NBA Pick: San Antonio Spurs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Date/Time: December 4th, 9:30 p.m. ET
Television: NBA TV
Basketball Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: San Antonio -3.5
Mexico City will get a glimpse of NBA betting action on Wednesday night, when the “hosting” Minnesota Timberwolves take on the significantly geographically closer San Antonio Spurs.
This is a weird spot on the schedule, but the Spurs can’t really be bothered about going on a road trip South of the Border. Lately, things have been suspect for the defending Western Conference champs, as they were beaten on the road by the Oklahoma City Thunder and at home by the Houston Rockets to round out last week. They were lucky to start December with a 102-100 win over the Atlanta Hawks, and they are going to have to get back in the saddle in this one without looking ahead to this weekend’s big clash with the Indiana Pacers. F Tim Duncan has been used a bit more carefully over the course of this season, and there aren’t many nights where he is going to be playing 30 minutes. However, he came up huge against the Hawks on Monday, becoming the oldest man in league history to log a 20-20 game with 23 points and 21 rebounds. He’s got a tough draw in this one against F Kevin Love and the T-Wolves, but we know that the future Hall of Famer is up for any challenge.
The Timberwolves are still missing some frontcourt depth with C Ronny Turiaf and F Chase Budinger both out for the long haul with injuries. Trading for F Luc Mbah a Moute has helped a bit defensively, though the first two games he has been in the fold, the team has been smoked for a total of 219 points against the Dallas Mavericks and the aforementioned Thunder. That said, there is a lot to be happy about right now if you’re a Minnesota fan. The team is at least hanging in there. It has ridded itself of F Derrick Williams. Love is averaging 23.7 points and 13.6 boards per game. G Kevin Martin is averaging 23.2 points per game. G Ricky Rubio is healthy and is still one of the most explosive distributing point guards in the game. And all in all, it’s all good. The issue? For as exciting as these Timberwolves are, they just aren’t in a position to challenge against the best of the best, and this is one of those games that could change that perception down in Mexico.
This one just looks shaky to us at best for the Spurs. They know they have that game at home against Indiana coming up, and it’s tough not to be looking ahead to it. Minnesota does have the Miami Heat next as well, which definitely causes us to raise an eyebrow. However, with the Spurs only laying 3.5, it at least looks like the oddsmakers are trying to tell us that this one is going to be close. Martin and Love might go for 60 points between them, and if they do, San Antonio could continue to falter. Minnesota 104 – San Antonio 100