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Warriors vs. Nets: Best Bets for Wednesday’s Game

Warriors vs. Nets Best Bets for Wednesday's Game

WARRIORS VS. NETS BEST BETS FOR WEDNESDAY'S GAME- The Golden State Warriors (15-17) travel to Brooklyn to face the Nets (19-12) as the Warriors look to turn around a poor run of form since the loss of star player, Stephen Curry.

The Warriors have a dismal record on the road currently sitting at 3-15 with last night's loss to the New York Knicks and the Nets will be looking to capitalize on that and pile on the misery for last year's champions. 

The Nets are 8-7 at home and currently on a 8-game win streak after their close fought 124-121 win at Detroit on Sunday, while the Warriors started another losing streak with their 132-94 defeat at the Knicks the previous night.

Brooklyn are battling at the top of the Eastern Conference sitting in 4th right now while the Warriors are sitting low down in the Western Conference in 11th.

The Odds



















When: Wednesday, December 22nd at 7:30 pm

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

How to Watch: NBA TV

Public Bets: Warriors, 59%

Public Money: Even

Odds courtesy of DraftKings, as of December 22nd, 2022

Crumbling without Curry

Stephen Curry picked up an injury to his shoulder earlier this month, during a 125-119 loss to the Pacers, and is expected to be out into the new year. The 34-year-old was glad to avoid surgery which would have seen him miss 4-6 months of action.

Curry currently leads the team in points and assists with 30 points per game and 6.8 assists per game. The team desperately need someone to replace him during his injury but Jordan Poole has certainly been the player to fill the void at this time.

The Warriors made no major moves in the offseason and with Stephen Curry missing from action, the upcoming trade deadline adds pressure onto them to make a move. The team have chosen to stick with their power trio of Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson returning to the team.

Jordan Poole

No.3 pick in the 2019 draft Jordan Poole is enjoying a stint in the team at this present time. He led the team in points in the game against the Knicks. He set a personal best in career points with 43 against the Toronto Raptors.

Poole is averaging 19.0 points per game, which is a smidge behind team leader Andrew Wiggins at 19.1 per game. Poole is also averaging 4.6 assists per game, a stat that could see him catch up to Curry’s production. 

Andrew Wiggins is also getting on the boards in the defensive side of the game. He leads the team in steals with 1.4 per game as well as 5.1 rebounds per game.

Golden State sit at 27th in the consistency ratings, with the main source of their poor form coming on the road. Keeping in mind the Nets current win streak and home record, you would expect a Brooklyn win here. However, the Nets sit not so far above the Warriors in consistency ratings at 22nd.

High-Flying Nets

The Nets have been turning their fortunes around as of late after their poor 2021-22 season. Kyrie Irving has been on the wrong side of controversy these past couple of years, which saw him miss a lot of action but he is finally back on the court for the Nets.

Nic Claxton is leading the league in field goal percentage currently with 74% of his shots made, and sits 2nd on the block leaders board with 2.4 per game. The center is also currently leading the team for rebounds with 8.6 per game.

Claxton is enjoying a breakout year for the Nets and many (including himself) believe he should be in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year. His unique defensive ability has been key to the side this year and he is almost certainly irreplaceable.

Despite the re-entry to the team for Kyrie, Kevin Durant has been the standout player offensively. He leads the team with 30.4 points per game and 5.3 assists per game. KD put up 43 points in Sunday’s victory over the Pistons.

The Pick

The Nets are currently in the top 10 (7th) for fast break points per game with 15.7 per game and 17.3 in their last 3 games. Despite their poor form, the Warriors are also in the top 10 (10th) with 14.6 fast break points per game. Fast break is where the two teams match up most evenly. The Nets rely on this aspect of their game to establish and protect early leads, but the Nets can run with them.

With the fast break edge neutralized, the game will come down to how each defense fares against these fast break offenses.

The Warriors sit above the Nets in fast break defense. The team allows 13.6 per game while Brooklyn allows 14.5 per game on the fast break. The two teams are close to the lower ranking of defending the fastbreak.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, this stat mainly comes from when they had Stephen Curry available. Given the current scoring form of Kevin Durant, as well as the Warriors awful record on the road, the Nets will be too much for a Warriors team tired from a road game the previous night. 

Chris's Pick

Brooklyn -12


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