The Golden State Warriors may have missed out on their chance to elevate themselves to the #5 spot in the West, but that doesn’t mean everything is settled for them. They will need to win on Monday night or they will find themselves in a tie for the #6 position they occupy, and they may be operating on rather short rations of energy as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in NBA betting action that is set to begin at 10:35 PM ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Golden State lost an overtime thriller to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night and are now 49-31 straight-up (40-38-2 against the basketball pointspread), with the Dallas Mavericks, who wrap up their season on Wednesday, just a half-game behind. So VietBet customers know that means if the Warriors lose, they will face the possibility of falling a notch.
Minnesota wishes it was in the Eastern Conference, because then the Timberwolves would be in the middle of the playoff mix. But unfortunately, in the highly-competitive West, their 40-40 straight-up doesn’t measure up. But there is the chance to finish over the .500 mark for the second straight year in what some people think might be Rick Adelman’s final season as a head coach.
In what had to be an emotional appearance, Adelman returned last night to his old stomping grounds in Sacramento, where his T-Wolves fell by a 106-103 count to the Kings, who Adelman once guided to eight consecutive playoff appearances. Big men dominated the activity, as DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 15 rebounds, though he was called for his 16th technical foul, which will put him out of the Kings’ remaining action, and Kevin Love scored 43 and eleven rebounds.
Love had to sit out of a game against Houston prior to that with a hyperextended elbow, at which point Corey Brewer took over with 51 points, a career high, in the 112-110 victory, in which Minnesota covered as a three-point home dog in NBA betting. Love’s status in this second end of the back-to-back is not altogether clear at this time.
Golden State had a wild game against Portland, getting 47 points from Stephen Curry and going into overtime before losing a 119-117 decision. Klay Thompson added 25 points as the Warriors’ backcourt once again handled more than its share of the burden. Certainly the fact that they covered as a 3.5-point underdog in the basketball lines was of little solace. But what VietBet patrons want to take away from that game is that the Warriors were truly extended, and it may not be the easiest thing in the world for them to bounce back from that.
The Warriors are not sensational in back-to-backs, going just 6-8 ATS on the back end. But guess what? Minnesota has been far worse, with a 6-14 mark against the NBA betting odds.
So we have that as a handicapping factor, as well as the fact that Golden State could be seeking some payback for the Wolves’ last visit to the Oracle Arena, which resulted in a 121-120 Minnesota victory. That broke the Warriors’ seven-game winning streak in the ongoing series between the two teams.
In the two encounters, Golden State has hit 53% from the field, and that underscores what has been a fundamental problem for the T-Wolves this season, which is the trouble they have had in stopping other teams. NBA bettors can see that they have, in fact, allowed opponents to shoot 47% on the season. And for all of Love’s ability as a rebounder, scorer, distance shooter and passer, he is not the most well-respected man when it comes to defending in or near the paint.
Golden State is going after its 50th win, which would constitute the first time in 20 years for that. However, there is additional anxiety in that not only are they holding just a half-game lead over the Mavericks, they are a game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies, who currently hold the #8 spot.
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