NBA Betting Picks: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs
Friday, 12/13/13, 8:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: San Antonio -9.5
Current Betting Line: San Antonio -9
Opening Total: 208.5
Current Total: 208.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Minnesota has won back-to-back games, including a 106-99 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers as 12.5-point home favorites Wednesday night, while going UNDER the betting total of 210.5. The Timberwolves are 4-7 SU on the road, including a 2-4 mark versus Western Conference opponents, which is important to consider when making your NBA betting picks Friday. The franchise has won four of its last seven games against San Antonio—far different than its 16-game losing streak before that recent success. Minnesota is 1-5 SU and 3-3 ATS as road underdogs of 9.5 to 12 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Timberwolves are 11-6 SU when scoring 100 or more points, but have dropped all five games when being held under the century mark, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro basketball odds page. Minnesota continues to be led on both ends of the floor by forward Kevin Love, who is averaging 23.9 points and 13.8 rebounds per game. It’s important to point out that the squad is shooting just 40.4 percent over its lst 10 games.
San Antonio returns home after winning both games of a road trip, including a 109-77 blowout victory over the Milwaukee Bucks as 11-point favorites Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in six contests. The Spurs have three players averaging in double figures offensively, with point guard Tony Parker leading the way in scoring 17.6 points a contest. Parker averaged 22.0 points and 7.3 assists in three games against Minnesota a season ago. San Antonio is 17-4 SU and 10-10-1 ATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points since the 2011-12 campaign.
The Spurs are 8-2 SU at the AT&T Center this season, while they’ve won 40 of 49 games against the Timberwolves at this venue. San Antonio is one of five teams to be ranked in the top-10 in both points allowed and opponent field goal percentage, which has led to only five opponents scoring 100 or more points. The team’s bench is second in the NBA in averaging 45.6 points per game.
Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 19-7-1 in the Timberwolves’ last 27 games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600.
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