Clear your Wednesday schedules, as the NBA has a huge matchup ready for everyone, with the Golden State Warriors taking on the Brooklyn Nets in a potential preview of the 2022 NBA Finals. Delve into our preview of this marquee game before laying your bets.
Catch this game live on Wednesday, November 17, at 8:30 AM, Manila time.
Away: Golden State Warriors (11-2/3-1 on the road)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Stephen Curry
- SG: Jordan Poole
- SF: Andrew Wiggins
- PF: Draymond Green
- C: Kevon Looney
Stephen Curry finished with 24 points but shot just 7-of-22 from the field in the Warriors’ 106-102 upset loss on the road to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. That loss prevented Golden State from scoring its eighth win in a row. Curry admitted following the loss to Charlotte that he did not have “it” and said he forced some shots when he knew that he was off. But Curry is going to keep on shooting no matter what.
There is no greener light in the basketball universe than what the Warriors give Curry on a nightly basis. On the season, Curry is averaging 28.1 points per game on 44.2 FG% and 38.7 3FG%. One thing to know about the Warriors, who are leading the NBA with an average of 115.1 points per game, is that they have covered the spread in their first game this season after a loss. Furthermore, they are 20-15 ATS in their last 35 games following a defeat, dating back to 2020.
Home: Brooklyn Nets (10-4/4-2 at home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: James Harden
- SG: Patty Mills
- SF: Bruce Brown
- PF: Kevin Durant
- C: Blake Griffin
Unlike the Warriors, the Nets are coming into Wednesday’s matchup riding an unbeaten streak. Brooklyn is now 3-0 in its last three games after ending a six-game road trip with a 120-96 demolition job of a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant torched OKC with 33 points on 9-of-17 shooting, while James Harden posted 16 points, 13 assists, and six rebounds. Harden had six turnovers, though. He will have to be even more careful with the leather against the Warriors, who are fourth in the NBA with a 14.7 defensive turnover rate.
The Nets will not have the services of Joe Harris Wednesday after suffering an ankle injury in the Thunder game, so expect to see Patty Mills taking over the former Virginia Cavaliers shooter’s starting spot. Mills should be able to compensate for the 3-point shooting Brooklyn will lose to Harris’ upcoming absence. Speaking of which, the Nets are the most accurate 3-point shooting team in the league with a 39.3 3FG%. They are also fifth with 13.0 threes per contest. Brooklyn returns home with a 15-5 ATS record in its last 20 games at Barclays Center.
Spread: The Warriors feed off Brooklyn’s turnovers and cover as 2.5-point underdogs.
Over/Under: When you think of the Warriors and the Nets, it’s offense that first comes to mind. But these two teams are both top 10 in adjusted defensive rating, so far this season. Take the Under (220.0).