NBA betting line favors Timberwolves over Celtics

Minnesota TimberwolvesBoston Celtics
12-12December 16, 2013, 07:30 | TD Garden11-14

The NBA betting slate features a clash between Boston and Minnesota on Monday, with the host Celtics trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Celtics are 11-14 so far on the season, and 14-11 ATS vs. the number. The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are 12-12 and 13-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Boston go 9-16 and the Timberwolves go 11-13 on the totals.

View Minnesota Timberwolves vs Boston Celtics Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Celtics in this one, they were listed earlier as 4-point underdogs on the betting line at Sportsbook. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 199.5 for Monday at shops such as Sportsbook.

This game pits the Celtics, currently No. 13 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Timberwolves, who rate No. 4 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 95-91 victory for the Timberwolves.

Minnesota won its last outing, a 101-93 result against the Grizzlies on December 15. The Timberwolves covered in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 194 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Grizzlies were burned for 30 points by Kevin Love on Sunday as the Timberwolves picked up a 101-93 win at FedExForum.

Boston won its last outing, a 90-86 result against the Knicks on December 13. The Celtics covered in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 176 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Jared Sullinger scored 19 points leading the Celtics to a 90-86 victory over New York at TD Garden on Friday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Timberwolves rank No. 6 in the league with 45.17 per game. That compares with Boston’s No. 24 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Boston is the NBA’s No. 22-ranked team at 6.64 per game, while the Timberwolves rate No. 12 with 8.17 per contest.

Next up:
Minnesota home to Portland, Wednesday, December 18th
Boston home to Detroit, Wednesday, December 18th
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