Denver Nuggets vs Brooklyn Nets Predictions, Betting Odds, Picks

  • The Denver Nuggets have fallen to sixth in the Western Conference, just 1.5 games out from the Play-In position.
  • There is just one game separating the top seed in the East from fourth, the Nets sit third in the table.
  • The Nets swept their season series with the Nuggets last season.

Denver Nuggets vs Brooklyn Nets Odds

Brooklyn Nets vs Denver Nuggets Wednesday January 26, 2021; 8:00 PM ET
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Head-to-Head: Denver Nuggets vs Brooklyn Nets

Denver Nuggets Head-to-Head Brooklyn Nets
Michael Malone Head Coach Steve Nash
24-21 (6th in West) Standing 29-17 (3rd in East)
W-W-L-W Form L-L-W-W
111.1 (12th of 30) Off Rtg 112.5 (5th of 30)
110.0 (15th of 30) Def Rtg 110.1 (17th of 30)
96.7 (23rd of 30) Pace 99.3 (10th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

N. Jokic (26.1) PPG K. Durant (29.3)
N. Jokic (13.8) RPG J. Harden (8.0)
N. Jokic (7.6) APG J. Harden (10.1)
N. Jokic (1.4) SPG J. Harden (1.3)
N. Jokic (0.8) BPG N. Claxton (1.2)
N. Jokic (.573)/N. Jokic (10.2) FG%/FGM N. Claxton (.656)/K. Durant (10.5)
Z.. Nnaji (.491)/W. Barton (2.4) 3P%/3PM D. Bembry (.429)/P. Mills (3.2)

Injury Report

Player Team Date Status Info
Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets 22 Jul 2021 Out (Knee) Murray is recovering from a torn ACL and there is no timetable for his return.
Michael Porter Jr. Denver Nuggets 29 Nov 2021 Out (Back) Porter Jr. is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing back surgery.
Vlatko Cancar Denver Nuggets 7 Jan 2022 Out (Foot) Cancar has undergone surgery on his foot and will be re-evaluated in 12 weeks.
JaMychal Green Denver Nuggets 24 Jan 2022 Day to Day (Health & Safety) Green has been placed under league health and safety protocols.
Jeff Green Denver Nuggets 24 Jan 2022 Day to Day (Quad) Green did not play in Denver’s Sunday (Jan 23) game.
Markus Howard Denver Nuggets 24 Jan 2022 Day to Day (Illness) Howard did not play in Denver’s Sunday (Jan 23) game.
Joe Harris Brooklyn Nets 29 Nov 2022 Out (Ankle) Harris underwent ankle surgery and will be out indefinitely.
Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets 16 Jan 2022 Out (Knee) Durant suffered a sprained MCL and will return after future re-evaluations.
Nic Claxton Brooklyn Nets 24 Jan 2022 Day to Day (Hamstring) Claxton was OUT for Brooklyn’s Sunday (Jan 23) game.
Paul Millsap Brooklyn Nets 24 Jan 2022 Out (Personal) Millsap was listed as OUT for Brooklyn’s Tuesday (Jan 25) game.

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How Can the Nuggets beat the Nets?

The Denver Nuggets face a Nets team that will be missing a few crucial players. If they hope to beat the Nets, Denver must contain protect the paint.

The Brooklyn Nets rank second in the league in field goal percentage at 47.4% per game, and seventh overall in assists at 25.6 per game. Containing the Nets will be a matter of stifling player movement and forcing one-on-one play.

Unfortunately, the Nuggets aren’t the best at limiting shots in the paint – ranking 29th overall in two-point field goal percentage allowed. If they can’t find a balance between protecting the arc and at the rim, they’ll come out on the losing end.

Nuggets Key Player: (C) Nikola Jokic

The Denver Nuggets are coming off of a hard-fought win over the Detroit Pistons. Jokic was dominant against a team without consequential big men, but he may have a tougher time against the Nets.

Jokic posted 28 points, 21 rebounds, and 9 assists in 34 minutes of play in his last game. While he is always an offensive threat, it is his rebounding that made the difference for the Nuggets.

It’s unlikely he’ll be as effective on the glass against the Brooklyn Nets’ energetic front court, but his last game will encourage his play. If Jokic can dominate the paint, the Nuggets’ opportunities expand tremendously.

How Can the Nets Beat the Nuggets?

The Brooklyn Nets must be wary when they face off against the Denver Nuggets. While the Western Conference competitors are hovering around the .500 mark, they are much more dangerous than their record suggests.

The Denver Nuggets are first and foremost, a passing team. It makes sense considering their star Nikola Jokic is one of the league’s best playmakers, despite being a center. The Nuggets average 3.6 assists less in losses than in wins, while also shooting 43.9% in losses and 49.3% in wins.

The Nuggets will give the Nets a taste of their own medicine in this matchup. Brooklyn will need to be aggressive in closing out on shooters and recovering if they want to beat the Nuggets.

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Nets Key Player: (F-C) LaMarcus Aldridge

Coming off of a loss in their last game, the Brooklyn Nets could not compete in the paint. When they face the Nuggets, the Nets will look to veteran LaMarcus Aldridge to lead them Nikola Jokic and Denver’s paint threat.

A solid defender, Aldridge’s offensive ability will be the real threat to the Nuggets. In Aldridge’s last game, a loss to the Lakers, the veteran big man posted just 9 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes of play.

In order to open up their offence, Aldridge must establish himself in the paint. Luckily for the Nets, he remains a very talented post-scorer.

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How to Watch Denver Nuggets vs Brooklyn Nets

Denver Nuggets vs Brooklyn Nets Information
Teams Denver Nuggets vs. Brooklyn Nets
Location Barclays Center, Brooklyn New York
Time 8:00 PM EST, January 26th, 2022
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