Who knows who'll end up resting for the Spurs tonight. It doesn't matter much in our eyes, as we still think the Spurs will win handily regardless and cover the NBA betting odds.
As of now, the Spurs find themselves favored once again on our NBA odds, this time by a whopping 10 points despite them being out on the road.
We should expect a pretty high total to be released by the books (a number hadn't been made public at time of writing), considering no team has been worse defensively this season than the Timberwolves.
Since starting out the season with a 4-10 record (not good, but just wait), the Timberwolves have gone a horrendous 1-20 over their last 21 games, and they come into tonight having lost 14 straight contests. Last night, Minnesota hung around a little bit before eventually losing 98-84 in Milwaukee.
Once again Andrew Wiggins was unleashed and given every chance gain experience. In the loss to the Bucks, he played a game-high 39 minutes and finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals while not turning the ball over once. The rookie has been sensational over the last couple weeks and will continue to see heavy minutes night in and night out in hopes that he'll continue to develop.
This is very obviously a team building for the future, as Wiggins, along with guys like Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng and Zach LaVine are all getting a lot of run. Of course, injuries have gotten in the way too, as Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic remain out long-term for Minnesota. Until we see this team at full strength, it's not going to be too hard to fade this Timberwolves team whenever the situation arises to do so.
San Antonio Spurs
Unlike last season, the Spurs haven't been nearly as dominant so far in the regular season. Tony Parker has missed large chunks of games, and Gregg Popovich hasn't been afraid to rest his top guys whenever needed. We're likely to see that happen again tonight, considering San Antonio was involved in a closely-contested matchup last night at home against Phoenix, and now have to immediately head to Minnesota for their second game in as many days.
The Spurs used a huge fourth quarter to win last night, as they outscored Phoenix 41-26 on their way to the 100-95 victory. Danny Green led the team with 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting, which made up for a shaky game out of Parker, who was held to only seven points in 22 minutes. Tim Duncan had a 12/7/5 line, but it was really the second unit (including Cory Joseph and Patty Mills) that provided life for Pop's crew.
Make sure to keep track of the player news throughout the day to see who ends up sitting (if anyone) for San Antonio. Duncan only played 24 minutes, so who knows? Maybe there's a chance he'll play tonight. Either way, San Antonio has more than enough depth to fill in the missing pieces and not really skip a beat. We're not going to be scared away.
Yes, the Spurs are an old team and are likely to choose to rest some players after last night's tough game against Phoenix, but the Timberwolves were also in action last night.
More importantly, Minnesota has just been terrible overall. They haven't picked up a win for exactly a month (December 10th), which is staggering, and we don't think their chances of ending this lengthy losing run are too good tonight either.
So while others will be fearful of taking San Antonio, we think the value is there on what's by far the better overall team. The Timberwolves are building for the future, so in the present let's take advantage by adding the Spurs as the sizable NBA pick. for Saturday night.
NBA Pick: San Antonio Spurs -10 at 5Dimes