San Antonio Spurs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/13/13
Minnesota Timberwolves (11-11) at San Antonio Spurs (17-4)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -9 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs return home to face Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Head to head, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Spurs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Northwest. The Timberwolves on the other hand are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
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You can’t fault the San Antonio Spurs on a lot of things, but their play at home recently hasn’t been up the standard we all expect. The Spurs come into tonight’s game having lost two of their last three home games and they are lucky not to have lost all three as they need a game winner from Tim Duncan to get over the Atlanta Hawks 102-100 at the start of the month. To be fair, their other two losses came against the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers, two of the premier teams in the NBA.
The Minnesota Timberwolves form over the past couple of weeks leaves a lot to be desired, but their schedule has been as tough as you can get as they have faced these teams in order starting from the 20th of November: Los Angeles (Clippers), Brooklyn, Houston, Indiana, Denver, Dallas, Oklahoma City and Miami. Thankfully enough, they have faced a pair of sub .500 teams in their last two outings which resulted in wins over Detroit and Philly, although they trailed the 76ers by 19 points at quarter time on Wednesday before rallying for a 106-99 victory.
Of that list of teams I just rattled off, the Timberwolves played four of those squads on the road and lost by double-digits against three of them, so that has me slightly worried. On the other side of the spectrum, the Spurs haven’t been great at home lately and if they aren’t switched on tonight, Minnesota has the firepower to cause an upset. Wouldn’t touch this game personally, but taking my chances with Kevin Love and company in this one....
Dan’s Pick: Minnesota +9