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 47.3% of his field goal attempts while taking 16.7% of the team’s shots from the floor.
For the season, the Timberwolves offensive unit is ranked just 13th in scoring at 115.3 points per contest. For the season, the Timberwolves have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 6th in the NBA in possessions per game.. The team’s offense could be a candidate to see their overall offensive numbers improve, as not only do they generate an above-average number of possessions, but they are near the top of the league in made 2-point field goals per game.
On defense, the Timberwolves will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 24th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
This season, the Timberwolves offense has primarily worked through Anthony Edwards and Rudy Gobert who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 67 games, Edwards is 23rd in the NBA at 24.7 points per game. So far, him and Gobert have accounted for 31% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 38.2 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Rudy Gobert is grabbing 11.5 rebounds for Minnesota to go along with 0.9 assists.
Nets vs Timberwolves Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Nets +5
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF