Spurs vs. Timberwolves Prediction
Will the Minnesota Timberwolves continue to play well at home when they play host to the San Antonio Spurs tonight at 8PM ET?
559 San Antonio Spurs vs. 560 Minnesota Timberwolves
Friday, January 18, 2019
8PM ET – Target Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Timberwolves are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -1.5 points against the Spurs. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 225 points. The public betting for this game currently has 56 percent going on the T’Wolves at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Spurs looking for consistency
The Spurs are coming off a 105-101 win at Dallas on Wednesday, but they are just 2-3 straight up and against the spread in their last five games. San Antonio is 26-20 on the season, 8-14 on the road, 27-18-1 against the spread and 25-20-1 with the over.
San Antonio is middle of the road on offense and defense. The offense averages 111.7 points per game despite having the top 3-point shooting team in the league, hitting 40.3 percent of their attempts. Defensively, the Spurs are giving up 109.3 points per game. DeMar DeRozan is leading the team with 21.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game while LaMarcus Aldridge is adding 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest.
Minnesota tough at home
The Timberwolves are coming off a 149-107 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday, but they have been pretty solid at home this year. Minnesota is 21-23 overall, 15-7 at home, 23-21 against the spread and 23-21 with the over.
Like the Spurs, the T’Wolves are middle of the road on offense and defense. Minnesota is putting up 111.5 points per game on offense while giving up 111.9 per game on defense. The T’Wolves have the league’s worst 3-point defense, as opponents hit 37.4 percent of their attempts. Karl-Anthony Towns is leading the team with 22.2 points and 12.4 rebounds per game while Derrick Rose is adding 18.8 points and 4.8 assists per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Spurs are 12-4 against the spread in their last 16 games playing on 1 day of rest and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a win.
The Timberwolves are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following a loss and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 home games.
Minnesota has been strong at home and I think the T’Wolves will step up tonight. The 3-point defense against the league’s best 3-point shooting team is a concern, but the Spurs haven’t used that to their advantage a lot this year. They aren’t known for being an over-powering offense. The home team has won and covered in six straight in this series and five of the six have been decided by eight points or more. I am going to ride the trends and go with the home team.
NBA Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves -1.5