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Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Timberwolves (10-16) at Boston Celtics (14-13)

NBA Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics -8.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBATV, FSN+, CSNN

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics clash Monday night at the TD Center.

The Minnesota Timberwolves need a victory after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 102.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 21.3 points and 3.8 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 15.4 points and nine rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing 3.5 assists and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 81 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.3 turnovers per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost five of their last seven road games.

Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Celtics need a victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 99.5 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.4 points and 6.6 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Evan Turner is dishing 3.8 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 17 turnovers per game. The Boston Celtics have split their last six home games.

The Timberwolves are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games and 6-16-1 ATS in their last 23 Monday games. The Celtics are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Northwest and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Boston.

The same reason I backed the Timberwolves yesterday is the same reason I'm taking the points here again. Minnesota is a far better team on the road than at home. Boston also plays a lot of close games. Give me the points. 

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Minnesota Timberwolves +8.5

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