Brooklyn Nets vs. Golden State Warriors Pick and Prediction – NBA, Saturday, January 29th (2022)
We have a top tier NBA matchup for you this Saturday between the Nets and the Warriors. Both teams have had quality seasons so far and are looking to grab a top seed for the playoffs by the end of the year.
Brooklyn is going to be without Kevin Durant for this game against his former team, which would have been fun to see him play against. Nonetheless, this is still going to be a great game with lots of top tier players.
The game will be at 8:30 p.m ET, so clear your schedules so you can see James Harden and Kyrie Irving take on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
Let’s take a look at the odds and why each team can win.
Odds for Nets vs. Warriors
The Warriors are decently favored to win this game at 5.5 points. It is also estimated to be a very high scoring game, so make sure you have these players in your fantasy lineups.
With that being said, Brooklyn has been way better on the road against the spread. A big reason for that is Kyrie Irving’s ability to play outside of New York. The Nets record ATS jumps to 13-10 on the road, which jumps to 9th best in the NBA.
Golden State also is better at home with a record of 17-8-2, which is second best in the NBA. One of these teams are going to take a hit on their great record in their destination for this game.
Most games also go under between these two teams, which makes the over pretty unappealing. I was a bit surprised to see the over so high in the first place.
You can find these odds on BetOnline, so head over there to place your bets.
Why the Nets Will Win
The addition of Kyrie Irving to the Nets’ lineup is huge. They desperately needed him to play this season and they were able to bring him in part time. They will take a substantial hit in their home games without him, but that is not going to happen in this one.
When the Nets are on the court with Kyrie, James Harden, Kessler Edwards, Day’Ron Sharpe, and Patty Mills, they play very well. They have a +25.5 score in terms of plus/minus, which is their 4th best lineup this year.
The other 3 lineups that are better than that have played less than 30 minutes together while that lineup has played in almost 50 minutes.
4 years ago today, Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving had a CRAZY duel.— Hilltop Hoops (@HilltopNBA) January 27, 2022
49 PTS | 5 AST | 16-24 FG
37 PTS | 4 AST | 13-18 FG
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The Warriors are going to be very tough to beat, as they have the highest net rating (Offensive Rating minus Defensive Rating) in the entire NBA. Most of that is from their defense, which ranks as the best in the NBA.
The Nets have a very solid offensive team with plenty of weapons. Irving, Harden, and Mills are all above average scorers. LaMarcus Aldridge has been a solid addition to their lineup, and gives them a scoring threat down low as well.
The Warriors are possibly the best team in basketball when they are hot, but they can also be absolutely terrible at points.
With that being said, they are on a 4 game winning streak and the Nets are going to have to play very well if they want to snap that.
Why the Warriors Will Win
After a little bit of a slump, the Warriors appear to be heating up again. Steph Curry isn’t shooting the ball as well as he did last year, but he is sure to get hot at some point this season.
Curry’s field goal percentage dropped from 48.2% to 41.8% and his 3 point percentage has dropped from 42.1% to 37.7%. He seems to have been getting better recently, shooting 50% from the field and 60% from 3 in his last game against Minnesota.
The other splash bro is starting to warm up too. Klay Thompson had his best game of the season against Minnesota, scoring 23 points on 9 of 16 field goals (56.3%, 55.6% from 3).
Once these two really get hot then the Warriors can get right back into their 73-9 season kind of ways. There would be very few teams who could beat the Warriors if they get back to that point.
Other than the Splash Bros, the Warriors have some solid contributors. Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Otto Porter, and others fill out this roster nicely.
The Nets are a better offensive team than they are defense, which is an advantage to the Warriors. If the Warriors can take advantage of the Nets’ below average defense, then they should get out of here with a nice win.
My Pick for Nets vs. Warriors
Kyrie Irving makes the Nets a way better team, but they are still lacking a lot of depth. They pay their big three a ton of money and their bench is 23rd in points per game (32.4). The Warriors are 9th best in bench scoring (37.0), which should give them a nice boost.
You can bet on the best NBA betting sites for what you think is going to happen for this game, or if you want to bet on the NBA Finals for either of these teams.
The Nets might keep it close throughout this game, but I see the Warriors pulling away with a solid 5 game winning streak after this one.
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Golden State Warriors -5.5-110