Date and Time: Thursday, February 6th, 2014, 8:00 PM EST on TNT

Game Line: Brooklyn -5 (from JustBet)

Game Total (Over/Under):  195.5 (from JustBet)

Thursday NBA analysis: Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs travel to Brooklyn take on the resurgent Nets for the first game of the TNT doubleheader on Thursday night.

San Antonio is in the midst of a 9 game road trip. They are 2-0 on their road swing, defeating New Orleans 102-95 on Monday night, and winning a double overtime thriller at Washington last night 125-118. The Spurs have had to deal with some injuries, with Kawhi Leonard out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, point guard Tony Parker, along with guard and offensive catalyst Manu Ginobli. The Spurs are 9th in the league in scoring averaging 104.2 ppg while shooting 49.2% from the field (2nd in the NBA). On the glass they are averaging 42.5 rebounds per game, with a +0.5 rebounding differential this season. Defensively they are allowing 97.2 ppg (6th in the NBA) while limiting opponents to 44.5% shooting from the field.

Brooklyn made some huge offseason moves this season, executing a trade with Boston that brought Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry. They also added first year coach Jason Kidd into the mix. The season didn’t start off as planned, as they were 10-21 at the end of December. It took some time, but this team seems to be turning the corner, as they are 11-4 in 2014 with key wins over the likes of Golden State, Miami, and Oklahoma City. They did run into a 3 game skid as of late, but got back into the win column with a 108-102 win over Philadelphia without the services of Joe Johnson, Andrei Kirilenko, and Andray Blatche. The Nets are 21st in the league in scoring, averaging 97.5 ppg, while shooting 45% from the field. On the glass they are one of the worst teams in the league in that category, averaging only 38.8 per game with a -3.5 differential on the season. They are allowing 100.3 ppg, while limiting opponents to 45.5% shooting from the field.

These two teams met on December 31st, with San Antonio winning getting a 113-92 win at home. The Spurs outrebounded the Nets 47-34 in that contest. Brooklyn being outrebounded has been a disturbing trend this season, even though they’ve started their winning ways in 2014. I’m actually laying the points with the Nets tonight. Getting 5 points with San Antonio seems a little too good to be true and in my opinion, it is. Brooklyn will be very focused for this contest; they’re on national TV, well rested, and playing with some revenge on their minds. This road trip will really test the Spurs, as their roster is depleted. They will be playing their 3rd game in 4 nights, and it would not shock me to see Greg Popovich start limiting Tim Duncan’s minutes. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but it’s a possibility. I think the Nets make a statement tonight and I’ll lay the 5 points, as Brooklyn is capable of winning by 10 if they come out with the intensity I think they’ll have tonight.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Brooklyn Nets Free NBA Pick: Brooklyn -5, Over 195.5

San Antonio Spurs vs. Brooklyn Nets Game Prediction: Brooklyn 103 San Antonio 96



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