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Timberwolves vs. Mavericks Pick NBA – Feb 28th

Technically, last night was a push. But if you stayed up and watched the end of the Warriors vs. Thunder game, you are definitely a winner. How great was last night’s game? If you watched, you already know, if you missed it, the highlights won’t do it justice, so let me try to sum it up in one incredible sentence. Steph Curry tied the NBA record for the most three pointers made in a single game (12) with a 32-foot buzzer beater in overtime to give the Warriors the road win in a game they led for a total of 23 seconds.

There was about 30 other jaw-dropping plays and moments in the game that I won’t try to describe or diminish with words, but let’s just leave the overall takeaways at two: First, the Warriors, aside from Curry, struggled mightily, yet they STILL found a way to win on the road against what many perceive as the team with the best chance to beat the Dubs in a series. Secondly, if we can get games even HALF as good as this one, it is going to be one of the most amazing postseasons ever.

Let’s see if we can wrap up the week in winning fashion with a Sunday winner.

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Today’s Free Pick:

Minnesota Timberwolves at Dallas Mavericks -6.5

The T’Wolves have shown some real signs of progress and growth lately, winning five of nine and starting to show some scary glimpses of what is possible from the duo of Wiggins and Towns. Suffice it to say, the league should be put on notice. The Wolves are a piece and a year or two away from being really dangerous. But in the here and now, the winning streak is nice, but are the really ready to go on the road and win a back-to-back at a rested playoff team’s house?

Probably not.

Dallas has regressed mightily to the mean since their hot start, but are still in the playoff mix and trying to hold off Portland, Houston and Utah to get into the postseason in decent position (i.e. NOT 8th – see Warriors hyperbole above). But they are still 17-12 at home straight up and a nice 17-11-1 ATS at home. Meanwhile, the Timberpups, like most young teams, struggle on the road at just 9-20 away from Minnesota. Add in the fatigue factor, and it seems tough to see them getting a win tonight.   The seven point margin would feel about right on an even-fatigue night, and I’d probably even lean toward Minny. But not tonight. I’ll take Dallas with the home gym and the fresh legs to win and cover.

Free Pick: Dallas Mavericks -6.5