The defending champions Golden State Warriors (47-22), who are coming off yet another defeat and are having the Nuggets breathing down their necks for the first place of the West, are visiting the Minnesota Timberwolves (32-38), who are looking to end their current small losing streak.
Date/Time: 03-19-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves +5.5
Minnesota Timberwolves have a 32-38 record (34-36 against the spread) so far this season are currently sit in the 10th place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Rockets with a 102-117 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Karl-Anthony Towns with 24.6 ppg, adding a team high 12.2 boards per game. He is followed by Derrick Rose with 18 ppg and 4.3 dimes per game.
Golden State Warriors have a 47-22 record (28-40-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the West. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Spurs with a 105-111 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Stephen Curry with 27.9 ppg, adding 5.3 boards and 5.2 dimes per game. He is followed by Kevin Durant with 27.4 ppg, 5.6 dimes and 6.7 boards per game.
Warriors have won both previous meetings against the Wolves this season, both at home and by an average of 12.5 points. Wolves have a 23-10 home record, while the Warriors are 23-11 on the road. Warriors are better both offensively, scoring 117.9 ppg to Wolves’ 112.6 and defensively, allowing 111.8 ppg to Wolves’ 113.5 ppg. They also have better percentages both in field goals (48.8% to 45.6%) and in 3-pointers (37.8% to 34.9%). Warriors are also better both in boards grabbed (46.2 to 45.1) and in dimes made (29.1 to 24.5), while Wolves are only better in turnovers committed (12.6 to 13.7). Warriors are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory.
Golden State Warriors vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Golden State Warriors -5.5 (-108)
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