Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves
Friday, March 29, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota +9.5 -- Over/Under 230 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves do battle at the Target Center on Friday night.
The Golden State Warriors have been in pretty good shape lately as they’ve won six of their last eight games and they will be gunning for a third straight win after making light work of the Grizzlies in a 118-103 road win on Wednesday. Kevin Durant led the team with an efficient 28 points on 12 of 13 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and five assists, Stephen Curry added 28 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists while DeMarcus Cousins returned to the court to finish with 16 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three blocks. As a team, the Warriors shot 53 percent from the field and 15 of 31 from the 3-point line, but they really couldn’t put the Grizzlies away until the fourth quarter where they held them to just 19 points. With the win, Golden State improved to 51-23 overall and 25-12 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in a real slump as they’ve lost six of their last seven games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Clippers in a 122-111 road loss on Tuesday. Karl-Anthony Towns led the team with 24 points, 13 rebounds and three assists, Andrew Wiggins added 22 points while Dario Saric chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Timberwolves shot just 43 percent from the field and nine of 27 from the 3-point line, but this game was decided before halftime as the Clippers had already put 42 points on them in the first quarter. With the loss, Minnesota fell to 33-41 on the season and 23-12 at home which is only good for 10th in the Western Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following a win. The Timberwolves are 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a loss and 1-6 ATS in their seven games overall.
Head to head, the under is 25-8 in the last 33 meetings, the home team is 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine meetings and the Warriors are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Minnesota.
The Warriors haven’t been at their absolute best as they have another gear to go to, but they’ve been playing well and are even more dangerous with Cousins back in the lineup. The Timberwolves are just about ready to fold it up for the season and if they leak 42 points in the first quarter like they did against the Clippers on Tuesday, this one could get ugly. I have the Warriors coming away with the win and cover in this one as they continue their surge towards the playoffs.