Brooklyn Nets vs. Golden State Warriors Prediction: Early Season Game of the Year
When: Tuesday, November 16, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where to Watch: TNT
Spread: Nets -3
Nets vs. Warriors Prediction
With all due respect to earlier matchups this season between the Heat and Jazz, the Nets and Bucks, and even last week’s battle between the Warriors and Bulls, this is the game of the year thus far in the NBA season.
In some ways, it’s a battle that is more than two years in the making. Ever since KD left the Warriors for Brooklyn, we’ve been waiting for Golden State to recapture some of the more wholesome magic they had before Durant made them a super-team. While Klay Thompson remains out, they still have the best net rating and record in the NBA, and that’s even after their entertaining-as-hell 106-102 loss in Charlotte that ended the seven-game win streak.
Now they go out of the frying pan and into the fire. For as much as Golden State’s early start has been invigorating for the league, the competition hasn’t exactly been filled with world-beaters. Since their opening night win in LA against the Lakers, the Warriors have played just two road games, and those came early against the Kings and Thunder. They faced some decent teams in their next eight, all at home, but aside from maybe the Bulls, none that profile as contenders come April and May.
The Nets are a different animal, especially lately. 8-1 in their last nine games, they have the third-best point differential in the NBA over that time. With all due respect to Steph Curry, Kevin Durant is making a case for MVP with some stats the league simply hasn’t seen before: 30, 8 & 5 and flirting with a 60/40/90 season, never before done in league history.
This has the feel of a statement game, not only for KD but for James Harden as well, who has slowly started to round into form (pun very much intended). He’s put up double-digit dimes in six of his last eight, scored 39 in New Orleans a few days ago, and is up to 39 percent from deep on the year.
Brooklyn may not have the best home-court advantage, but they’re in their building for the first time in two weeks. It’ll be a joyous homecoming, and with a spread this small, you can give the points with confidence.
Nets vs. Warriors Pick
- Nets -3 (-110)
Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers Prediction
When: 10:00 p.m. ET
Where to Watch: TNT
Jazz vs. 76ers Odds
On the whole, Philly’s fight since Joel Embiid and several others went down has been inspiring. They have been in all four games they’ve played, losing competitive bouts to the Knicks, Bucks, and Raptors at home before dropping their most recent outing in Indiana.
But that’s still four straight L’s, and in none of the games did they successfully cover the spread.
The margin for this game – 8.5 points, which is actually quite low for a middling team heading into the lion’s den that is Utah – is higher than any of those, but it’s also deserved. The Jazz have lost two in a row in their building and four of five overall, but those have all been close, and this feels like the get-well game they need. Philly is also still missing Matisse Thybulle and Danny Green in addition to Embiid, to say nothing of the ongoing absence of Ben Simmons.
Don’t get swayed by recent results here where the Jazz are concerned. Utah still has the year’s third-best net rating at plus 6.7, and the Sixers over the last four games are 24th in that stat at negative 5.5. Philly will give its commensurate fight as always, but Utah knows it can’t let another home game slip away. They’ll play with the right level of urgency, and the final score will reflect as much. Give the points.
Jazz vs. 76ers Pick
- Jazz -9.5 (-110)