The Minnesota Timberwolves (26-10) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (28-8) on Wednesday, January 10th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston and televised on NBCS. The Timberwolves are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Celtics are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Magic. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Timberwolves vs Celtics
The Timberwolves Are Coming Off A Win
The Timberwolves notched a win against the Magic in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 113-92. Not only did the Timberwolves win this game straight-up, but they also covered the spread as -5 point favorites. Considering the over/under, the total of 205 points fell short of the set over/under line of 217.
When playing on the road this season, the Timberwolves have gone 12-8 compared to their 14-2 record at home. Overall, they are 26-10 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games.
Minnesota currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 17-18 at this point. As the favorite this season, Minnesota is 13-14 vs. the spread while going 4-4 as the underdog.
The Celtics Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Celtics fell to the Pacers by a score of 133-131. The Celtics not only lost the game but also failed to cover the spread as -3 point favorites. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 246.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
The Celtics are coming into today’s game with an overall record of 28-8 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In the Eastern Conference, the Celtics are currently in 1st place and are also 1st in the Atlantic Division.
Boston arrives with an ATS record of 17-17 for the season up to this point. When playing on the road, the Celtics hold an ATS record of 7-11 in contrast to a 10-6 record against the spread when playing at home.
Timberwolves Offense Breakdown
The Timberwolves come into today’s game as the 22nd ranked scoring offense at 112.9 points per game.
Heading into their matchup with the Celtics, the Timberwolves are averaging 112.9 points per game, which is 22nd in the league. However, on the road, they are scoring 113.2 points per game compared to 112.6 at home.
So far this season, Minnesota has outscored the NBA scoring average in just 38.9% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 24th in the league at 97.9 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Timberwolves are 6th in field goal percentage at 48%. They are also 6th in true shooting percentage. From beyond the arc, they are hitting 38% of their shots, which is 4th in the NBA.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
The Celtics step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 121.2 points per game (5th).
So far this season, the Celtics have been one of the league’s top three-point shooting teams. They are 1st in three-point attempts and 6th in three-point shooting percentage. Overall, they are 5th in scoring at 121.2 points per game.
At home, the Celtics have been scoring 123.1 points per game, which is 5th in the NBA. In terms of pace, they are 18th at 98.8 possessions per game.
When it comes to two-point shooting, Boston is 3rd in the league at 57%. However, they are just 26th in two-pointers made per game. In terms of free throw shooting, the Celtics are 18th in attempts and 16th in made free throws.
Timberwolves Team Defense
At this time, the Timberwolves’ defense is positioned 1st in the NBA, permitting 107.2 points per game. In the terms of takeaways, Timberwolves are causing 14.6 turnovers per game, ranking 27th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 7th in rejections, averaging 6 blocked shots each game.
Celtics Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Celtics defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 30.6% of their games. Currently, they are 4th in the NBA at 110.7 points per game allowed. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Celtics are forcing 12.6 per game, which is 10th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 2nd in blocked shots at 6.4 per game.
Key Players For The Timberwolves And Celtics
In today’s game, we anticipate Anthony Edwards leading the scoring for the Timberwolves, contributing 25 points while shooting 9/20 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 26.2 points per game, in addition to 5.3 rebounds.
On the other side, Jayson Tatum is our projected leading scorer for the Celtics. We have him ending the game with a team-high 26 and grabbing 9 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 47.9% and is averaging 27.5 points per contest.
Timberwolves vs Celtics Trends
- Although Minnesota has a straight up record of 5-5 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 5-5. The team averaged 111 points per game in these games.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Boston has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 126 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
- The last three games that Minnesota was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.
- Through their last five games as the favorite, the Celtics have an ATS record of 3-2 and a straight up mark of 3-2.
For a point-spread wager in this Celtics vs. Timberwolves game, we suggest taking the Timberwolves at +7. Even though our predictions have the Celtics winning 117-116, we see the Timberwolves as the better choice on the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 224.5, and our model projects the Timberwolves and Celtics to reach a combined total of 233 points. Our bet is on taking the over.
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