Golden St. Warriors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Both the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves look to snap three game skids when the two collide tonight. The Warriors are -2 point favorites over the Timberwolves with an over/under point total set at 205.5.
Still in a transition phase from last week’s trading period, the Warriors have dropped three straight games following an impressive stretch that saw consecutive wins over the Mavericks and Clippers. With Monta Ellis traded to Milwaukee and Stephen Curry out injured, Golden State has relied on rookie Klay Thompson and Nate Robinson to run the show. While both have played well, it pales to comparison to what Ellis and Curry bring to table on a nightly basis.
The Timberwolves are also experiencing some tough times recently, having lost three straight and five of six overall to fall two games below .500. Since Ricky Rubio went down with a season ending knee injury against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Timberwolves just haven’t been the same team. While Minnesota was competitive against Utah and Los Angeles, you can’t say the same for Sunday night’s game in Sacramento which resulted in a 99-115 loss to the Kings.
Head to head, the Timberwolves are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Warriors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite of 0.5-4.5 and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Timberwolves are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games as a road underdog, but just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
Even though Golden State has lost three straight, they actually haven’t been playing bad at all as they were unlucky not to win against Boston and they gave that game away in Utah. Having said that, I think Minnesota wins this one tonight. Despite missing Rubio and maybe Pekovic tonight, It’s pretty obvious the Timberwolves are the better team and I think last night’s loss will be motivation for tonight. The Warriors have played admirably without Curry and Ellis, but they have no answer for Kevin Love here.
Minnesota Timberwolves +2 Golden St. Warriors