Celtics vs. Timberwolves Prediction
The Boston Celtics have underachieved this season, while the Minnesota Timberwolves have had their fair share of issues. Will Boston go on the road tonight and continue its recent upward trend with a victory?
Friday, December 1, 2018
Target Center at 8:05PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Timberwolves are a 2-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 215 points. As of Saturday afternoon, 60 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Boston. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Celtics blow past Cavs
Boston (12-10) rolled to a 128-95 victory at home Friday night over Cleveland. The Cavaliers led 62-56 at halftime before outscoring the Cavaliers 39-20 in the third quarter. Kyrie Irving paced the Celtics with 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. He added four rebounds and four assists. Marcus Morris contributed 15 points and four rebounds. Gordon Hayward tallied 14 points, four rebounds and four assists. Jayson Tatum tallied 13 points and four rebounds. Marcus Smart had 12 points, seven assists, three rebounds and three steals. Arron Baynes contributed 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Terry Rozier recorded 10 points, three rebounds and three assists as a reserve.
Timberwolves win fourth straight
Minnesota continued its recent strong stretch with a 128-89 home win Wednesday night at home over the Spurs. The T-Wolves outscored San Antonio 28-9 in the second quarter after leading by three through one quarter. Robert Covington paced Minnesota (11-11) with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting plus nine boards and two blocks. Karl-Anthony Towns had 16 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals. Derrick Rose tallied 16 points and two assists off the bench. Taj Gibson contributed 13 points and eight caroms. Josh Okogie had 12 points, two rebounds and two dimes as a reserve. Andrew Wiggins added 10 points, three boards and two steals.
NBA Betting Trends
The Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last four games on zero days of rest. Boston is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. The over is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings.
Minnesota has finally found some solid footing despite an awful shooting stretch from Wiggins. With more rest time leading into this game, I like the hosts as a small favorite. Boston should be back to full strength today if Al Horford suits up, but I still don't see it being enough. Expect the Celtics to fatigue in the second half.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES -2