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Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 1/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Timberwolves (24-15) at Boston Celtics (31-10)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics -5.5 -- Over/Under: 206 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN, FSN, CSNN

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics meet Friday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.4 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.8 points and 4.9 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.1 points and 11.5 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.3 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won five of their last seven road games.

Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 1/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Celtics look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.4 points and 4.9 assists while Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won nine of their last 12 home games.

The Timberwolves are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 7-21-1 ATS in their last 29 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Celtics are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Timberwolves are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Boston, 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are finally looking like the team many have been waiting to see for years, but I still have my concerns, as it takes me a little longer than most to jump on badnwagons. The Timberwolves are still outscoring teams by just 1.4 points on the road, while the Boston Celtics are outscoring teams by 6.4 points at home. The Boston Celtics to me are the best team in the East, and they've been highly consistent and are 14-8 ATS this season when favored by six or less points. I'm backing the Celtics here and the reasonable chalk.

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