Brooklyn Nets cease losing skid

Brooklyn Nets cease losing skid

The Brooklyn Nets and the San Antonio Spurs eye to bounce back from their previous losses before this game. These two teams will meet for the second time in the regular season, with the Nets winning the first one. It was a dominating win for the Nets, as they won by 36 points, in a 139-103 victory. However, both of them are from a loss, with the Nets suffering a defeat against the Thunder, and the Spurs losing to the Kings. The Nets are from a 112-102 loss against the Thunder, which saw their struggle in offense. Spurs on the other hand is from a 132-119 loss to the Kings, due to their defensive struggle. Their second meeting will be on January 18, 2023, at 9:00 AM (GMT+8), with the Spurs hosting this match.

These two teams are from different conference, with the hosts are from the West, while the visitors are from the East. The hosts are at the 14th in the Western Conference, winning just 13 of their 31 games. Furthermore, they have been horrible when it comes to their home games, winning just eight of their 16 home games. As for the visitors, they are doing well, being at the second spot in the Eastern Conference. They earned 27 wins from their 42 games, winning 14 of their 22 away games. Although for some, this might be a sure win for the Nets, the Spurs are capable of pulling off upsets this season.

Brooklyn Nets

NBA: Brooklyn Nets
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The Nets listed their second straight loss when they went against the Thunder on their previous meeting. With that, they are hoping that they will be able to finally end that losing streak, and finally win in this game. It is just unfortunate that they lost Kevin Durant amid their struggles, so other guys need to step-up. In addition to the unfortunate events Luckily, they are shooting well in the three point line, shooting 38.8% from that area. This is the second-highest three-point shooting percentage. They are also doing well from the free-throw line, shooting 79.9%, a proof that they are capable of shooting anywhere. However, although this squad have shown that they are able to contest shots, their lame defense in the perimeter hurt them a lot of times. With that, it is one of the areas they need to improve. In offense, they are the 15th with 113.9 points per game, and the fifth in defense, allowing 110.6 points.

Kevin Durant continues to lead the Nets in scoring, having 29.7 points, and 6.7 rebounds. Unfortunately, he will be out for this game, due to his knee injury. On the other hand, Ben Simmons is listed as questionable, following his back issues. With that, Kyrie Irving, who is having 26.5 points per game, will have to take charge for the Nets.

San Antonio Spurs

NBA: San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs come into this match with hopes to finally stop bleeding this season, as they have been struggling all season. Just like any other teams, shooting beyond the arc is also their struggle. They failed to consistently make their shots in the three-point line, shooting only 34.5% in that territory. Additionally, they were not able to take advantage of the free-throw line, shooting only 73.7% from that field. Aside from their struggle in offense, they are also not doing well in defense. They are also failing to show consistency in contesting shots, either near the rim or in outside. Having those numbers, it is no wonder that they are at the bottom of their conference standings. They allow their opponents to shoot 39.9% beyond the arc, which shows that they are not doing well in defense. They are the 20th in offense, having 112.6 points per game, and the 30th in defense, as they allow 121.7 points per game.

This squad is led by Keldon Johnson, and Devin Vassell, who are averaging 21.1 and 19.4 points per game apiece. However, Devin Vassell is out in this game, following his knee injury. Doug McDermott on the other hand is questionable, as he sustained a back issue.

Prediction:

Brooklyn Nets
Total Under: 120.5
Odds: 0.91

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