The 5th and 8th best teams of the Western Conference are clashing today in this high caliber duel, when the San Antonio Spurs (39-30), who want to continue on the winning ways in order to avoid being dropped off the top-8 again, are hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (40-29), who want to secure a better playoff placement as well.
Date/Time: 03-17-2018, 19:30 EDT
Spread: San Antonio Spurs -4
San Antonio are 39-30 (35-32-2 against the spread) so far in the league and are tied with the Jazz in the 7th place of the West. They have two consecutive wins and in their latest matchup they were victorious at home against New Orleans with a 98-93 score. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the team in scoring with 22.2 ppg, adding a team-best 8.3 boards per game, while Kawhi Leonard is out with an injury. Rudy Gay follows with 11.1 ppg and 5.1 boards, while Pau Gasol adds 10.5 ppg and 8.2 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersMinnesota are 40-29 (32-35-2 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting on the 5th place of the West. They have two consecutive wins and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Washington on the road with a 116-111 score. Jimmy Butler leads the team in scoring with 22.2 ppg, adding 5.4 rebounds and 5 dimes but he is out with an injury. Karl-Anthony Towns leads the team in scoring with 20.7 ppg and a team-best 12.2 boards per game, while Andrew Wiggins adds 17.9 ppg.
Each team were victorious at home in their two previous matchups this season (Minnesota by 12 points and San Antonio by 8). San Antonio have a 25-8 home record this season, while Minnesota are 14-21 on the road. Minnesota have a better offense with 109.8 ppg to San Antonio’s 102.2, while San Antonio have the best defense in the league, allowing 99.3 ppg to Minnesota’s 107.2. Minnesota have a better accuracy from the field with 47.96% to San Antonio’s 45.7%, while both teams have the same accuracy from behind the arc (35.56%) and dish almost the same number of assists (22.9 and 22.7). Minnesota grab more rebounds, with 44.3 to San Antonio’s 41.9. San Antonio have been very efficient at home through the whole season and expect them to get away with a much-needed home win by more than 4 points today.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction: San Antonio Spurs -4 (-108)