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Spurs Open Season as Small Faves Against New-Look Timberwolves

The San Antonio Spurs will be forced to open their season without star swingman Kawhi Leonard against the Minnesota Timberwolves at home on Wednesday, which means the newly signed Rudy Gay will be given a bigger role in Leonard’s absence.

MyBookie opened the Spurs as 2-point home favorites with a total of 205.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Timberwolves are 0-6 SU in their last six games.
  • The total has gone OVER in eight of the Timberwolves’ last 11 games on the road.
  • The Spurs are 32-9 SU in their last 41 games at home.

On the heels of an NBA-record 20th consecutive winning season, the Spurs are once again primed to contend in the tough Western Conference. The Wolves are on the opposite side of the coin, as the franchise is looking to snap the longest playoff drought in the NBA (13 years). The Timberwolves received a facelift in the offseason with the additions of Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson, who are joining an already talented cast featuring Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge will be playing his first game since signing a three-year, $72.3-million extension with the franchise on Tuesday. The veteran averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in the 2016-17 campaign.

San Antonio has traditionally owned Minnesota, as the Spurs have won 11 straight games vs the young Wolves. The Wolves are 3-8 ATS in that span. While the absence of Leonard is huge, the -2 line in the Spurs’ favor seems a bit questionable considering it’s going to take Minny’s new unit some time to jell.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Minnesota Timberwolves listed as 6.5-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 204.5 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 112-107 win for the Spurs. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The San Antonio Spurs sport a record of 0-0 and 0-0 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Minnesota Timberwolves sit at 0-0 and 0-0 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 58-40 for the San Antonio Spurs and 43-38-1 for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and San Antonio vs Minnesota injuries news.

The Spurs-Timberwolves betting odds would favor the Spurs if the lines were set according to power rankings. San Antonio is rated No. 5 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Minnesota Timberwolves sit at No. 24.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points for Minnesota, but the Rockets managed a 123-118 victory at Toyota Center in the Timberwolves' last outing of the 2016-17 season.

 

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of Minnesota's last 17 games
  • Minnesota is 3-8-1 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • San Antonio is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • San Antonio is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Antonio's last 7 games
  • San Antonio is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota home to Utah, Friday, October 20
San Antonio at Chicago, Saturday, October 21

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