The Phoenix Suns are going to hope to take another step in the right direction towards the playoffs in the Western Conference when they meet in NBA betting action against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Suns are flying high right now. They are coming off of a big win over the Los Angeles Lakers that resulted in one of the biggest romps the team has had all season long, and there have even been some road wins that have to be very encouraging going into this one. Phoenix is just a game back of the postseason as we start the new week, and it is going to be a team that no one wants to see if it keeps playing the way that it has been for the last two weeks or so. Steve Nash still looks like he has the goods to play with the best point guards in the game, and he is coming off of a duel in which he shot 6-of-9 from the field and totaled 13 points and 11 assists against LA. Marcin Gortat continues to be one of the pleasant surprises for this team, while Shannon Brown, a generally streaky shooter, has had some massive performances, such as the 24-point effort that he had two nights ago.
We have to give the Timberwolves all of the credit in the world for the way that they played over the course of the first 50 games of the season or so. That being said, they just weren’t ready for the playoffs in this tough conference quite yet, though they are taking a lot of steps in the right direction. It shouldn’t be all that surprising that this five-game skid (and seven games from an ATS standpoint) corresponds with the fact that Ricky Rubio has been out of the lineup with a knee injury. His season is already over with, and the team more or less just looks like it has had all of the air taken out of it. Offensively, the T’Wolves have scored 94 points or fewer and five of their last seven, and that just isn’t going to cut it at this level. In the end, Kevin Love can’t do it all, though he is certainly trying. This is a big man that really would be in contention for the MVP award if Minnesota was in the race. He has had back to back games of 29 points and 12 boards, raising his averages up to 26.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game. He’s not a real force defensively, but those offensive numbers are out of this world, especially when you consider the fact that this is a man that can also stroke it from beyond the arc.
The Final Word: The time is going to come that the Timberwolves are going to get back on track for the stretch run of the season to try to play the role of spoiler, and we think that they are going to do just that in this one. This is a bad scheduling spot for the Suns, and we think that they will pay the price on Monday night.
Phoenix Suns @ Minnesota Timberwolves Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves +2.5
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