The Brooklyn Nets head to Texas to take on the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Stadium on Thursday night.
The Spurs have dominated this series as they have a commanding 71-22 record against the Nets. Their 91.3% winning record against Brooklyn is their highest winning percentage against any team in the NBA. San Antonio has won 42 out of their last 46 meetings, including the last 16 and Brooklyn has not tasted victory in San Antonio since 2003.
Three Games Over .500
The Nets improved to three games over the .500 mark at 15-12 following their road win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. Brooklyn has won five out of their last seven games played including the last two. One of those wins was a 20-point win over the Philadelphia 76ers last Sunday night.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 31 points and issued a game-high 7 assists for the Nets. Jarrett Allen tied a career-high with six blocks while scoring 12 points and grabbing 14 rebounds while Joe Harris added 24 points. Kyrie Irving continues to sit out games for the Nets but the team is 11-5 SU in his absence.
The Nets rank 12th in scoring at 111.7 points per game this season. They are ranked 3rd in rebounding at 48.3 boards hauled per contest and they are 15th in passing at 24.2 assists per game. Brooklyn is allowing the 12th most points per game this season at 111.5 points per game.
Odds from BetOnline as of 12/19/19
Blowing Big Leads
The Spurs fell to 10-16 SU on the season after throwing away a 25-point lead and losing to the Houston Rockets on Monday night. That loss was just one of the several games where the Spurs threw away big leads in games this season. Before that, the Spurs had won three out of four games, all four games going to an overtime period.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against the Rockets. Bryn Forber made six three-pointers and scored 18 points, all in overtime. Derrick White and Dejounte Murray also chipped in 26 points each while DeMar DeRozan scored just 12 points for the Spurs.
San Antonio ranks 13th in scoring at 111.7 points per game and they are 6th in rebounding at 46.6 boards grabbed per contest. The Spurs are 14th in passing at 24.2 assists per game and they are allowing their opponents to score an average of 115.4 points per game this season, 6th most in the NBA.
Brooklyn is 10-4 SU in their last 14 games played. The Nets are 6-2 SU in their last eight games played on the road. San Antonio is 5-13 SU in their last 18 games played. The Spurs are 7-7 SU in their last 14 games played at home. Head to head, the Spurs are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games played against the Nets. San Antonio has also won its last 16 home games played against Brooklyn.
The Nets have won five out of their last seven games played. They have played better even with Kyrie Irving still injured. Brooklyn has won five out of their last seven games played and are playing better with Dinwiddie in charge and blew out the Sixers by 20 points two games ago. Meanwhile, the Spurs have been a very inconsistent team this season and they are just 5-5 SU in their last 10 games played. DeRozan has averaged just 15 points in his last two games played and the Spurs blew a 25-point lead and lost the Houston Rockets by two points on Monday night.
The Spurs have dominated this matchup and the Nets haven’t won in San Antonio since 2004. However, Brooklyn is playing much better basketball this season and the Spurs are just 7-7 SU at home this season. I’ll take the plus money and go with the underdogs here.
Prediction: Brooklyn Nets
Other Bets to Make
The Nets are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games played. Brooklyn is 7-7 ATS in 14 road games played this season, and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games against the Southwest Division. The Spurs are 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 games played. San Antonio is 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games played at home. Head to head, the Spurs are 5-3-2 ATS in their last 10 games played against the Nets.
Odds from BetOnlineas of 12/19/19
Brooklyn hasn’t won at the AT&T Center since 2003 and the Spurs have improved lately, winning three out of their last five games played. The Nets are playing better even though they are without their top three players in Durant, Irving, and LeVert. DeMar DeRozan has scored only a total of 30 points in his last two games played and I have not seen the Spurs play consistent basketball this season. I think the offenses are even but the Nets have the better defense between the two. I’ll take the plus points and the underdogs here.
Prediction: Nets +2.5
The total has gone under in five out of the last six games played by the Nets. The under is 8-6 in the last 14 road games played by Brooklyn. The total has gone over in four out of the last six games played by the Spurs. The over is 6-2 in San Antonio’s last eight games played in December. Head to head, the under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between the Nets and Spurs.
Odds from BetOnline as of 12/19/19
Brooklyn’s defense has been better as of late. The Nets have allowed 104 or fewer points in four out of their last six games played and they have gone below the 218 total in four out of their last six games played. The Spurs have scored 109 or fewer points in eight out of their last 10 games played. This match-up has been low-scoring in their last 10 meetings and this one should be no different with Brooklyn missing its top three players and San Antonio having offensive issues.
Prediction: Under 219.5