Minnesota Timberwolves (16-16) vs. Boston Celtics (22-10)
December 23, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Boston Celtics -9; Over/Under: +232
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics meet Friday in NBA action at the TD Garden. The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last 8 games. The Boston Celtics have lost 5 of their last 6 games.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 114.2 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 115.9 points on 46 percent shooting. Anthony Edwards is averaging 22.4 points and 5.8 rebounds, while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.8 points and 5.3 assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 12.2 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game.
The Boston Celtics are averaging 119.1 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 112.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 30.2 points and 8.2 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown is averaging 26.5 points and 3.6 assists. Malcolm Brogdon is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Smart is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 82.9 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game.
The Timberwolves are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Timberwolves last 5 overall. The under is 7-2 in Celtics last 9 overall. The Timberwolves are 1-9-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Boston and 3-12-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
We know the Boston Celtics have the ability to blow the doors off here, but they also have a lot of ugly losses recently and the offense has taken a massive step back. The Minnesota Timberwolves aren’t world beaters and the injuries don’t help them here, but we’re getting a lot of points with them, and they lose by an average of just 4.6 points as underdogs. Give me the points.