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San Antonio Spurs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/21/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Timberwolves (14-17) at San Antonio Spurs (17-15)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -4 -- Over/Under: 220.5
TV Channel
FSN, CW35
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NBA | Minnesota Timberwolves (14-17) at San Antonio Spurs (17-15)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs meet Friday in NBA action at the AT&T Center.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a feel good win after losing five of their last six games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 111.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 111.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.3 points and 4.3 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21.3 points and 11.8 rebounds. Derrick Rose is the third double-digit scorer and Andrew Wiggins is grabbing four rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost their last four road games.

The San Antonio Spurs look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 111.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 47 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.3 points and 6.2 assists while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 18.9 points and 9.4 rebounds. Rudy Gay is the third double-digit scorer and Bryn Forbes is dishing 2.2 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have won six of their last seven home games.

The Timberwolves are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest, 12-27 ATS in their last 39 road games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Friday games. The Spurs are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 home games, 22-8 ATS in their last 30 Friday games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Timberwolves are 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Spurs last 6 overall. The under is 16-7 in Timberwolves last 23 overall.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are back to not playing a lick of defense, as they're allowing 119.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting from the field in their last five games, which is why the losses have piled up. The San Antonio Spurs are playing their best ball of the season, which includes 54.6 percent shooting in their last five games while outscoring teams by 24.8 points. The Spurs have also won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Timberwolves and have covered five of the last 16 meetings. It's hard not to eat the reasonable chalk with the hot Spurs at home.

Pick:
San Antonio Spurs -4

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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