The Minnesota Timberwolves (7-3) head to ORACLE Arena to clash against the Golden State Warriors (7-3). The Timberwolves will attempt to lengthen their five-game winning streak. Golden State is an 11-point favorite on the opening line, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 229 points. Action gets underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Preview
The Timberwolves had no trouble getting past the Charlotte Hornets in their last contest, 112-94. With 18 points, 12 assists and five rebounds, Minnesota’s Jeff Teague had a good outing. Minnesota played a nearly flawless game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.313 (above their season average of 0.236) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.6 (above their season average of 25.5). Charlotte put up marks of 0.126 and 16.0, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Warriors’ last game, they dismantled the Denver Nuggets, 127-108. Golden State received a boost from Kevin Durant, who was the top scorer from either team with 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting. The Warriors had a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.648 (above their season average of 0.602) and had a turnover percentage of 11.7 (better than their season average of 15.3).
The prolific offense of Golden State (first in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 118.5) will go head-to-head against the porous defense of Minnesota (24th in the league with a defensive efficiency of 108.3). The Warriors should have the edge on that end of the court.
Games involving these teams tend to go over the projected point total. Minnesota games have finished over 60.0 percent of the time, while Golden State games have finished over 63.6 percent of the time. Both teams have very similar records straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS). The Timberwolves are 7-3 SU and 5-4-1 ATS, while the Warriors are 7-3 SU and 5-6 ATS.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Warriors won three out of four games last season. In the most recent game, Golden State won 121-107. Golden State launched 32 three pointers, making 14 of them (43.8 percent), while Minnesota was 4-19 (21.1 percent).
Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Warriors, ATS Winner – Timberwolves, O/U – Over
- The Warriors rank first in assists per game (31.5) while the Timberwolves rank 23rd in assists allowed per game (23.9).
- Minnesota ranks fifth in points in the paint per game (46.8) while Golden State ranks 21st in points allowed in the paint per game (47.2).
- Golden State ranks first in blocks per game (8.6) while Minnesota ranks 21st (4.1).
- Minnesota ranks second in rebounds allowed per game (40.5) while Golden State ranks eighth (42.3).
- On the road, Minnesota is 2-2-1 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
- Golden State is 1-4 ATS at home with 3 overs and 2 unders.
- Minnesota is 4-0 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Golden State is 1-0.
- When reaching 100 points, the Timberwolves are 7-2 and the Warriors are 7-3.
- The Timberwolves rank seventh in second chance points per game (14.3) while the Warriors rank 27th in second chance points allowed per game (15.4).
- Golden State ranks first in fast break points per game (25.7) while Minnesota ranks 29th (6.2).
- The Warriors rank second in three pointers attempted per game (33.6) while the Timberwolves rank 27th (23.0).
- The Timberwolves rank 13th in steals per game (8.2) while the Warriors rank 19th in steals allowed per game (8.8).
- Golden State ranks seventh in points off turnovers per game (19.1) while Minnesota ranks 29th in points off turnovers allowed per game (21.9).
- Golden State is 4-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Minnesota is 4-0-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
- The Warriors’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.4, up from 9.4 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Timberwolves have scored an average of 114.4 points per game (5.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 105.8 points per game (4.0 below their season average).