In this high caliber Western duel, the second and the sixth best teams of the conference are clashing, when the Minnesota Timberwolves (38-29), are hosting the defending champions Golden State Warriors (51-15), with both teams playing without their All-Star leading scorers and looking to bounce back after their latest defeats. Golden State Warriors vs Minnesota Timberwolves Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-11-2018, 14:30 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves +5
Timberwolves have a 38-29 record (30-35-2 against the spread) so far this season. Minnesota is in 6th place of the Western Conference postseason standings. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Celtics with a 109-117 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Jimmy Butler with 22.2 ppg. Butler adds 5.4 rpg and 5 assists but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Karl-Anthony Towns with 20.3 ppg and a team high 12.2 rebounds per game, while Andrew Wiggins adds 17.9 ppg.
Warriors have a 51-15 record (28-37-1 against the spread) so far this season. Golden State currently reside in the second slot of the Westernj Conference standings. In their last game they saw a seven-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Blazers with a 108-125 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kevin Durant with 26.4 ppg. The All Star adds 6.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. He is followed by Stephen Curry with 26.3 ppg, adding 5.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game but he is out with an injury. Klay Thompson adds 19.7 ppg.
Warriors have won both previous meetings against the Timberwolves earlier this season, both at home and by an average of 18.5 points. Wolves are 25-8 at home so far this season. While the Warriors are 25-8 on the road. Warriors lead the league offensively, scoring 115.8 ppg to Wolves’ 109.7, while Wolves are better defensively, allowing 107.2 ppg to Warriors’ 107.7. The Warriors also lead the league in field goal percentage, shooting with 51.08% to Wolves’ 47.91%, in 3-point percentage, shooting with 39.64% to Wolves’ 35.67% and in assists made, with 30.3 to Wolves’ 22.6. Warriors are also better in rebounding, grabbing 43.8 to Wolves’ 41.9. Vegas odds give the Warriors a -5 spread for the road win but it will be extremely difficult to beat those odds without Curry, so pick the Timberwolves in this one.
Golden State Warriors vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves +5 (-108)
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