Brooklyn Nets vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, 3/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs San Antonio Spurs
Date: Monday, March 1, 2021
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (-3.5)
AT&T Center is the site where and the San Antonio Spurs (17-12) will take on the Brooklyn Nets (22-13) on Monday. Brooklyn opens this contest as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 227.
The Brooklyn Nets faced the Dallas Mavericks and went home with a loss by a final score of 115-98 in their last game. Brooklyn wrapped up the contest having earned a 40.7% FG percentage (35 out of 86) and buried 14 of 44 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Nets converted 14 of 19 attempts for a percentage of 73.7%. Regarding grabbing boards, they earned 47 with 14 of them being offensive. They also recorded 21 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and having 5 steals. In reference to defending, Brooklyn allowed 52.3% from the field on 45 of 86 shooting. Dallas recorded 23 dimes and had 12 steals for the matchup. Additionally, Dallas pulled down 36 boards (6 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 8 blocked shots. Dallas finished the game at 64.7% when shooting free throws by burying 11 of their 17 attempts. They also made 14 of their 36 shots from 3-point range.
James Harden is one player who came through in this contest. He accounted for 29 points on 9 out of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32:34 minutes played and pulled down 7 rebounds. Harden ended up shooting 42.9% from the floor and also earned 6 dimes. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Nets was Bruce Brown. He grabbed 9 rebounds in his 31:48 min on the hardwood. He finished the game shooting 55.6% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 5-of-9 (12 points). Overall, Brown totaled 3 assists.
Brooklyn will enter this matchup with a record of 22-13 this year. The Nets are hitting 40.4% on shots from beyond the arc (533 of 1,318) and 80.7% from the free throw line. They are averaging 120.7 pts per game (1st in the NBA) while shooting 49.9% from the floor. They cough up possession 14.6 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 19.1 fouls per contest. As a team, Brooklyn is pulling down 43.8 boards per game and has 940 assists for the season, which is 2nd in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end of the court, the Nets are forcing 12.7 turnovers per game while drawing 18.7 personal fouls. They currently rank 24th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 865 relinquished on the season. The Nets defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 46.9% (445 of 653) and they relinquish 42.5 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They give up 36.3% on 3-point attempts and they are 27th in basketball in PPG allowed (116.3).
The last time they took the hardwood, the San Antonio Spurs walked away with a victory by a final of 117-114 against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Spurs were able to corral 30 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 38 in this matchup. They also turned the ball over 8 times, while getting 7 steals in the game. The Pelicans had 17 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Spurs to the free throw line for 28 shots. They were able to make 23 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 82.1%. When it comes to three-point shots, San Antonio converted 12 out of their 32 tries (37.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Spurs shot 41 for 86 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.7%. The Spurs allowed the Pelicans to make 40 of their 91 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 44.0% in the matchup. They went 28.1% from distance by connecting on 9 of 32 and finished the contest at 25 out of 31 at the free throw line (80.6%). When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, San Antonio permitted New Orleans to pull down 52 in total (17 on the offensive side).
DeMar DeRozan ended up being a factor for the Spurs for this contest. He buried 11 out of 18 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 61.1%, and had 1 rebound. DeRozan recorded 32 points in his 38:22 minutes on the court and had 11 assists for this game. One more player that ended being a contributor for San Antonio was Dejounte Murray. He ended up walking away with 7 assists in 37:08 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 7 of 16 from the floor. Murray finished going 43.8% from the floor while contributing 18 points and 6 rebounds.
San Antonio has a win-loss record of 17-12 so far this year. San Antonio has totaled 3,217 points on the season (110.9 per game) and they grab 44.9 boards per contest. The Spurs have committed 17.3 fouls per game and they go 79.1% from the free throw line. When it comes to executing on offense, the Spurs are shooting 45.5% from the floor, which ranks them 21st in the NBA. They are dishing out assists 25.0 times per game (16th in the league) and they are giving up possession 11.1 times per game. The Spurs on defense are ranked 11th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 111.2. They give up 24.7 dimes and 48.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 14th and 29th in the NBA. The San Antonio defense surrenders 38.4% on shots from distance (374 of 974) and their opponents are making 73.7% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 14.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.7% from the field (16th in the NBA).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take San Antonio (+3.5) and over 227 points
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