Golden State on the Warpath Against Short-Handed Timberwolves

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, January 25, 2018 4:13 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 4:13 PM UTC

Golden State welcomes Minnesota to the Oracle Arena in Thursday's TNT late game, and the Dubs will try to notch their seventh win in their last eight games. The NBA odds are reflecting the Warriors as double-digit favorites; can they cover the number?

Timberwolves (31-19 SU, 24-24-2 ATS) at Warriors (38-10 SU, 21-26-1 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Warriors -11 ½Best Line Offered: YouWager

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  • Golden State is 4-1 ATS in their last five Thursday games.
  • Golden State is 25-14 versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points per game - 2nd half of the season over the last three seasons.
  • Golden State is 70-55 when playing against a team with a winning record over the last three seasons.
  • Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.
  • Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in their last five games as a road underdog.
  • Minnesota is 0-2-1 over their last three trips to Golden State.

It took a while for the NBA odds to be listed on this contest as the status of Timberwolves superstar and leading scorer Jimmy Butler was in question. It appears Butler will again be sidelined due to an ailing knee, and Minnesota will have to fill that void with the 37-year-old Jamal Crawford. The sixth man has been up and down for the T-Wolves this season but did contribute 19 points in the team’s 121-114 loss to Portland on Wednesday.

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Three things in life are certain:

Death, taxes, and Jamal Crawford 4-point plays. pic.twitter.com/wWErfkHgTv

— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) January 25, 2018
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The Warriors have been reeling off victories as usual, but those who have been backing this All-Star group in their NBA picks have been losing at the betting windows. Golden State is just 21-26-1 against the spread this season and has failed to cover the number in four of its last five. However, this is a good matchup for Golden State as it's catching the Wolves on the second leg of a back-to-back and without Butler. The Warriors have had a few days to rest up since their 123-112 win over the Knicks and should come out fresh, while the Timberwolves will be looking forward to flying back to Minnesota after this three-game road swing is through.

The last time these clubs met was in November when the Warriors ripped the Wolves 125-101, and that was without Kevin Durant in uniform. KD will be in action tonight, and this Warriors bench is simply too deep for an undermanned Minnesota squad on the last leg of its west coast road trip. I realize the line is steep, but there’s a reason for that and we look for a Warriors blowout.

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