Two Western Conference teams playing without their star players and leading scorers are clashing today, when the defending champions Golden State Warriors (51-15), who saw a big winning streak end and are looking to bounce back, are visiting the Minnesota Timberwolves (38-29), who want to end a losing streak of their own.
Date/Time: 03-11-2018, 14:30 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves +5
Minnesota are 38-29 (30-35-2 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting on the 6th place of the West. They have lost their last three games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Boston at home with a 109-117 score. Jimmy Butler leads the team in scoring with 22.2 ppg, adding 5.4 boards and 5 dimes but he is out with an injury. Karl-Anthony Towns follows with 20.3 ppg and a team-best 12.2 boards per game, while Andrew Wiggins adds 17.9 ppg.
Top Basketball BookmakersGolden State are 51-15 (28-37-1 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting in the second place of the West. In their last game they saw a 7-game winning streak end with a road loss by Portland with a 108-125 score. Kevin Durant leads the team in scoring with 26.4 ppg, adding 6.7 boards and 5.4 dimes per game. Stephen Curry follows with 26.3 ppg, adding 5.1 boards and 6.2 dimes per game but he won’t be playing today. Klay Thompson adds 19.7 ppg.
Golden State have won both previous matchups against Minnesota this season, both at home and by an average of 18.5 points. Minnesota have a 25-8 home record this season, while Golden State are 25-8 on the road. Golden State have the best offense in the league with 115.8 ppg to Minnesota’s 109.7, while Minnesota have a better defense, allowing 107.2 ppg to Golden State’s 107.7. Golden State also lead the league in accuracy from the field with 51.08% to Minnesota’s 47.91%, in accuracy from behind the arc with 39.64% to Minnesota’s 35.67% and in assists made, with 30.3 to Minnesota’s 22.6. Golden State also grab more rebounds, with 43.8 to Minnesota’s 41.9. Warriors without Steph Curry don’t pose a serious threat in Minnesota and surely expect a closer game than 5 points today, so pick Minnesota in this one.
Golden State Warriors vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves +5 (-108)