NBA Picks: San Antonio Spurs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

San Antonio Spurs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Wednesday, 12/4/13, 9:30 PM EST, TV:  NBATV
Opening Point Spread:  San Antonio -4
Current Betting Line:  San Antonio -4.5
Opening Total:  205.5
Current Total:  206
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The San Antonio Spurs are off to another great start this season
The San Antonio Spurs are off to another great start this season

San Antonio is 15-3 on the season so far, which included tying the best start in franchise history by winning 13 of its first 14 games, as it prepares to play south of the United States border inside the Mexico City Arena Wednesday night.  The Spurs have alternated wins and losses over their last five games, as they picked up a 102-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks as 12-point home favorites Monday, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.  San Antonio is 20-8 ATS after three or more consecutive OVERs in the last two-plus seasons, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines in this Western Conference matchup.

The Spurs have been getting tremendous production from their bench since the start of the season, with the unit averaging 44.0 points and 16.7 rebounds per game.  San Antonio is putting together an outstanding season despite not having a player ranked in the top-25 in points or rebounding and only having one player averaging 30 minutes or more.  Defensively, the unit is one of only six to be ranked in the top-10 in both points allowed and opponent field goal percentage, which is important to consider when making your pro basketball picks.

Minnesota has dropped four of its last five games, including a 113-103 defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder as 8.5-point road underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive affair.  The Timberwolves have won four of their past seven meetings with the Spurs, while the two teams split four games during the 2012-13 season series.  The formula is pretty simple, with the team posting a 9-6 record when scoring 100-plus points and losing all four affairs when failing to hit the century mark.

The Timberwolves will need a huge performance out of forward Kevin Love, who has averaged 22.0 points and 17.1 rebounds in his last seven games against the Spurs, but he’s shot 34.3 percent from the field in his last four games on the floor.  Minnesota ranks third in the league in averaging 105.9 points per game, with 20.1 of those coming from points off turnovers.

Sports bettors will likely back the Spurs due to their 10-3 ATS record in their last 13 games versus teams with a losing record.

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