San Antonio Spurs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Tip-off: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 – 9:00 PM ET
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
As of right now, the San Antonio Spurs own a 10-game winning streak and the NBA’s best record as they take their games away from home. However, YouWager line movers believe that the best news for bettors is that Tim Duncan just might play during the trek.
However, it’s still not clear if Duncan will suit up for the opener after he suffered a traumatizing injury. Even so, San Antonio still shouldn’t expect much trouble tonight when they meet the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves.
The 36 year-old player was down for several minutes after Washington Wizards’ Martell Webster rolled into the back of his legs in the second quarter of Saturday’s 96-86 win. Duncan had to be helped to the locker room.
Yet, an MRI conducted over the weekend showed no structural damage. Duncan suffered only a mild right ankle sprain and is listed as day to day with a sore knee. Thusly, he wasn’t able to play the four previous NBA games.
Nevertheless, Duncan was shooting jumpers at practice earlier this week, and the team has yet to say when he is expected to play. One member of the San Antonio team said he would not be shocked if coach Gregg Popovich played Duncan on Wednesday.
This is the first of nine straight games away from home — broken up by All-Star weekend — while the rodeo takes over the AT&T Center. San Antonio was 8-1 on 2012’s trip and have never had a losing record on this extended road swing, which they first took in 2003.
Minnesota (18-27), a team that has lost in 12 of 14, hasn’t beat the Spurs without Kevin Love since 2007. Love, out with a broken hand, averaged 21.0 points and 15.5 rebounds in two victories over the Spurs last season after the Timberwolves had lost 16 straight in the series.
The T-Wolves other starting forward also could be sidelined. Andrei Kirilenko strained his right quadriceps in Monday’s 100-98 home defeat versus the Portland Trail Blazers and did not make it back to the court.
Ricky Rubio tied a career high with 14 assists and added a NBA season-best 15 points. Dante Cunningham, 20 of 27 from the field in the last two games, scored a career-high 23 as the Timberwolves nearly overcame a 19-point deficit in the fourth quarter.