NBA Predictions: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs
Sunday, 1/12/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  San Antonio -6
Current Betting Line:  San Antonio -6
Opening Total:  211.5
Current Total:  211.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

San Antonio Spurs PG Tony Parker is averaging 23.8 points in his last four games in this series
San Antonio Spurs PG Tony Parker is averaging 23.8 points in his last four games in this series

Minnesota has alternated wins and losses over its last seven games, as it comes off a 119-92 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats as 10-point home favorites last Friday, while going OVER the betting total of 206.  The Timberwolves shot 54.5 percent from the floor last time out, which was the team’s third-highest mark of the 2013-14 campaign—something to consider when making your NBA predictions.  It’s important to point out that the franchise is 0-10 SU in games decided by four points or fewer.  Minnesota is 1-8 SU and 5-4 ATS as underdogs this season, with the OVER going 6-3 in that situation.

The Timberwolves are 7-11 SU on the road this season, including a 3-7 mark versus Western Conference opponents, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines.  Minnesota is 27-72 SU all-time against San Antonio, including a dismal 9-41 mark when playing on the road in the rivalry.  The squad is 18-11 SU when scoring 100 or more points, while it has dropped all seven affairs when failing to reach the century mark.

San Antonio has won three consecutive games due to the offense scoring 110 or more points in each of those contests, including a 22-point victory over the Dallas Mavericks last Wednesday.  The Spurs were led by point guard Tony Parker offensively, who scored 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting, while they shot a combined 52.6 percent from the field.  Parker is averaging 23.8 points in his last four games against the Timberwolves.  San Antonio is 9-3 SU and 5-6-1 ATS when the betting total is 210 or higher the last two-plus seasons.

The Spurs are 14-5 SU at the AT&T Center this season, including an 8-3 mark versus conference foes.  San Antonio is one of the better teams in the league due to its depth, with the bench averaging 46.0 points, 16.3 rebounds and 11.7 assists per game.  The second unit may be without the services of sixth man Manu Ginobili, who is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury.

Sports bettors will likely back the Timberwolves due to their 9-3 ATS mark in their last 12 road games versus a team with a home winning percentage of .600 or higher.

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