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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs - 1/18/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Antonio Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves
Date & Time Friday January 18, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Target Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -1 -- Over/Under: 225
TV Channel
ESPN, FSN, CW35
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The San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Friday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The San Antonio Spurs look for another victory after splitting their last six games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 111.7 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 109.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 21.7 points and 6.4 assists while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. Rudy Gay is the third double-digit scorer and Bryn Forbes is dishing 2.2 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have split their last eight road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could also use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 111.5 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 111.9 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 22.2 points and 12.4 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.8 points and 4.8 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last six home games.

The Spurs are 24-8 ATS in their last 32 Friday games, 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest and 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Timberwolves are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 home games, 7-15 ATS in their last 22 vs. NBA Southwest and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 Friday games. The Spurs are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Minnesota and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 14-3 in Timberwolves last 17 overall. The over is 11-4-1 in Spurs last 16 road games.

The San Antonio Spurs have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and they're the better team yet again. The Spurs have had their struggles on the road, but they've won four of their last eight, which is an improvement, and they've been one of the better covering teams over the last few weeks. The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to take plays off on defense and its been no different at home where they're allowing 48.1 percent shooting. I'm just not that high on the Timberwolves and fade them often when playoff caliber teams. The better and hotter team is getting a free point. Give me the San Antonio Spurs.

Pick:
San Antonio Spurs +1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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