NBA Western Conference Picks: Minnesota Timberwolves at Sacramento Kings
Betting odds courtesy of Bovada
The Minnesota Timberwolves have the satisfaction of knowing that in the East, it would be in the playoffs. That’s not really much of a consolation at all, though, and the 40-39 Wolves are a legitimately good team that is just going to miss the playoffs due to playing in the NBA’s real conference.
Tonight the Wolves will travel to Sacramento to face the 27-53 Kings in a game NBA oddsmakers are favoring the Timberwolves by two points.
Minnesota has won six of its past 10 games and the Wolves upset the Rockets on Friday night behind 51 points from Corey Brewer. Brewer had six steals and hit 19-of-30 from the floor.
Gorgui Dieng, Dante Cunningham and Ricky Rubio all scored in double figures as well for the Wolves, who played just eight players in the contest. The win improved Minnesota to 24-16 at the Target Center.
Sacramento persists as a team that is good on paper but horrendous on the court. Offensively the Kings have a lot of weapons, but the Kings have allowed 103.4 points per game this season (6th worst in NBA).
Additionally, the Kings don’t move the ball well and mostly score as a result of a lot of isolations. The team ranks last in the NBA in assists per game despite having three 20-plus point per game scorers. Rudy Gay, Isaiah Thomas and DeMarcus Cousins are all excellent offensive talents, but the Kings just don’t blend well.
MIN Trends: 0-6 ATS in last 6 Sunday games; OVER 5-1 in last 6 when opponent scores 100 or more in previous game; OVER 5-1 in last 6 road games.
SAC Trends: UNDER 5-0-1 in last 6 games when starting 5 combines for over 160 minutes on previous day; 4-0 ATS in last 4 on 0 days rest; UNDER 4-0 in last 4 following ATS loss.
Head-to-head: UNDER 5-1 in last 6 meetings.