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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
January 10, 2024
The two teams with the best records in the NBA will face each other on Wednesday evening when the Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Boston, Massachusetts to face the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 PM ET and will air on Bally Sports North.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have the best record in the Western Conference at 26-10 and are coming off a 113-92 win on the road against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday which also gives them their 2
win in their last three games. The success of the Timberwolves this season can be attributed to their defensive play as they are allowing the fewest points per game in the NBA with an average of 107.66 points allowed per game.
However, the Timberwolves like to play at a slower tempo than the majority of teams in the NBA which leads them to be one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league with an average of 112.94 points per game which is the 9
fewest points per game in the NBA. Rudy Gobert enters this game averaging a double-double with 12.5 points and 12 rebounds per game while also leading the team in blocks with an average of 2.03 blocks per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves will look to build off the momentum following the win on the road against the Magic when they travel to face the Boston Celtics.
The Boston Celtics have the best record in the Eastern Conference with a record of 28-8 which also gives them the best record in the NBA, however, they are coming off a 131-33 loss on the road against the Indiana Pacers on Monday which also ended their two-game winning streak. The Celtics have been one of the most complete teams in the league this season as they are a Top 5 team offensively and defensively entering this matchup averaging the 5
most points per game with an average of 121.17 points per game while allowing the 4
fewest points per game with an average of 110.72 points allowed per game.
Jayson Tatum has been the driving force behind the success of the Celtics this season as he leads the team in scoring and rebounds with an average of 27.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics will look to bounce back following the loss against the Pacers when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday evening.
BookMaker has the Boston Celtics listed as 6-point favorites
at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday evening. Boston has won eight of the last ten and two of the previous three meetings. The Celtics are 7-3 ATS in the last ten while the Timberwolves are 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Minnesota Timberwolves are 17-17-2 ATS overall, 9-11 ATS on the road, and 4-5 ATS as an underdog this season while the Boston Celtics are 18-16-2 ATS overall, 11-6 ATS at home, and 17-16-2 ATS as a favorite on the year.
Boston enters this game with the best record in the NBA and has been the better team in the series, winning eight of the previous ten and going 7-3 ATS in those matchups. The Celtics have also been the better team at covering the spread this season with a record of 18-16-2 ATS overall and 11-6 ATS at home while the TImberwolves are 17-17-2 ATS overall and 9-11 ATS on the road. Lay the points with the Boston Celtics when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday evening.
Spooky Express Pick: Boston Celtics -6
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