Timberwolves vs. Celtics - 2/22/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (32-24) at Minnesota Timberwolves (17-39)
NBA Basketball: Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +4.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, FSN
The Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Monday night at the Target Center.
The Boston Celtics look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 105.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 101.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.6 points and 6.6 assists while Jae Crowder is averaging 14.1 points and 5.1 rebounds. Kelly Olynyk is grabbing 4.3 rebounds and Jared Sullinger is dishing 2.3 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have split their last 10 road games.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves look for consistency after splitting their last six games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 100.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 104.1 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.8 points and 1.8 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 17.1 points and 10.2 rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing 3.1 assists and Ricky Rubio is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost eight of their last 12 home games. Nikola Pekovic is doubtful with a foot injury.
The Celtics are 38-13-1 ATS in their last 52 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Timberwolves are 10-26-1 ATS in their last 37 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. The Celtics are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota.
The Celtics continue to play solid basketball, and that's carried over to the road as of late. The Timberwolves continue to be hit or miss, and actually have a lot more misses overall. I'll side with Boston and the reasonable number.