San Antonio Spurs (9-10) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (9-11)Date : 11/28/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
San Antonio Spurs vs Minnesota Timberwolves
San Antonio Spurs will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Spurs are back in the win column after a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in their prior outing after picking up a 108 – 107 road win versus the Chicago Bulls. In this contest, the Spurs shot much better from the floor in going 48% for the night while also getting 20 points from LaMarcus Aldridge who went 8-12 from the field for the night. DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring with 21 points, eight rebounds, along with five assists as the Spurs had a set of defensive mishaps throughout the contest despite the win.
On the other hand, the Minnesota Timberwolves won their third straight game as they picked up a 102 – 95 road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to where Robert Covington along with Karl Anthony towns led the team with 24 and 21 points, respectively, in the much-needed win. The Spurs have covered the spread in six of the last seven meetings at Target Center while the under has been to play in four of the last 5 meetings amongst these teams in Minnesota.
San Antonio Spurs's Latest Performance :
The San Antonio Spurs are currently on a four-game road trip to where they have won two of three games during this time. They were victorious in their last outing versus the Chicago Bulls in a game in which the home team had several attempts in which two go up in the final seconds, yet came up empty as Zach LaVine was short on a 3-point attempt while Ryan Arcidiacono missed a jumper as time expired. With the fortunes for the Spurs not being too well lately, a close win may certainly be exactly what they needed at this point in the season.
As stated, San Antonio lost five of six games leading to their current four-game road trip. It is during this time that the Spurs began to pick up some momentum as they will look to extend their winning ways versus the Minnesota Timberwolves before departing for home for a two-game home set. Regardless, the Spurs will continue to ensure that LaMarcus Aldridge is continuously more involved in the offense as this will certainly ensure that they remain a dominant team throughout the season.
Minnesota Timberwolves 's Latest Performance :
After losing two straight outings, the Minnesota Timberwolves have righted the ship in winning their last three outings with their last being a seven point road win over the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers on the strength of their defense. In other words, the Cleveland Cavaliers committed 17 turnovers for the night while only shooting 41% from the field as the Timberwolves were able to shoot 47% from the field. Aside from Covington along with Towns pacing the team on the offensive end, Derrick Rose ended the night with 12 points while Jeff Teague had 13 points along with six assists for Minnesota.
The Timberwolves will certainly look to extend their winning streak versus a San Antonio team that, despite their inconsistencies lately, continues to be a dangerous team with DeRozan and Aldridge on the court. Minnesota will certainly need to become more consistent on the offensive end as they are ranked 28th in the league in shooting percentage with 43% shooting per outing. Of course, with San Antonio suddenly finding their stroke from the perimeter lately, the Timberwolves may need to play much better from an offensive standpoint in a hurry in which to win this match up versus the Spurs.
How San Antonio Spurs & Minnesota Timberwolves Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
San Antonio is 10 – 9 ATS while the OU is 11 – 8
Minnesota is 10 – 10 ATS while the OU is 6 – 14
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will certainly be exciting as you have two teams looking to extend their current winning play as the Spurs will like to end a four-game road trip on a positive note while the Minnesota Timberwolves will simply like to continue their current winning streak, overall. With that being the case, look for each to do what they do best, which is push the basketball in an effort to speed up the space of the game. Of course, the Spurs will want to dump it into their beak man in Aldridge from time to time; However, the pace of this game will certainly be upbeat as it plays into the talent for both squads.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: San Antonio Spurs
My reason for the pick :
While I believe that the Minnesota Timberwolves will certainly be a tough team to out at home on Wednesday night for the Spurs, I happen to believe that the road team will come in with much momentum after an outstanding road trip to where they were winners of two or three games. In fact, their only loss of the road trip came versus the Milwaukee Bucks, as the loss was only by 6 points. In all, expect the Spurs to come out with a grinding win due to their ability to have such a dominant big man in Aldridge as he will take the momentum from his last outing in which two lead the charge in getting a victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will pick the over in this contest as the Spurs will certainly be looking to establish themselves on the offensive end early as the over has been the play in their last five outings, overall. This is essentially means that the Minnesota Timberwolves must be able to score consistently in which to keep up. And since the Spurs defense has not been overly stellar in 2018, I fully expect them to give up scores to a Minnesota team that has possessed a balanced attack on the offense for the bulk of this young season. In all, the over will indeed be the strong play in this matchup as both teams will have solid nights on offense.
Betting trends for San Antonio Spurs:
- Over is 3-0-1 in Spurs last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Spurs are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Over is 4-0-1 in Spurs last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Betting trends for Minnesota Timberwolves :
- Minnesota Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
Under is 6-0 in Timberwolves last 6 games following a straight up win.
Under is 5-0 in Timberwolves last 5 home games.