Minnesota Timberwolves (13-39) at Boston Celtics (26-26)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -8.5 -- Over/Under: 228.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics meet Friday in NBA action at the TD Garden.
The Minnesota Timberwolves need a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 109.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 117.2 points on 48.1 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 24.8 points and 4.4 assists while Malik Beasley is averaging 19.6 points and 2.4 assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Anthony Edwards is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 38.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.
The Boston Celtics look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 111.9 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 110.3 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 25.1 points and seven rebounds while Jaylen Brown is averaging 24.3 points and 3.5 assists. Kemba Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Smart is grabbing three 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 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game.
The Timberwolves are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games. The over is 8-3 in Timberwolves last 11 road games. The under is 7-0 in Celtics last 7 overall. The Timberwolves are 0-7 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Boston and 0-7 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to lose and fail to cover numbers, and they lose on the road by an average of 7.9 points. The Boston Celtics are still a hit or miss team, but they're winning their last five games by an average of 6.6 points and are 14-12 against the spread at home. This is a lot of chalk to eat with a Celtics club that's not all that great, but it beats backing the Timberwolves. It's the Celtics and the chalk or pass for me.