NBA Preseason/Thursday's Picks
14 October 2021
The Brooklyn Nets will close out their preseason tonight as they host the undefeated Minnesota Timberwolves. Game time is 7:30 pm ET at Barclays Center.
The Nets (2-1) have been playing the preseason without Kyrie Irving, who remains out indefinitely. They have won two of their three contests without him, including victories over the Lakers and Bucks. The Nets suffered their first loss of the preseason the last time out against the Sixers in Philadelphia. Brooklyn shot well from the field (50.6 percent) in the 115-104 loss, but turned the ball over 27 times compared to Philadelphia’s 17.
Ball security has not been a problem for Minnesota (3-0), which remains perfect on the preseason following wins over the Pelicans, Nuggets and Clippers. The Twolves recent win over LA, 128-100, was their most dominant performance to date following the two previous wins by a combined 5 points. D’Angelo Russell led the way with 19 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards had 17 apiece.
Dunkel has the Nets scratching out a win, but failing to cover the Vegas line of -8. The offenses should be on full display and push to final score over the Vegas total of 224 ½.
Dunkel’s Pick: Minnesota (+8); Over.
Below are all of Dunkel’s picks for today’s NBA preseason schedule:
Miami at Atlanta
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Miami 110.081; Atlanta 124.036
Dunkel Line & Total: Atlanta by 14; 219
Vegas Line & Total: Atlanta by 11; 215 ½
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-11); Over
Minnesota at Brooklyn
Time: 7:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 121.128; Brooklyn 121.682
Dunkel Line & Total: Brooklyn by ½; 231
Vegas Line & Total: Brooklyn by 8; 224 ½
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+8); Over
Denver at Oklahoma City
Time: 8:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Denver 118.791; Oklahoma City 118.539
Dunkel Line & Total: Denver by ½; 214
Vegas Line & Total: Denver by 4 ½; 219 ½
Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma City (+4 ½); Under
LA Lakers at Sacramento
Time: 10:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: LA Lakers 118.956; Sacramento 111.318
Dunkel Line & Total: LA Lakers by 7 ½; 216
Vegas Line & Total: LA Lakers by 4 ½; 220 ½
Dunkel Pick: LA Lakers (-4 ½); Under