Brooklyn Nets vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 3/12/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Sunday, March 12, 2023
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (+8)
The Denver Nuggets are hosting the Brooklyn Nets at Ball Arena on Sunday. Brooklyn opens as 8-point underdogs. The total is set at 228.
The Nets stepped onto the hardwood against the Timberwolves and took home the win by a score of 124-123 in their last game. When talking about fouls, the Nets walked away with 26 and the Timberwolves recorded 21 fouls. They also knocked down 9 out of their 30 tries from beyond the perimeter. Minnesota finished the game at 62.1% at the free throw line by making 18 of their 29 tries. In addition, Minnesota grabbed 47 rebounds (12 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Minnesota recorded 29 dimes and had 10 steals in the matchup. In reference to the defense, Brooklyn allowed the other team to go 49.0% from the field on 48 of 98 shooting. They also distributed 20 dimes for the matchup as well as creating 14 turnovers and getting 7 steals. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 48 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Nets made 24 of their 33 shots for a rate of 72.7%. Brooklyn finished the contest with a 46.2% field goal percentage (42 of 91) and converted 16 of their 34 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Mikal Bridges is a player who came through for this game. Bridges ended up shooting 54.2% from the floor and also dished out 1 assist. He was on the court for 47 minutes played and also pulled down 6 boards. He recorded 34 points on 13 of 24 shooting.
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Brooklyn steps onto the court with a win-loss mark of 38-29 on the year. They are turning it over 14.0 times per game and as a squad they commit 21.6 fouls every game. As a unit, Brooklyn is snagging 40.4 boards per game and is sitting with 1,697 dimes so far this season, which ranks 12th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Nets are connecting on 38.5% on shots from distance (854 of 2,218) and 80.0% from the free throw line. They average 113.7 points per game (18th in the league) while connecting on 49.3% from the floor.
Defensively, the Nets are able to force 13.9 turnovers per game while drawing 18.4 fouls. They currently rank 4th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,551 conceded on the campaign. The Nets defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.2% (2,738 of 5,932) and they concede 45.0 rebounds per game as a unit. They concede 37.1% from 3-point land and they are 12th in the NBA in PPG allowed (112.9).
The last time they took the court, the Nuggets took a loss by a score of 128-120 against the Spurs. In regard to how they attacked the glass, Denver allowed San Antonio to snag 50 overall (13 offensive). They finished shooting 39.4% from distance by going 13 of 33 and ended up shooting 13 of 17 from the free throw line (76.5%). The Nuggets permitted the Spurs to bury 51 out of their 94 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 54.3% in this matchup. In all, the Nuggets went 44 out of 90 from the floor which had them shooting 48.9%. Concerning shots from downtown, Denver knocked down 13 of their 35 attempts (37.1%). They were able to knock down 19 of them for a percentage of 95.0%. The Spurs were called for 20 personal fouls for this contest which got the Nuggets to the free throw line for 20 attempts. They also gave up possession 14 times, while getting 14 steals for this game. The Nuggets were able to corral 25 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 33 in this matchup.
Nikola Jokic ended up being important for the Nuggets in this contest. Jokic earned 37 points in his 39 minutes on the court and had 11 dimes for this contest. He made 14 out of 24 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 58.3%, and earned 11 rebounds.
Denver has a record of 46-21 for the campaign. The Nuggets are committing 18.8 personal fouls every game while shooting 75.3% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 29.3 times per contest (2nd in the league) and they turn it over 14.7 times per contest. Denver has earned 7,831 points on the season (116.9 per game) and they average 43.0 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Nuggets are shooting 50.8% from the field, which has them ranked 1st in the league.
The Denver defense gives up 34.7% on 3-pointers (767 of 2,210) and opponents are knocking down 76.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They have given up 25.9 dimes and 40.5 total boards per game, which ranks 21st and 1st in basketball. The Nuggets on the defensive end are ranked 13th in the league in points given up per game with 112.9. They are forcing their opponents into 13.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 48.0% from the floor (23rd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Brooklyn (+8)
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