Friday Quick Pick: Buckets Tough to Come by in Wolves-Celtics

Friday, January 5, 2018 4:11 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 4:11 PM UTC

The Minnesota Timberwolves are heading into a tough matchup on Friday against the Boston Celtics, in what is easily the best non-conference game of the night. The Celtics are -3½, but it’s the total that I’m much more intrigued by.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><strong><a href="">Wolves vs. Celtics</a></strong></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: Under 206</strong></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered:<a href=";book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow"> Bovada</a></strong></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3263927, "sportsbooksIds":[999996,169,999993,139,180], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>After opening the season as one of the league’s worst defensive teams, the Wolves have seemingly started to buy into what Tom Thibodeau is selling. They are giving up just 102.2 points per game over their last five contests and have held their opponent under 100 points in three straight games. On the road their defense has been improving, too. While they are still giving up 106.3 points per game on the road, they have averaged giving up just 100.8 points per game over their last eight away games.</p><p>Now that they are in Boston in the biggest game of the night, this one should be a bit more defensive in nature. The Celtics are giving up 98.6 points per game at home overall and at home against the Western Conference. This Celtics defense has beaten the Spurs and Warriors at home this year and held them to 94 and 88 points. They are going to hold the Wolves to under 100 in this one, which could lead to the under being a great value.</p><p>So far this season the Celtics have cashed the <a href="">'over' at 7-5-1 in non-conference games</a>, but at home against teams from the West Boston is only 5-4 cashing the 'over.' If we can get a lockdown game defensively from this Celtics squad, I see one or both teams falling under 100 points in this one.</p>
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