Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Golden State Warriors - 3/11/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (51-15) at Minnesota Timberwolves (38-29)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +5 -- Over/Under: 222 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves duke it out at the Target Center on Sunday.
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The Golden State Warriors have been in great form as they’ve won 10 of their past 12 games but they will be looking to bounce back after having their seven-game win streak snapped by the Trailblazers in a 125-108 road loss on Friday. Kevin Durant poured in 40 points on 12 of 21 shooting, Klay Thompson added 25 points while Draymond Green scored seven points with 12 rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Warriors shot 48 percent from the field and 12 of 28 from the three-point line but just as it looked like they were in control of the game, the Trailblazers exploded on a decisive 18-7 run late in the fourth quarter to snatch the game from them. With the loss, Golden State fell to 51-15 overall and 25-8 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in a bit of a slump as they’ve lost seven of their past 11 games and they will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss after Thursday’s 117-109 loss to the Celtics. Nemanja Bjelica led the team with 30 points and 12 rebounds, Taj Gibson added 18 points while Karl-Anthony Towns and Jamal Crawford each scored 15 points. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 46 percent from the field and 12 of 31 from the three-point line but they were always playing catch-up after falling behind by 14 points going into halftime. With Jimmy Butler still out, the Timberwolves needed more from Andrew Wiggins who finished with just 13 points on six of 21 shooting. With the loss, Minnesota dropped to 38-29 overall and 25-8 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Warriors are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 0-6 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the Warriors are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Minnesota and 3-8-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall.
Stephen Curry has already been ruled out for his second straight game with a right ankle sprain so Quinn Cook will likely remain in his place. The Warriors have been playing well lately but they’re just not nearly as potent without Curry as they couldn’t beat the Trailblazers despite 40 points from Durant. With that being said, I’m still taking the Warriors over this struggling Timberwolves outfit who have only covered on two of their last 11 games.