NBA Picks: Suns vs. Timberwolves

David Lawrence

Saturday, April 13, 2013 6:04 PM GMT

Saturday, Apr. 13, 2013 6:04 PM GMT

After breaking a 10 game home losing streak , the Phoenix Suns have to feel good about themselves as they face the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Both teams are playing for pride here as there as just 3 games remaining on the schedule and neither team will be going anywhere.

Tip-off is set for 8:00 pm ET tonight at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

5 Dimes Sportsbook currently lists the Wolves as a 4.5 point betting odds favorite and the total for the game is 200.5.

Packing It In…

Just look at Portland’s 10 game losing streak and you’ll see that some teams that aren’t making the playoffs are “packing it in”. Are the Timberwolves doing the same and waiting for Kevin Love next year? They’ve lost 3 straight games.

Could Phoenix possibly end the season on a positive note?

Complaints, Complaints…

Don’t let one win fool you. With no team chemistry, the Suns have been one of the worst teams in the NBA. Is it me or has Luis Scola been complaining about this team all season? Talk about a malcontent…

Not Missing Love

Center, Nikola Pekovic, has gotten major opportunity without Kevin Love on the court and has cashed in.

He’s been hampered by a left calf contusion. Pekovic is listed as day-to-day. If Pekovic is able to play, he’ll dominate on the inside and Phoenix won’t have a chance, if he’s unable to play, this becomes a more even battle. Pekovic is coming off of a 20 point performance in a loss to the Clippers. Stay tuned to Minnesota’s Twitter page to keep updated on the status of Nikola Pekovic.

A Major Slump

Point guard Ricky Rubio is either a feast or famine type of player. When he’s playing well, he looks like a hall of famer. He can pass, score, and rebound. Lately, his shooting has been about as bad that you’ll see from an NBA player. In his last 5 games, Rubio is shooting 20.8% from the field. No, that’s not typo folks.

The poor shooting doesn’t stop the Spaniard from being aggressive. He’s coming off of a 13 point game against LA. His minutes have been cut, but this is a player that has a major upside. For this game, your guess is as good as mine.

Drago is Beasting

It might not equate to wins, but point guard, Goran Dragic, is ending the season like a superstar. He’s coming off of back to back double-doubles in which he’s averaging 18 points, 11.5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.  In his last 10 games, Dragic has been a clone of Steve Nash in his prime. He’s averaging 19.5 points, 8.6 assists, and 4.1 rebounds. Not only that, he’s shooting over 50% from the field and nearly 90% from the line in that time. Dragic is carrying the Suns on his back. Look for a huge game out of him against a somewhat weak Timberwolves team.

The Suns welcome back Michael Beasley after becoming a father. Beasley has played well off of the bench. He had a nice 25 point game a week ago against Golden State. This is a player with that nasty word, “potential”. There’s times where he looks like a world-beater and other times he’s invisible. Phoenix will need his contribution tonight.

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Outcome

I’ve been hot with my NBA picks and this is a tough game to handicap. The Suns are an awful team, but Minnesota has seemed to pack it in and Ricky Rubio has been a major disappointment lately. The Wolves still have the home court advantage, the better overall personnel, and the Suns are a terrible road team. Look for Minnesota to break their losing streak tonight.

Pick- Minnesota -4.5 at 5 Dimes

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