This Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs betting preview features a Western Conference matchup on Wednesday night as the 5-15 Timberwolves visit the 11-10 Spurs. Tip-off is set for 8:30 pm EST inside the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
This will mark the third meeting of the season between these two teams. They split a back-to-back in San Antonio on Jan. 9-10.
If you’re going to bet online on this contest, the Spurs are 8½-point favorites, with the over/under set at 224.
On Monday, the Minnesota Timberwolves embarked on the first of a five-game road trip that began in Cleveland and will end in Dallas next Monday. After beating the Cleveland Cavaliers the night before at home, Minnesota could not complete the home-and-home sweep against one of the lower-tier NBA teams.
The Timberwolves have now lost eight straight on the road, and have not won away from home since Jan. 10, ironically the last time they faced the San Antonio Spurs.
Karl-Anthony Towns (more NBA COVID-19 updates here) has missed nine games in a row. He has rejoined the team and is expected to return to the floor during the trip. The Timberwolves have also been without Jarrett Culver. Culver has missed three straight with an ankle injury. However, Naz Reid returned Monday night after a two-game absence dealing with a sprained wrist.
Rookie Anthony Edwards is averaging 17.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 30.0 minutes since being moved into the starting lineup on Jan. 29.
The Spurs remain tied for second in the Southwest Division, a game behind the Grizzlies, who just swept San Antonio in back-to-back games inside the AT&T Center on Saturday and Monday. In fact, it was an emphatic sweep, with Memphis winning both by a combined 38 points. The Spurs are now just 5-7 on their home floor, but 6-3 on the road.
DeMar DeRozan leads the team in scoring with 19.5 points per game, but he tallied just 19 total in the two losses to the Memphis Grizzlies. This came after he notched 51 combined points in the previous two games during a three-game win streak for San Antonio.
In Monday’s loss, Derrick White joined Alvin Robertson and Willie Anderson as the only players in franchise history with 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in their first 155 games with the team.
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs Betting Pick
Who wants to win this game? One team can’t win on the road, while the other can’t defend its home court. Towns will provide a much-needed jolt to Minnesota when he returns, but we’re operating as if he’ll continue to sit out, at least when looking at the NBA odds for this contest.
It will certainly be interesting to see how Ryan Saunders integrates his big man and Culver with Edwards when everyone is healthy.
The previous two meetings were settled by a combined 11 points, and Towns was absent in the second matchup. That Timberwolves win snapped a seven-game losing streak. They should be able to muscle the Spurs in the paint with Reid back from injury.
D’Angelo Russell has picked up the scoring slack with Towns out, and Edwards continues to improve with each game. He may have been scoreless in 18 minutes the last time these two faced off, but don’t expect a similar performance.
When putting together your NBA betting picks, take the 8½ points and put your money on the underdog Timberwolves.