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Timberwolves host Celtics in basketball action

Boston CelticsMinnesota Timberwolves
4-6November 16, 2013, 08:00 | Target Center6-4

The Celtics will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Timberwolves in Minnesota at Target Center on Saturday in NBA action.

The Timberwolves sport a record of 6-4 and 7-3 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Celtics sit at 4-6 and 6-4 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 6-4 for the Timberwolves and 4-6 for the Celtics. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Boston Celtics vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds and Stats.

Minnesota opened as -11-point Favorite at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 201.5 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Timberwolves rated this week at No. 8 and the Celtics sitting at No. 27. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 100-91 result in favor of the Timberwolves today.

Boston lost its last outing, a 109-96 result against the Trail Blazers on November 15. The Celtics failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point underdog, while the 205 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Celtics wasted a 26-point performance from Jared Sullinger as Portland ran past them 109-96 on Friday at TD Garden.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 117-113 result against the Nuggets on November 15. The Timberwolves failed to cover in that game as a 2-point favorite, while the 230 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Timberwolves got a 28-point performance from Kevin Love, who added 10 rebounds, but Denver still ran past Minnesota 117-113 on Friday at Pepsi Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 108.7 PPG, against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 7 at 96.9 PPG. The Timberwolves field goal percentage has averaged 44.22% so far, less than the Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 45.76% per game.

Next up:
Boston at Houston, Tuesday, November 19th
Minnesota at Washington, Tuesday, November 19th