Arena: Barclays Center
Home Floor: Brooklyn Nets
In this cross-conference match-up, two red hot teams in Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Nets clash against each other in a high-octane match-up. Warriors have dismantled numerous opponents and their two losses so far have been close. Meanwhile, James Harden and Kevin Durant continue to wreak havoc. Simply head for the “Expert Betting Tips” section for quick notes.Get Your Welcome Bonus!
Golden State Warriors: Keeping the door open
Curry: Steam engine at offensive end
Stephen Curry has been on-song once again to keep on adding to his first ballot Hall-of-Fame type career. With support largely from Wiggins and Poole, he is able to be even more assertive on the offensive end. While Curry scorers 28.1 PPG, Poole and Wiggins combine for 35.2 PPG; all three are capable of playing high-quality isolation basketball. The Warriors rank first in terms of Points Per Game with 115.1 and that is not a big surprise for a Curry-led team.
The defense is equally impressive
With Draymond at PF, Wiggins at SF, and two fighting guards in Poole and Curry along with a feisty Center Kevon Looney, the Warriors have done extremely well in terms of defense. Andre Iguodala is primarily a defensive player off the bench and the team has both length and hustle. Golden State holds its opponents at 101.8 PPG, which is the third-best in the league. The team allows just 31.8% from three, which is the third-best in the league.
All this without Klay!
Yes, Klay is yet to return and even if he doesn’t return in full flow, the team has already made multiple statements. Steve Kerr has utilized his depleted team well and despite not a wealth of depth, he has made this team play hard on the defensive end. That is how the squad has had a net difference of more than 13 PPG! This time poses multiple risks for opponents game in and game out and has an 11-2 record.
Brooklyn Nets: No Kyrie, no problem, so far...
KD and Harden pairing
Kevin Durant is no less of a superstar than Stephen Curry and has led his team in scoring in 12 of the 14 games so far. The Nets have a 10-4 record and when you have a former MVP like James Harden paired up with Durant, the results are not that surprising. Surely, Harden hasn’t been at his best but his playmaking and isolation scoring talent make it up. LaMarcus Aldridge has played a crucial hand with around 13 PPG so far while Patty Mills comes up with a blitz every now and then, like in the last game against Thunder when he made nine triples. Brooklyn is in the middle of the 30-team pack, scoring 108.5 PPG.
Defense as good as Warriors
Nets coach Steve Nash also hangs his hat on defense. The Nets give away just 103.5 PPG which is among the top-six. The team allows opponents to shoot just 31% from three and it is clear athletic players like Bruce Brown and Blake Griffin have helped out in that department. Nets play a disciplined brand of defense and it has helped them generate wins recently, holding teams under 100 nine out of 14 times.
Brooklyn is clicking but East is deep
Although the Nets have been on fire this season, they may miss Kyrie Irving at some point. The Eastern Conference is deeper this season and if the Brooklyn team is hit with injuries, it doesn’t have the depth to be similarly competitive. The bench doesn’t pack that much of a punch and there is a serious lack of scoring options apart from Durant and Harden in the starting line-up.
Golden State Warriors
- Points Leaders: Stephen Curry: 28.1, Andrew Wiggins: 18.0, Jordan Poole: 17.2
- Rebounds Leader: Draymond Green: 8.1, Kevon Looney: 6.7, Stephen Curry: 6.2
- Assists Leader: Draymond Green: 7.1, Stephen Curry: 6.7, Andre Iguodala: 3.9
- Points Leaders: Kevin Durant: 29.6, James Harden: 19.5, LaMarcus Aldridge: 12.8.
- Rebounds Leader: Kevin Durant: 8.4, James Harden: 7.6, LaMarcus Aldridge: 5.7.
- Assists Leader: James Harden: 9.3, Kevin Durant: 5.1, Patty Mills: 2.5
Expert Betting Tips
Warriors come off a loss against HHornets but even then their 11-2 record accompanied by a 3-1 Away stat makes them a tough team even on the road. The team has lost only close games, one in Overtime against Memphis and just by four points against Charlotte Hornets. It is clear that they will face a tough challenge from Brooklyn Nets and playing on the road against such a sturdy opponent will surely test them out.
Here are some quick notes:
- In the last game, the Warriors scored 102 against the Hornets, which is 13 points under their season average.
- Wiggins has had a 28 and a 35 points game in a space of 6-7 days.
- Jordan Poole has usually hovered around the 14 points mark this season.
- This is a battle between two defensive-minded teams but don’t be surprised if there is a shootout.
- Stephen Curry shot 7 out of 22 from the field in this last game.
- Warriors injury report: Klay Thompson and James Wiseman will remain out.
- Joe Harris, Paul Millsap, Nic Claxton, and Kyrie Irving are listed as out.
- Patty Mills comes into this game after shooting career-high 9 threes in win against the Thunder but Warriors is a much better defensive team.
- Golden State Warriors To Win for 2.20;
- Total 1 Under 110 for 2.03;
- Total U 220.0 for 1.90.