Celtics Looking to Control Timberwolves
The NBA playoff odds continue to shift with every game played, and every result is gaining importance. The Minnesota Timberwolves host the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night in a game that will impact playoff races in both conferences.
Boston, one of the top betting picks to win the NBA title, comes into this game in second place in the Eastern Conference. However, the Celtics have been scuffling a bit of late, going just 2-3 in their last five games.
Minnesota has gone 3-2 in their last five games, still struggling to find any consistency. The Timberwolves are 35-34 on the season and are currently in seventh place in the Western Conference.
The NBA lines for this game have the Boston Celtics as five-point betting favorites on the road in Minnesota.
Celtics Led By Pair of Stars
The Boston Celtics have some of the best NBA title odds out of any team in the league, and it’s thanks to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Tatum is on the shortlist of NBA MVP candidates this season. He is averaging over 30 points per game, but Brown isn’t far behind him at 26.6 points per contest.
Boston has had an issue making shots from deep at times, and that allows opposing defenses to team up on the biggest stars. The Celtics will also need to get stops in this game to take pressure off the offense.
Timberwolves Have to Defend
After a recent loss to the Brooklyn Nets, Mike Conley said, “We just had a couple plays where we had lapses.” Those defensive lapses have come too often for the Timberwolves, and they will have to be sharp on defense to win this game.
Anthony Edwards has been doing all he can for this team, leading the way with nearly 25 points per game. However, the Timberwolves are struggling to score points without Karl-Anthony Towns and will have to find a way to slow this game down.
While this game does matter for both teams, the Timberwolves are in a tougher spot if they cannot come away with a win.
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Celtics vs Timberwolves Head-to-Head
This will be the second game of the season between Boston and Minnesota. The Celtics picked up a 121-109 victory in the first meeting, where both teams were healthy.
Celtics vs Timberwolves Game Information
- Game: Celtics (47-22) vs Timberwolves (35-34)
- Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
- Day/Time: Wednesday, March 15th, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Celtics vs Timberwolves Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Celtics vs Timberwolves Picks and Prediction
There is a lot to look at if you are going to make NBA picks, and recent play is one of those factors. Even though Boston hasn’t been playing their best basketball of late, they are playing a Minnesota team that continues to struggle.
Minnesota is still playing without Karl-Anthony Towns, and that will be a big problem in this matchup. The Celtics have so many offensive weapons, and it will be hard for the Timberwolves to keep up.
This will be a competitive game for three quarters, but Boston will pull away in the end. Head to BetUS Sportsbook and not only take the Boston Celtics to win in Minnesota (-210), but they also cover the five-point spread.
The Celtics are listed at -210 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Celtics, you have a chance to win $48. The Timberwolves are +175, offering a chance to win $175 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Celtics a 67.74% chance to win, with Timberwolves at 36.36%.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.
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Timberwolves vs Celtics Previous Game (Dec 23, 2022)
The Boston Celtics look to avoid a four-game losing streak at home when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves for a Friday night matchup. Boston has dropped five of its last six, including three straight at home, but still leads the Atlantic Division by two games over the second-place Brooklyn Nets. Minnesota had a three-game winning streak snapped with a loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday and is in fourth place in the Northwest Division, one game behind the third-place Portland Trail Blazers. Neither team wants to head into Christmas off a loss, so this will be a hotly-contested game. Before you do any wagering on this one, check out our NBA betting preview.