Check out our free Spurs vs Nets pick and preview for this NBA game in Brooklyn. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Spurs vs Nets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: San Antonio Spurs at Brooklyn Nets
- Where: Brooklyn at Barclays Center
- Date: Monday, January 2nd
- Betting Odds BKN -13.5, SA +664 | BKN -1022 O/U OFF
The Spurs come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 12-24. So far, the team has gone 16-20-0 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. San Antonio is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
San Antonio will be gunning to get in the win column vs the Nets, as they previously lost to the Mavericks by a score of 126-125. However, because they entered as 7 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. San Antonio was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Mavericks by 1 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Keldon Johnson, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 52.6% of his shots.
So far, the Nets have put together an overall record of 24-12, while going 18-17-1 vs the spread. The Nets entered today’s game having picked up 11 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 9.55 points per game.
The Nets will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Hornets by a score of 123-106. Heading into the game, they were 6 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Brooklyn played well enough in the second half to prevent the Hornets from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 12 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Kyrie Irving, as he contributed 28 points while hitting 57.9% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In their 2 wins over the Spurs, the Nets won by scores of 121-119 and 119-102. Similar to their season-long average, the Spurs averaged 110.5 points per game vs the Nets. On the other side, Brooklyn saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Spurs, as they averaged 119.0 points per game in these matchups. The Nets have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 4-1. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 11 points per game. San Antonio and Brooklyn averaged a combined 239 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the San Antonio offense is ranked 22nd in the NBA in scoring at 111.9 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Spurs will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.2 made 3’s per game. If the San Antonio offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 15.6 turnovers per game.
Defensively, San Antonio has had its problems giving up an average of 113.04 points per game (23rd).
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Devin Vassell who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 19.6 points per game. At the time of this article, Vassell is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 2nd on the team in usage rate and is 82nd in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, San Antonio benefit from having both of their top scorers as Keldon Johnson leads the team and is 37th in the league in scoring (21.4). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 1st in points allowed to small-forwards.
This season, the Brooklyn offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 114.5 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Nets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.0 per contest. The Nets are a candidate to see their offensive numbers improve, as not only do they play at a fast pace, but they are a strong team at scoring inside. So far they are 12th in made 2-point field goals per game.
On defense, the Nets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 18th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Small-Forward Kevin Durant currently leads the Nets at 29.7 points per game. For the season, he is 13th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 22.6% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Durant is averaging 6.9 boards and 5.3 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 22nd ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Kyrie Irving enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 26 games, he is averaging 26.2 and is 41st in the league in player efficiency rating.
Spurs vs Nets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Spurs +13.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF