Minnesota Timberwolves (39-29) Vs. Washington Wizards (38-29): Game Information and Betting Picks
As we head into the homestretch of the NBA season, the number of available playoff spots is starting to decrease. The top teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences have already booked their tickets, which has the teams sitting below those spots now scrambling for position. In the Eastern Conference, the Washington Wizards appear to be safely in a playoff spot, as they have a 7 1/e game buffer between themselves and the playoff line. This is a team that is not playing particularly well right now, though, which is why they need to get back to winning ways to ensure that they don’t get dragged down into the playoff dogfight. Tuesday night will see the Wizards host the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team holding on to a slightly more precarious spot over in the Western Conference. The playoff battle there is about as tight as it gets, with the T-wolves a game and a half above the playoff line in the #5 seed. This is a match-up that is important for both teams, as they both look to cement a spot that would see them into the postseason. So, let’s take a closer look at this games, NBA betting lines, and predictions.
What: Minnesota Timberwolves (39-29) Vs. Washington Wizards (38-29)
When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 7:00 P.M ET
What: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
TV: NBATV, FSN, CNSW.
The Line: TBA
Why bet on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves would be in a much better spot if they could just play as well on the road as they do in their own building. Minnesota has a sparkling 26-8 record at home yet have somehow managed to fall 8 games below .500 when playing on the road. Despite all of that they are currently occupying the #5 seed in the West, just two games back of the #3 spot, but also just a game and a half above the playoff line, which tell you all you need to know about just how tight the Western Conference is right now. The Timberwolves lost to the Wizards earlier this season, but this is a match-up that has seen the season series split into each of the last 5 seasons. If that trend holds, then we can perhaps expect to see Minnesota pick up a rather rare road victory.
Why bet on the Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards have fallen off the pace a little in the Eastern Conference, going just 5-5 in their last 10 games. As mentioned earlier, they are in a comfortable spot in regards making the playoffs, but this is a team looking to get back to the #4 spot so that they can get home court advantage in the opening round. One way to do that would be to take advantage of their home games, where they have gone 19-14 this season. This is a team that is consistent at home and on the road, but they would like to turn their own building into more of a fortress than it has been to this point in the season. The Wizards have gone 14-11 against teams from the East this season and are playing .500 ball against teams with a winning record.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Given how the Wizard is playing right now, I am not so sure that playing at home is much of an advantage for them. I think Minnesota can go in there and maintain the trend of the season split with Washington.
Predicted Score: Minnesota Timberwolves 107 Washington Wizards 106.