Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Golden State Warriors - 11/6/13
Golden State Warriors (3-1) at Minnesota Timberwolves (3-1)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -1 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves return home to face Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
Head to head, the Warriors are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Minnesota. The Timberwolves are 12-3-1 ATS in their 16 games following a S.U. loss, 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Warriors on the other hand are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 13-4-1 ATS in their last 18 vs. Western Conference and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
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Despite a late rally, the Minnesota Timberwolves suffered their first loss of the season on Monday night in Cleveland, narrowly falling to the Cavaliers 93-92. Minnesota, who had won their opening three games of the season, looked sluggish against the Cavaliers just one night after defeating the New York Knicks 109-100, as they trailed by 17 points at half-time. The Timberwolves would then make their run in the final quarter, outscoring the home team 31-19, but it wasn’t enough to get them across the line. With Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio finally healthy, plus the addition of Kevin Martin this offseason, Minnesota threatens to be one of the premier offensive teams going forward and they already rank in the top five in points per game (105) in the early going.
Speaking of premier offensive teams, look no further than the Golden State Warriors, who have been torching the nets on their way to a 3-1 record. The Warriors have picked up right where they left off last season and are averaging 112 points through their first four games, which is surprisingly still behind two other teams in the league (Clippers and Mavericks.) Truth be told, Golden State could be number one as they have put their foot off the gas in blowout wins against Sacramento and Philadelphia, virtually not needing to score at all in the fourth quarters.
It’s only a small sample size, but I think the Timberwolves are every bit as good as the Warriors this season. Minnesota has been so banged up over the last couple of years that you forget how good players like Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio are. And let’s not forget about Kevin Martin, who just looks like be belongs on this Timberwolves squad playing under Rick Adelman again. I still don’t really trust Golden State on the road and Minnesota hasn’t done anything this season to suggest they can’t take care of the Warriors tonight. This should be the game of the night and I think Kevin Love and company take this one in a nail-bitter.
Dan’s Pick: Minnesota -1