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Brooklyn Nets vs Golden State Warriors Prediction & Preview

#573 Golden State Warriors
#574 Brooklyn Nets
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:35pm
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It has been a difficult season for the Warriors that has seen them fall well below the .500 mark. The Warriors are coming off a road win over the Washington Wizards.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets have remained in the thick of the playoffs race in the Eastern Conference throughout much of the year. The Nets are heading into the contest after a double-digit win over the Phoenix Suns.

Warriors limping through season

The Warriors entered the season with much expectation for them to drop off from their high level of play that they have had over the last five years that saw them earn an NBA Finals appearance in each campaign. The team went a large roster overhaul that was followed by injuries to their core group that has led to them falling to one of the worst records in the NBA. They have had their struggles along the way due to their inexperienced youthful roster that has players put into significant roles that they can't entirely fulfill. That has seen them fall from being one of the top-scoring teams to being in the lower tier averaging 106.5 points on 43.2 percent shooting from the floor.

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That has seen their core group have major issues in finding their way on the floor as they have leaned on All-Star point guard D'Angelo Russell to lead the charge with their current roster as he's averaging 23.8 points and 6.3 assists per contest in 32 games played. However, Russell has been hampered by injuries this year as he missed their last game due to a quad injury. He's also a major subject of trade rumors ahead of Thursday's deadline. When he has been able to play, he has put up solid production with north of 20 points in four out of his last five games played. The

Nets looking to stay on track at home

It hasn't been the cleanest season for the Nets as they have had their fair share of ups and downs throughout the campaign. Through it all, they have been able to stay in the back end of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. They have had plenty of production from their core group that has withstood the number of injuries that have impacted their ability to move up the standings in the East, which has seen All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving continue to battle through injuries as he's dealing with an extremely scary leg injury that looked like he had suffered a torn ACL or much worse but he escaped with medial ligament sprain in his right knee.
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Irving will be out of the lineup for Wednesday's game and is expected to be examined once again in a week. His absence is a significant blow to their offensive production, but puts forth an opportunity for veteran point guard Spencer Dinwiddie to step up in a significant offensive role like he has throughout the season. When Irving has been out of the lineup, Dinwiddie has excelled as their primary scorer as he's averaging career highs with 21.3 points and 6.4 assists per contest. He has posted north of 20 points in four out of the last five games, which should see him put up a similarly productive performance to guide the Nets to a win on their home floor.

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