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San Antonio Spurs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves on 12/21 – My NBA Banker Bet of the Week
Gregg Popovich remembers November 28th, as much as he and his team would like to forget the atrocity that occurred.
The Spurs got utterly embarrassed in Minnesota, scoring just nine points in the second quarter en route to a 39-point blowout loss.
Surely the T-Wolves must have the Spurs’ number and are a good bet to win the game tonight, right?
Well, not exactly.
Take a look at my preview of this game and find out why the San Antonio Spurs are my NBA banker bet of the week.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Matchup
- When: Friday, December 21st at 8:30 pm EST (7:30 pm local time)
- Where: AT&T Center – San Antonio, Texas
- Spread: Spurs (-4) -105, Timberwolves (+4) -115
- Moneyline: Spurs -170, Timberwolves +145
- Total: 220.5 – Over -105, Under -115
- Minnesota Timberwolves Record: 14-17
- San Antonio Spurs Record: 17-15
The Spurs may have gotten lambasted last time they squared off against Tom Thibodeau and the Timberwolves, but I don’t expect anything even close to the same result this evening.
First things first, San Antonio is 12-5 on their home floor and have won six of the past seven games played in the AT&T Center.
Minnesota is a god-awful 2-12 as visitors in 2018, as their only two road victories came against Brooklyn and Cleveland.
The Timberwolves are still trying to find their identity since trading Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia for a package of developing pieces, as they’re still waiting for Karl-Anthony Towns to grab the bull by the horns and assume leadership of this team.
Through 31 games, Towns is hovering around 21 PPG and 11 RPG while shooting 48.9% from the floor. But guess what, KAT? Those numbers need to get better.
With the departure of Butler, there is no excuse for a man as big and talented as Towns is not to be shooting over 50% from the floor and averaging 25+ points.
Why I Like San Antonio in This One
The official butt-whooping the T-Wolves handed down to Coach Pop and his squad last month surely isn’t forgotten. But based on how well the Spurs have been playing lately, I can tell you it’s at least a distant memory.
After back-to-back 13-point victories over the Lakers and the Jazz, San Antonio has won four of their past five games. But it’s how they have won them that has grabbed my attention so firmly.
The NBA leaders in team 3-point percentage are coming off a red-hot performance in which they knocked down 12-19 from beyond the arc. Minnesota is coming off a wild overtime loss at home to the Pistons in a game that Detroit trailed by 14 points when the fourth quarter began.
Minnesota is clearly reeling (losing five of their past six games), and a road game in San Antonio isn’t exactly the easiest place to get off the schneid.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Pick
You can go ahead and lay the 4 points here, and in fact, I actually spotted them at -3.5 at BetOnline.ag on Thursday evening.
But if you want a bet that is a bit safer, opt for the Spurs moneyline.
The way San Antonio is balling out right now, I just don’t see them losing on their home floor to a suspect team like Minnesota. My NBA banker bet of the week is to back Spurs on the moneyline at -170.