The Brooklyn Nets have a Kyrie situation going on, but they will have to put that aside when they look to get back in the win column Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets are on the last leg of their current road trip and want to return home with another victory.
Catch this game live on Wednesday, January 13, at 8:30 AM, Manila time.
HOME TEAM: Brooklyn Nets (5-6, 4-4 at home)
It’s been somewhat of a frustrating season so far for Steve Nash and the Nets. They are below .500 after 11 games and are on the heels of back-to-back losses to the Memphis Grizzlies (115-110) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (129-116) — two games in which Brooklyn was the favorite.
Against the Nuggets, the Nets will look to prevent dropping their third game in a row without the help of the seemingly troubled Kyrie Irving. The talented point guard will miss his fourth consecutive game, citing personal reasons, which means the Nets will once again lean heavily on the shoulders of Kevin Durant and Caris LeVert. Durant had 36 points and 11 rebounds in the OKC game, while LeVert had 21 points.
The total has hit the over in each of Brooklyn’s last four games.
ROAD TEAM: Denver Nuggets (5-5, 3-1 on the road)
The Nuggets are finding their groove after a slow start. Following their fourth loss in five games to start the season, the Nuggets have gone 4-1 straight up. Denver enters Wednesday’s contest following consecutive wins over the Philadelphia 76ers (115-103) and the New York Knicks (114-89). The Nuggets are also 3-0 in their last three road games.
The offense has been clicking for Denver. The team is currently fifth in the league with 116.5 points per game on 49.4 field goal shooting percentage, which is second-best overall. Nikola Jokic is playing insanely efficient basketball these days, as he is averaging 24.4 points (58.7 FG%, 43.3 3FG%), so far this season. The Nets’ have Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan to throw at Jokic, but neither are especially great in defending against a tablet-setting stretch-five.
The Nuggets have covered the spread in six of their last 10 games away as the road team, dating back to last season.
Kevin Durant is not going to let the Nets lose three in a row, so expect him to ball out and lead Brooklyn to a win. The Nets will defeat Denver, 121-117.