Take The Points With Your NBA Picks As Timberwolves Face Celtics

LT Profits Sports Group

Monday, December 21, 2015 6:47 PM GMT

The young Twolves seem to have turned things around nicely, while the Celtics have now lost three straight games including two at TD Garden. Join us and get the best NBA picks for tonight.

 

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Free NBA Picks: Minnesota +8
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

A young team with seemingly enormous potential may be starting to fulfill that promise, so the points may be worth taking Monday night when those exuberant Minnesota Timberwolves (11-16, 12-14-1 ATS) pay a visit to the suddenly slumping Boston Celtics (14-13, 14-12-1 ATS) at TD Garden in Boston, MA at 7:35 ET in a game televised nationally on NBA TV.

The point spread at Pinnacle Sports has Minnesota as a decided underdog for this contest with the current NBA odds showing them at +8 -105.

 

Better Off on the Road?
The Timberwolves have been a “backwards” team in that they have been one of the worst home teams in the NBA at 4-10 straight up and 2-11-1 ATS, yet they have a winning 7-6 straight up record on the road! What makes that more unusual is that this is such a young team that one would assume would struggle more on the road. Regardless, Minnesota has been comfortable while travelling and now looks to snap a nine-game losing streak in Boston since 2006.

The Celtics were expected to be the biggest threat to the Toronto Raptors “three-peating” as Atlantic Division Champions, and Boston is indeed in second place currently two game behind the Raptors. However, the Celtics are leveling off a bit as they have now been the losing NBA picks in three straight games, or else they would really be putting pressure on Toronto.

 

Finally Posted Back-to-Back Wins
The Timberwolves on the other hand have won two straight games, piecing together back-to-back wins for the first time since late November, and both wins have been propelled by one of the number one overall picks of the last two NBA Drafts, which the Timberwolves both own and thus gives them great hope for a promising future.

First, Minnesota acquired the number one draft pick from last year Andrew Wiggins from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the Kevin Love trade, and he currently leads the team in scoring with his 21.1 points per game. This two-game winning streak began with a rare win and cover at home over the Sacramento Kings on Friday, with Wiggins having a monstrous game with 32 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

The Timberwolves then selected Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick of this year’s draft, and he currently leads the team in rebounds (9.1 per game), field goal percentage (53.5 percent) and blocked shots (2.0 per game). It was Towns that keyed the T-Wolves’ second straight win over the Nets in Brooklyn yesterday with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Keep in mind that was in a Sunday afternoon game, which reduces the back-to-back factor here somewhat.

But while the future of the Timberwolves looks bright, the “guest of honor” tonight just may be veteran Kevin Garnett, who could be playing the final game of his career in Boston, where he led the Celtics to the 2008 NBA Championship during his six-year stint with the Celtics. That added emotion might enable Garnett to turn back the clock here, although his primary role these days has been mentoring the Minnesota young studs.

 

Dismal Week for Celtics
It was a little over a week ago that the Celtics took the Warriors to double-overtime in a narrow 124-119 loss while Golden State was still undefeated, and they then followed that up with a road win at Charlotte the following night. However, it has been slim pickings since then with Boston suffering three straight losses with two of them coming here at home, most recently 109-101 to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

That defeat came on the heels of allowing 119 points in a loss at Detroit last Wednesday, which cannot make defensive-minded head coach Brad Stevens very happy. The Celts are still in the top half of the league defensively, ranking 11th in points against at 99.5 per game and 10th in field goal percentage allowed at 43.7 percent, but there has been noticeable slippage over the last five games with Boston allowing 106.8 points per game in this span.

Things do not get any easier here vs. a Minnesota team averaging 102.0 points per game overall and that seems to be maturing with every game.

 

Wolves Travel Well
Finally, the Timberwolves have been polar opposites from a betting standpoint on the road compared to when they play at home, going 11-3 ATS in their last 14 road contests! In addition, Boston enters this game on a 1-3-1 ATS run, coinciding with its defense starting to crumble.

The Timberwolves only figure to get better as this season goes along and their young nucleus gains valuable experience, so these rather big points seem worth taking when Minnesota visits Boston on Monday.