San Antonio Spurs vs Minnesota Timberwolves betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s NBA game. San Antonio looks to end a 3-game losing streak as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
San Antonio Spurs
Making the postseason seems like a far fetched dream at this point for the San Antonio Spurs. They’ve lost 3 straight games and 4 of their last 5 coming into tonight. They didn’t have the best of times going to Staples Center as both the Lakers and Clippers beat them without much trouble. They’re coming off a 14-point loss to the Clippers in a game in which they scored just 92 points and 39 in the 2nd half. As a team they committed 5 turnovers less than the Clippers, but they still couldn’t take advantage of that. In their last 13 games they have just 3 wins and bettors have been avoiding them as they’ve covered the spread just once in their last 5 outings. In head-to-head match-ups with Minnesota they’ve failed to cover the spread in the last 5 games, however they have beaten them 15 times in the last 20 meetings.
The Timberwolves have a ton of issues of their own, despite beating the Sacramento Kings 107-97 in their last game. Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns both had 20+ points and as a team the Timberwolves held the Kings under 100 points, which is the 2nd straight game they were able to do so. There’s still areas they have to work on though, against Sacramento they shot just 27.8% from three-point land, plus they were outrebounded 47-35 on the night. Minnesota has only 2 wins in their lats 10 games and they’ve covered the spread just 3 times in their last 10 outings. They’ve not matched up well against teams from their own conference, against West teams they are just 2-8 SU in the last 10 games.
This game will simply come down to who wants it more. The two teams are equally talented on paper and their record is almost identical coming into this one. San Antonio has the edge in head-to-head meetings, but their away form is a worry. I’m going to give the benefit of the doubt to Minnesota here and back them to cover at home.
Minnesota Timberwolves – San Antonio Spurs Odds
Minnesota Timberwolves – San Antonio Spurs Predictions
Minnesota Timberwolves -2.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
Minnesota plays the 6th fastest pace in the NBA this season averaging 102.7 possessions per game. San Antonio is in the middle of the pack averaging 100.1 per game, however 3 of their last 4 games have been higher scoring than usual. The Over has been the bet in 7 of the last 10 meetings between these two teams, but this season they’ve combined for a 3-14 record on the O/U in Timberwolves home games and Spurs away games. Minnesota’s defense has finally started to click a bit, Phoenix managed only 99 points against them two games ago and the Kings had just 97 last game. Opponents are shooting 44.4% against them this season, which is in the upper tear of the NBA right now. I think if Minnesota wants to get the win here, they will have to do work on the defensive end, so let’s back the under.
Under 222.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365