The Brooklyn Nets (29-19) kick off a tough five-game Western Conference road trip on Saturday. Their first stop is against the Golden State Warriors (36-13), who are wrapping up a seven-game homestand. Tip-off for Saturday’s game is 8:30 p.m. ET at Chase Center. Below, we look at the Nets vs. Warriors odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Nets have dropped all the way to fifth place in the Eastern Conference and have lost three games in a row. They are 6-10 in their last 16 games, but they have been great on the road, where they are 17-6, compared to 12-13 at home.
The Warriors have won four games in a row and are 5-1 in this homestand. They are coming off a 124-115 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday night. They trail the Phoenix Suns by 3.5 games for first place in the Western Conference.
Nets at Warriors odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Nets +265 (bet $100 to win $265) | Warriors -350 (bet $350 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Nets +7.5 (-120) | Warriors -7.5 (-105)
Over/Under (O/U): 229.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
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Nets at Warriors key injuries
F Kevin Durant (knee) out
F Joe Harris (ankle) out
F Paul Millsap (personal) out
C Nemanja Bjelica (back) questionable
F Draymond Green (back) out
F Andre Iguodala (hip) out
C James Wiseman (knee) out
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Nets at Warriors odds, lines, picks and predictions
Nets 124, Warriors 121
The Warriors beat the Nets 117-99 in Brooklyn back on Nov. 16. They have the league’s best home record at 23-4.
Meanwhile, only the Phoenix Suns have more than the Nets’ 17 road wins this season.
Being on the road means G Kyrie Irving will get to play, pairing him and G James Harden to match up against G Stephen Curry and G Klay Thompson for the Warriors, while Durant and Green will both be out.
This could be an NBA Finals preview. This game could go either way, but I LEAN NETS (+265), partly because of the payout.
Against the spread
The Nets are 13-10 ATS on the road this season. They have struggled against the spread in recent weeks. They have covered the spread in only four of their last 16 games. They are, though, 5-5 ATS as underdogs.
The Warriors haven’t been much better against the spread. They are 5-9 ATS in their last 14 games. They are, though, 17-8-2 AT at home.
But I think the Warriors are due for an upset, especially against one of the best road teams in the league that is expected to be a Finals contender.
Take the NETS +7.5 (-120).
Their first matchup this season finished with only 216 points.
The Nets are fifth in the league in scoring, but the Warriors have the league’s No. 1 defensive rating.
If this game is about defense, the Warriors will win. However, if the Nets are going to win, it is because they are able to score and push the pace.
Expecting a Nets win, take OVER 229.5 (-108).
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