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Brooklyn Nets at Minnesota Timberwolves odds, picks and predictions

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The Brooklyn Nets (37-29) are slated to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (34-33) Friday at Target Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Nets vs. Timberwolves odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.

The Nets covered as 9.5-point road underdogs in their 118-113 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday. Brooklyn is only 1 game behind the New York Knicks for the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Timberwolves were blown out 117-94 by the Philadelphia 76ers  Tuesday and were unable to cover as 3.5-point home favorites. Minnesota is tied with the Golden State Warriors, who are the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.

The Nets and the Timberwolves will meet for the first time this season Friday. The home team has won 4 of the last 5 meetings, and the Under hit in 3 of those 5 meetings.

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Nets at Timberwolves odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 11:20 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline (ML): Nets +160 (bet $100 to win $160) | Timberwolves -190 (bet $190 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Nets +4.5 (-110) | Timberwolves -4.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 227.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)

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Nets at Timberwolves key injuries

Nets

Timberwolves

  • G Jaylen Nowell (knee) out
  • F Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) out

For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.

Nets at Timberwolves picks and predictions

Prediction

Timberwolves 115, Nets 108

Moneyline

PASS.

Taking the Timberwolves straight up at -190 isn’t advised as the profit would be about half of what you wager if they secure the win.

Against the spread

LEAN TIMBERWOLVES -4.5 (-110).

G Spencer Dinwiddie, F Cameron Johnson and C Nicolas Claxton all missed Thursday’s game for the Nets, and it remains to be seen if they return  Friday. Brooklyn is also 9-27 ATS against Minnesota in the last 36 meetings.

Over/Under

UNDER 227.5 (-112) is how I’d play the total despite it being a pace-up game for the Nets. Both teams are also in the top half of the league in defensive rating this season.

The Nets are 7-0 to the Under in their last 7 games following an ATS win and 4-0 to the Under in their last 4 games overall. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are 6-1 to the Under in their last 7 games overall.

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