Timberwolves open as NBA underdog vs Celtics
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Boston Celtics Odds
The visiting Timberwolves hope to send their backers to the pay window on Wednesday as they look to cover the spread at TD Garden against the Celtics.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Celtics currently sports a record of 9-8, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-8-3 ATS. The Timberwolves are 8-8 and 10-6 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Celtics post a 9-7-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Timberwolves have gone 8-8 against the number.
Bettors looking to side with the Celtics in this one found them as 6.5-point favorites earlier at , while the total had been sitting in the area of 190 at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Celtics - Timberwolves odds would favor the Timberwolves if the lines were set according to power ranks. Boston is rated No. 22 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Timberwolves sit at No. 14. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 96-95 win for the Timberwolves.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Boston's No. 30-rated squad against Minnesota's No. 4-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Boston rates No. 29 in the league with 5.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 24 with 5.9 per outing.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Timberwolves own the league's No. 6-rated mark, allowing 94.1 points per game when playing on the road. Boston, on the other hand, rates No. 19 in scoring on their home court.
In their last action, Minnesota was a 105-88 winner on the road against the 76ers. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (193) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Alexey Shved scored 17 points leading the Timberwolves to a 105-88 victory over Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.
Boston lost its last outing, a 91-88 result against the Bucks on December 1. The Celtics earned a push in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 179 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Paul Pierce scored 19 points in a failed effort to lead the Celtics to victory (they lost 91-88 to Milwaukee at Bradley Center on Saturday).
Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Cleveland are 2-8
After playing Philadelphia are 1-9
After a win are 3-7
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
A few Timberwolves at Celtics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing on the road against Boston
Minnesota is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Minnesota is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 9 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Minnesota home to Cleveland, Friday, December 7
Boston at Philadelphia, Friday, December 7