Back Road Dog T-wolves With Your NBA Picks As Celtics Won't Deliver

Swinging Johnson

Monday, December 21, 2015 5:35 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 5:35 PM GMT

Minnesota flies into Boston winners of two straight while the Celtics have dropped their last three. Let’s see what the NBA odds are offering on this matchup as we cash in our NBA picks.

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Free NBA Pick: Minnesota +8½
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

 

Minnesota Timberwolves (11-16 SU, 12-14-1 ATS)
The T-Wolves edged the Kings 99-95 on Friday night and then traveled to Brooklyn on Sunday, dominating the Nets 100-85 and easily covering the two-point impost that the NBA odds makers were hanging on that one. Karl-Anthony Towns, the first overall pick in the NBA’s draft last June, made his homecoming count as he dropped 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the charge over the Nets. But it was a team effort that got the job done as Ricky Rubio contributed 15 assists and Gorgui Dieng scored 20 with 10 boards of his own. Last year’s first overall pick Anthony Wiggins also chipped in 16 points for the Wolves.

Minnesota comes into the Garden having lost nine straight in Boston dating back almost a decade. Future Hall-of-Famer Kevin Garnett started his illustrious career with Minnesota and was traded to the Celtics, back-boning them to a World Championship in 2008, and is now back with the team he started with as the final chapter of his career comes to a close. Garnett is only a shadow of his former self but enjoying life as a role player with his most important job as mentor to all the young talent that Minnesota currently has at its disposal. This may be the Big Ticket’s last venture to the Garden and he will be eager to make it count.

 

Boston Celtics (14-13 SU, 14-12-1 ATS)
Over the last three contests the Boston Celtics have been nothing but poison if you have been including them in your NBA picks. They have lost and failed to cover the number against the Cavaliers, Pistons and most recently the Atlanta Hawks. On Friday night they hosted Atlanta as 3½-point home favorites and led by two after three quarters of play but could not prevent the visitors from rallying to a 109-101 victory. Boston’s season-high 22 turnovers did not help the cause and left head coach Brad Stevens searching for answers to his team’s most recent drought.

The Celtics come into this one averaging 103 points per game which ranks them 6th in the NBA this season. Ball distribution has been a definite asset to this group as they are 5th in assists averaging 24.1 per game. Defensively they have been stingy holding opponents to 99.5 points per contest ranking them 11th in the league. It has been an improvement over last season but the team is still young and in search of a power center that will make the Green even more physical in the paint and on the glass.

 

Betting Analysis
These clubs have not met since January of last season when the T-Wolves drew away to a 110-98 victory as four-point home dogs. However Boston is 2-0 straight up and against the spread over the last three seasons as well as 9-0 straight up since 2006 in games played between the teams in Boston.

However, this will not be more of the same. The Timberwolves are feeling their oats and the confluence of young talent is beginning to bear fruit. The Celtics, on the other hand, are in a dry spell and in no position to be laying 8½ points against anyone at this time, save for the Philadelphia 76’ers, and particularly one that has a big edge on the boards like Minnesota. Let’s grab the generous head start that the oddsmakers are giving us and back the visitors in this one for Monday night.

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