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San Antonio Spurs vs. Brooklyn Nets: Prediction and Keys

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Oct 30, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20) drives to the basket as Brooklyn Nets small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) defends during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20) drives to the basket as Brooklyn Nets small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) defends during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Antonio Spurs (32-6) hit the road to take on the Brooklyn Nets (10-27) for a Monday night matchup at the Barclays Center. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30pm ET and will be televised on FSSW.

On Oct. 30, the Spurs beat the Nets 102-75. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Brook Lopez finished with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting in the loss.

The Spurs are coming off a 100-99 victory against the New York Knicks on Friday night. Leonard led the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Brooklyn is coming off a 103-89 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. Lopez led the Nets with 19 points and seven rebounds.

San Antonio is looking to extend their seven-game winning streak. The Spurs are 10-6 on the road this season.

What are the keys to a San Antonio Spurs victory against Brooklyn?

-Contain Lopez

With Jarrett Jack out the Nets don’t have many sources on offense. The one player on Brooklyn that is capable of dominating the game is Lopez. Lopez is averaging 19.8 points and 8.6 rebounds this season.

-Bench Play

The Brooklyn Nets don’t have a strong bench but with players getting bigger opportunities that they wouldn’t imagine anything is possible. Bojan Bogdanovic was moved to the bench in Saturday’s loss. Bogdanovic and Wayne Ellington can shoot the ball well. Donald Sloan and Thomas Robinson are players capable of producing if given extended minutes.

LaMarcus Aldridge vs. Thaddeus Young

Thaddeus Young is without question the Nets second best player. The 27-year-old is averaging 15.6 points and 9.2 rebounds this season. At 6’8 with a bounce on his step, Young isn’t your prototypical big. He is a true small forward that uses his athleticism to his advantage. It would be a good idea for the Spurs to use LaMarcus Aldridge in a lot of post situations as he’s too big for Young.

Prediction:

147. . 107. 29. 93

The Spurs have too much talent and are too consistent team for a let-down game here. New York gave San Antonio a scare on Friday night it won’t happen again here. San Antonio wins in a blowout.

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