The defending-champion Golden State Warriors host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night in a potential NBA Finals preview.
The pregame narrative: Andrew Wiggins appears to be back to his usual workload, and that’s a good sign for his points prop. We also like Stephen Curry to score above his line, and we’re fading Kyrie Irving from deep.
Here are our Nets vs. Warriors prop picks for January 22.
Odds as of 11:52 a.m. on 01/22/2023.
Nets vs. Warriors prop picks
Best Bet : Wiggins over 15.5 points (-118)
After excelling throughout the Warriors’ title run last summer, Wiggins picked up where he’d left off in the early stages of this season. Then a groin injury (followed by an illness) forced him out for more than a month.
Before hitting the injury report, Wiggins had averaged 19.1 points per game through his first 22 matchups. He hasn’t resumed that kind of scoring volume in six games since his return, but we believe he’s trending up.
Wiggins played fewer than 30 minutes in his first four games post-injury, including a 19-minute workload in his first game back. That’s certainly understandable for someone who missed a significant amount of time.
In the past week, though, Wiggins was back above the 30-minute mark, which is where we expect the starting small forward to be most nights. He’s coming off a 20-point effort in Boston, where he played nearly 40 minutes.
Against another talented East team tonight, we expect Wiggins to see enough action to clear this line.
Key stat: In 20 games this season with 30-plus minutes played, Wiggins has cleared this line 15 times.
Curry over 26.5 points (-113): Curry rested on the final leg of Golden State’s recent five-game road trip, and now we think he’s ready to give the home crowd a show.
The sharpshooting guard averages 29.3 points per game, and he’s gone over this line in 19 of 31 matchups (61.3%) on the season.
Brooklyn allows the 11th-fewest points to opposing point guards, but that’s not daunting enough to keep us away from Curry’s market.
Irving under 3.5 threes (+114): Irving drained a season-high eight 3-pointers last time out, so fading him tonight is certainly not the fun option. But we believe it’s the prudent one.
The point guard has fallen below this line in 20 of 34 games this season (58.8%), including five of his past seven. It’s not easy to find a trend like that to pair with plus-money odds.
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