A rematch of the 2020-21 NBA season opener is on tap when the Golden State Warriors host Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. The Warriors (14-12) made three straight trips to the NBA Finals with Durant from 2017 to 2019, winning a pair of championships, before the high-scoring forward headed cross country to join Brooklyn. The Nets (15-12) pummeled visiting Golden State 125-99 on Dec. 22.
Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. ET at the Chase Center in San Francisco. William Hill Sportsbook lists Brooklyn as a 3.5-point favorite while the Over-Under is 245 in the latest Nets vs. Warriors odds. Before finalizing any Warriors vs. Nets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Nets vs. Warriors spread: Nets -3.5
- Nets vs. Warriors over-under: 245 points
- Nets vs. Warriors money line: Nets -160, Warriors +140
- BKN: Nets C DeAndre Jordan (personal) will miss Saturday's game
- GS: Warriors C James Wiseman (wrist) will sit out against Brooklyn
Why the Nets can cover
Guard James Harden has struggled with his shot from behind the arc over the past two games (2 of 10), but he registered his seventh straight double-double with 19 points and 11 boards in Wednesday's win. He has recorded double-digit assists in 11 of his 13 games since he was traded to Brooklyn and leads the league with 11.0 per game. He averaged 29.7 points and 11.3 assists last season vs. the Warriors while with Houston.
The Big 3 of Harden, Durant and Kyrie Irving have played together for only five games, going 4-1, and Saturday will mark the first time on the court together since Feb. 2. The Nets have been explosive on offense, ranking second in the league with an average of 120.4 points. However, they have been equally generous on defense, surrendering at least 120 points in seven straight games before shutting down Indiana on Wednesday.
Why the Warriors can cover
Stephen Curry has ascended to No. 2 in the league scoring race at 30.0 points per game and has turned up his offensive game a few notches in February. He is coming off a 40-point performance in a six-point win over Orlando on Thursday and is averaging 40.3 points over his last four games. He is 31 of 59 from 3-point range in that span and has shot at least 50 percent overall in eight straight games.
Andrew Wiggins struggled with his shot in a two-game trip to San Antonio but regained his touch and scored 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting against the Magic to raise his average to 17.6 points. Guard Kelly Oubre Jr. is third on the team at 13.8 points per game, but he is making a bigger impact this month. He scored a career-high 40 points at Dallas on Feb. 4 and is coming off consecutive double-doubles.
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