NBA Tips – 9th March

We’re in for a treat on Friday with a jab dropping double header. The Timberwolves host the Thunder before we head to Oracle Arena for the Warriors/Spurs clash.

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1. Boston @ Minnesota (12:05pm)
Karl-Anthony Towns had a night he’d rather forget last start, ejected in a loss in Utah. He was extremely critical on himself, shouldering much of the blame for the loss. Towns & Minnesota have had plenty of time to reflect on this having returned home and getting 5 days rest! This is almost unheard of in an NBA schedule. Boston will be on their final game of a small 3 game trip and should expect backcourt star Kyrie Irving back in the line-up tonight. The Celtics have been playing some good basketball recently and tend to lift on the road boasting a 21-9 record. The Timberwolves however are 25-7 at home SU and will have befitted from the rest & practice. The big KAT had a massive 25pts & 23rebs against Boston earlier this season, the Wolf expects this form to continue. Look for Towns to have another big night and guide these Wolves to a home victory.
Tip: Minnesota WIN ($2.10)

2. Phoenix @ Oklahoma City (12:05pm)
This look a big line – even against a Suns outfit that are chasing as many balls as possible in the lottery. The Thunder are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 at home to teams with a road win percentage under .400. The Suns on the other hand are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 following a ATS loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when on 2 days rest. The Suns have remarkably won 3 of the last 4 meetings – scoring at least 114 in each of those encounters. The Wolf can see the Suns turning up and even if they fall well behind we are a chance of a back door cover with the Thunder bench less than productive.
Tip: Phoenix +10 ($1.92)

3. San Antonio @ Golden State (2:35pm)
In what would usually be a must see block buster match up, this one looks likely to disappoint. San Antonio are just not San Antonio right now. For the first time in recent memory there is unwanted drama and uncertainty surrounding this team, Kawhi is still out of action and creating headaches. To make matters worse the Spurs will likely be without Pau Gasol & Rudy Gay also. This will leave the Spurs very short handed which is hardly ideal against the greatest team of the modern era. Golden State has won 7 straight meetings against San Antonio, most recently a 17pt victory at home this season. The Wolf sees nothing to indicate any different here. This one could get ugly. Warriors by plenty!
Tip: Golden State -11.5 ($1.92)

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