Back Celtics With Your NBA Picks As Struggling Twolves Continue To Decay

Monday, February 22, 2016 4:53 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 4:53 PM UTC

The Boston Celtics fly from Denver to Minneapolis for this Monday night game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Here's my top NBA pick on tonight's game. 

<p style="text-align:center"><iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" height="330" src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/video/embed/?videoId=31784" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Boston Celtics (-5) vs Minnesota Timberwolves <span data-term="goog_140916094" tabindex="0">8:05 ET</span></strong><br /> The Boston Celtics fly from Denver to Minneapolis <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/nba-picks-the-day-best-monday-s-winning-hoop-selections/69841/" title="See Our Top Picks On Monday Night's NBA Games">for this Monday night game</a> against the Minnesota Timberwolves. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/boston-celtics-vs-minnesota-timberwolves-2883296/" target="_blank" title="Get The Best Odds On Tonight's Game Here">The game is scheduled for an 8:05 ET tip</a>. The teams already played once this year in Boston with the Celtics prevailing (113-99) at TD Garden on December 21st. Shortly after that meeting, the Celtics began an upward surge. Minnesota has been mired in mediocrity the entire season.</p> <p>Currently, Minnesota is 17-39 SU in <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/nba-odds-seeking-future-betting-value-the-western-conference/68994/" target="_blank" title="See The Rankings Of Each Western Conference Team">13th place in the Western Conference</a> ahead of only towel tossers, Phoenix and the LA Lakers. For the 12th season in a row, Minnesota will not be invited to the NBA post-season party. Most disturbing has been their play at home, where the T-Wolves stand just 9-20 SU. Only Philadelphia and the LA Lakers have fewer home wins. This has translated into a disturbing year-long pointspread trend, which has seen Minnesota go just 9-20 ATS on this floor. The latest example of their poor play at home was Saturday night’s (103-95) loss to a struggling NY team. The going has been tough all season long, as the T-Wolves look to rebuild around the young talent that is PG Rubio, Wiggins and Towns. Towns, vying for Rookie of the Year honors, has been especially productive lately with a 22/12 log the last 14 games. Tonight, the T-Wolves are arguably in their worst role, where they stand 3-8 ATS as home underdog of 4 or more points.  </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Betting Analysis</strong><br /> A recent Boston surge has carried them to the 3rd spot in the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/nba-betting-futures/#Eastern" target="_blank" title="Review Our Live Odds Board For The Eastern Conference Winner">NBA’s Eastern Conference</a> playoff queue with a record of 33-24 SU. Their road record of 16-14 SU is 8th best in the NBA. Shortly after their December win vs. Minnesota, the Celtics began to surge, going into the All Star Break they were 10-2 SU, averaging 113 PPG. Following a loss at Utah to open the 2nd half, the Celtics bounced nicely for a (121-101) victory last night at Denver. They now enter tonight’s game on a 6-2 SU ATS run. They are also a profitable 9-4 ATS, when playing without rest this season. A catalyst for the Boston surge has been PG Thomas, who has averaged 21 PPG and 7 APG in the Celtics’ up-tick, including 28/10 the last 3 games. Thomas is just one of many examples who have shined under the guidance of GM Ainge and young HC Stevens.</p> <p>I invite you to put the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" target="_blank" title="See Live NBA Odds Here">NBA odds</a> in your favor and join me in my <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" target="_blank" title="See More Free NBA Picks Here">NBA pick</a> on the Boston Celtics tonight. </p> <p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":2883296, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,93,19,92,238,169], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]<br /> <strong>NBA Pick:</strong> Boston Celtics -4.5<br /> <strong>Best Line Offered: </strong><a href="http://www.sportsbookrehttp://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4418&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Start Playing at 5Dimes Today">at 5Dimes</a></p>
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