Minnesota Timberwolves vs Boston Celtics Odds and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics face each other this Monday at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
The match features the 9th best team in the Eastern Conference against the 9th best team in the Western Conference. This is an important game for both teams since the Timberwolves and the Celtics lost their last game.
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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Boston Celtics Odds and Prediction: Match Odds
Both Timberwolves and Celtics have had an inconsistent season so far and it looks like both teams will fight until the end of the regular season for a spot in the play-in tournament. The squad from Minnesota have a 15-17 record and a .469 win%, while the traditional Celtics have a .485 win%. This is the first time the Timberwolves play against the Celtics this season.
The Timberwolves and the Celtics lost six out of their four last matches, and they have allowed their opponents to score at least 105 points on them in their five last matches.
Money Line: Celtics: -357 I Timberwolves: +285
Spread: Celtics: -8.5 (-111) I Timberwolves +8.5 (-111)
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Boston Celtics Odds and Prediction: Game Preview
The squad from Minneapolis has been inconsistent since the start of the season. The only time the team was able to keep a good sequence of matches was when they won five matches in a row in mid-November. Since then, the Timberwolves have not been able to keep a long winning streak and they lost positions in the Western Conference standings.
The defensive part of the Minnesota Timberwolves has been inconsistent throughout the season. Even though the team is ranked as the fourth team in the steals per the game average ranking, they are the ninth among the teams who have conceded the most points.
The offense of the Timberwolves is having a better season than their defense and two players have been the key to their success. Karl Anthony Towns, Timberwolves center, has a 24.5 PPG average which gives him the credential to be one of the top 15 pointers of the league. Added to it, D’Angelo Russel, Timberwolves center, has a 6.7 APG average and his passes are being essential for his team.
Minnesota Timberwolves injuries
Josh Okogie – COVID-19
Jarred Vanderbilt – COVID-19
Patrick Beverley – COVID-19
McKinley Wright IV – COVID-19
Karl Anthony Towns – COVID-19
D’Angelo Russell – COVID-19
Like their opponents, the Celtics have been having an irregular season, so far. The team has never been able to win more than three games in a row and this inconsistency has been one of the reason for one of the most traditional teams in the NBA to reach a better position in the Eastern Conference standings.
Comparing both teams, the Celtics have a better defense than the Timberwolves and their players have allowed their opponents to score fewer points than their rivals from Minneapolis. Marcus Smart, the Celtics point guard, has the second-highest steals per game average in the league with 2.1 SPG. Robert Williams III, Celtics center, has also performed an important role in the team’s defense as he is in the top-10 blockers of the league.
Jayson Tatum, Celtics shooting forward, has been the key player of his team in the attack. The shooting guard has an impressive 25.6 PPG average, the eighth highest in the league. In addition, the Celtics have also one of the highest field throw percentages in the league with 80.8% of their field throw attempts converted.
Boston Celtics injuries
Josh Richardson – COVID-19
Enes Kanter – COVID-19
Aaron Nesmith – COVID-19
Bruno Fernando – COVID-19
Justin Jackson – COVID-19
Grant Williams – COVID-19
Sam Hauser – COVID-19
C.J. Miles – COVID-19
Dennis Schroeder – COVID-19
Al Horford – COVID-19
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Boston Celtics Odds and Prediction: Game Prediction
Timberwolves and Celtics are likely to perform an exciting match this Monday. As mentioned before, a victory for both sides would be important to put the teams back on the winning track after their defeats. Playing at home, the Timberwolves have a slight advantage against their opponents.
The Celtics have a weak 7-11 record on the road and the home team can use this on their behalf. Looking at the road stats from the Celtics and the last games from the team, it is possible to assume the Timberwolves are the favorites.