Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs - 12/4/13
San Antonio Spurs (15-3) at Minnesota Timberwolves (9-10)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm (Mexico City Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +2 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs look for yet another win when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.
Despite Tim Duncan having one of his worst seasons ever, the Spurs have been able to push aside opponents on a nightly basis to get to an impressive 15-3 on the season. However, the Spurs needed Duncan to be his old self and he turned back the clock with a massive performance of 23 points and 21 rebounds, including the game-winning jumper with 0.4 seconds left in the game to deliver the team a 102-100 win over the Hawks on Monday. Tony Parker added 15 points and seven assists while Boris Diaw added 16 points to round out the scoring.
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Meanwhile, the Timberwolves have lost six of their last eight and are coming off a 113-103 against the Thunder. Kevin Martin led the team with 24 points while Nikola Pekovic added 22 points, but Kevin Love was kept quiet for the entire game, scoring just 16 points on four of 14 shooting. As a team, the Wolves shot just 41.6 percent from the field but it was on the defensive end where the Wolves really fell short as they just had no answer for Kevin Durant who amassed his fourth career triple-double, while allowing the Thunder to shoot 56.3 percent from the field.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Wolves are 16-6-1 ATS in their last 23 games following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
The Wolves started the season with so much promise, but a letdown in defense has led to their recent struggles which will have to change quickly if they want to beat one of the most efficient offensive teams in the league. Minnesota played three solid quarters against the Thunder but lost it in the fourth and unless they can play a full 48 minutes, the Spurs will roll their way to another victory tonight. I'm taking the visitors to win and cover here for sure.