Timberwolves vs Celtics – NBA Pick for January 5th

Minnesota Timberwolves (24-15) at Boston Celtics (31-10)

The betting line information used for this article was taken from sportsbetting.ag at 8:30 AM PST on 1-5-18. Some odds may have changed.

We lost last night in a tough one. We were on the Clippers at home, they entered the fourth quarter with the lead but let it slip away as the Thunder were just too strong down the stretch. It appeared the back to backs didn’t slow down the Thunder, and they had plenty of energy late to steal the game on the road. It really feels like this Oklahoma City team is starting to get its act together and the rest of the NBA better be on notice, they have enough talent to win it all. Today we will be breaking down a matchup of two of the best teams in the association, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Boston Celtics.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will travel to the Boston Garden to face the Celtics tonight in a matchup of two very good teams. At 24-15 the Wolves are leading the Northwest Division and look like they could very well be a top three seed out west this year.

The Celtics are thriving as well as they sit atop the Atlantic Division and are tied for the most wins in the NBA with Golden State, at 31 wins. The Celtics are -3-point home favorites. The game total over-under is set at 206 points. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 PM PST from the TD Boston Garden.

The Boston Celtics are really good at home. Their 17 home wins on the season is tied for the most home wins of any team. As has usually historically been the case, you don’t just roll into Boston and leave with a victory. The Cleveland Cavaliers felt that pain two nights ago as they came into Boston and Lebron and company got spanked by double digits.

One player that has flown a bit under the radar in Boston with all of their stars has been Marcus Smart. Smart is making a case for 6th man of the year coming off the bench for Boston. Smart is getting over 30 minutes a game and does a great job filling up the stat sheet with points, rebounds, assists, and steals. He has been the glue that keeps the second team together, and that has been a big reason why the Celtics have been so tough to beat this year. Smart and the rest of the Celtics will be looking to hold back one of the best young teams in the NBA tonight, the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Wolves expected big things this year when they brought in Jimmy Butler to go with their own young stars Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. The baby big-3 has been explosive this season for the Wolves, and they have their eyes set on a Western Conference title. I personally don’t think they are quite ready to compete on that level yet, but they have the best young core of talent in the NBA.

Here is a fun stat for you, the last time the Minnesota Timberwolves won at Boston, Karl Anthony Towns was just nine years old. Yeah, Minnesota just doesn’t win in Boston, ever.

The Boston Celtics are currently the best team in the Eastern Conference. They just might be the best team in the NBA as well. I’m not saying that they are going to win it all, playoff basketball is a whole other animal. But right now, this very minute, in the regular season? The Boston Celtics are the best team. They are beating teams up with ease. They seem motivated to lock up that number one seed, and they don’t take games off, especially not at home.

This line opened at Celtics -3.5 and has shifted slightly as it now sits at -3. That’s a little surprising to me considering how well the Celtics play at home. I think Boston will be too much for the Wolves tonight and will win this game fairly easily, and I appreciate getting the extra half a point discount.

Minnesota is coming off of a loss on the road to a bad Brooklyn Nets team, and if they give a similar performance tonight in Boston, they will get blown out. Tonight, I am sticking with the hot hand and the best team in the NBA. Give me the Boston Celtics laying -3 points at home.

The Bet: Boston Celtics -3 points

Jason Gray / Author

Jason is a true Las Vegas insider as he has called the sports betting capital of the world his home for sixteen years. Jason started out his career in gaming by running the biggest poker tournaments in the world and managing some of the biggest sportsbooks on the strip. Jason has transitioned out of casino operations and has been covering sports betting for the sports geek for just over two years. His main focus is on baseball, college basketball, and the NFL