Minnesota Timberwolves at Brooklyn Nets odds, lines, picks and betting tips

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The Minnesota Timberwolves (0-0) and Brooklyn Nets (0-0) get their 2019-20 NBA seasons underway Wednesday at Barclays Center. Tip-off is scheduled for shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET. In this one, we focus on the Timberwolves-Nets odds and lines, with NBA betting advice and tips around the matchup.

Timberwolves at Nets: By the numbers


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  • Minnesota swept the two games against Brooklyn last year and have won three of the previous four meetings (11-6 since 2011).
  • Both teams topped 100 points in each of last year's two meetings.
  • The Nets went 3-1 in preseason action, while the Timberwolves went 2-3.
  • The Nets outscored their opposition 112.3 to 100 on average. The Timberwolves were outscored by their opponents 116.8 to 115.
  • The Nets shocked many by going 42-40 and making the playoffs as the sixth seed in the East. Things ended quickly in Round 1 but few expected Brooklyn to even win 40 games last year or make the playoffs. Their scoring margin was -0.1 points per game.
  • The Timberwolves went just 36-46 and were outscored 114 to 112.5.
  • The Nets added Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the offseason. Durant is coming off a torn Achilles', but do not rule him out for all of 2019-20 just yet. As for Irving, he signed a four-year max deal with Brooklyn and will start for the Nets despite a preseason facial fracture.
  • The Timberwolves did not make any significant moves in the offseason - just a few minor deals to round out their roster. Expectations are that this is another rebuilding year for Minnesota anyway.
  • The Nets ranked fourth in the NBA with 106.0 possessions per game last season. The Clippers ranked 12th with 104.4 possessions per game.
  • Last year's head-to-head series went 1-1 against the Over/Under.

Timberwolves at Nets: Key injuries

Nets Kevin Durant (OUT) - Achilles'

Timberwolves at Nets: Odds, picks and betting tips

NBA odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full set of today's betting odds. Odds last updated at 8:00 a.m. ET.

Moneyline : Take the NETS at -162 odds with Irving expected to play a full load and that home advantage. Even without Durant, the Nets could still finish in the upper half of the Eastern Conference with ease. A $10 bet pays a profit of $6.17 with a Nets' victory.

Line : Get even more value on the Nets by taking the -125 odds for them to cover a modest spread of -2.5 and win by three or more points. Minnesota won each meeting by ten and seven points. However, that was last season. Brooklyn has improved while Minnesota has not.

Over/Under : Last year's two meetings topped Wednesday's projected total of 228.5 only once. Take the OVER anyway in the series opener with +105 odds.

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