Timberwolves visit Spurs in NBA clash
Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs Odds
Minnesota pays a visit to San Antonio on Sunday, hoping to send the Spurs to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at AT&T Center.
The Timberwolves will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 17-16 ATS against the number this season, while the Spurs are 22-16-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Minnesota is 17-16 on the totals; San Antonio is 19-20.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 1-rated Spurs and the No. 8-rated Timberwolves in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 106-98 win for the Spurs on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up San Antonio's No. 3-ranked offense (104.8 PPG) against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 8 at 96.1 PPG. The Spurs have averaged 48.3% from the field per game, more than the Timberwolves have managed so far this season (43.1% on average).
Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 13-rated defense on the road, giving up 98.1 points per game. San Antonio, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.
Minnesota lost its last outing, a 104-92 result against the Hornets on January 11. The Timberwolves failed to cover in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 196 combined points took the game OVER the total. Minnesota got 20 points from Luke Ridnour but lost anyway 104-92 against the Hornets on Friday at New Orleans Arena.
San Antonio was a 101-98 loser in its last match on the road against the Grizzlies. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 199 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. San Antonio got 30 points from Tony Parker en route to a 101-98 loss at the hands of San Antonio on Friday at FedExForum.
Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Dallas are 1-9
After playing New Orleans are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3
San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Memphis are 4-6
After playing Memphis are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2
A few Timberwolves at Spurs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing San Antonio
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
San Antonio is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio's last 5 games
Minnesota at Dallas, Monday, January 14
San Antonio home to Memphis, Wednesday, January 16