NBA Games of the Week Feature Timberwolves vs Spurs

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

By Kyle Markus
BETCRIS NBA Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs

The Western Conference playoff race is a muddled scene currently, with several different teams not only jockeying for position but also to qualify for the postseason. Two games with a lot on the line will be shown on national television over the weekend.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will hit the road to face off against the San Antonio Spurs. Minnesota is hanging on to the No. 6 seed currently while San Antonio has slid outside of the top eight seeds. The Spurs have gone from expected contender to possible lottery team but have some time to right the ship. It would be huge to do so in this one.

The Portland Trail Blazers are one of the hottest teams in the NBA and they would love to secure the No., 3 seed. They will hit the road to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers, a team that is clinging to one of the West’s final spots.

These games are critical to all four teams involved. Let’s dig deeper into these matchups in NBA odds.

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs

Date and Time: Saturday, March 17, 2018, 8:30 p.m. ET

Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texa

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Timberwolves vs. Spurs Rockets TV Coverage: NBATV

The Timberwolves are 40-29 overall this season and have gone 32-35-2 against the spread. They are just 14-21 on the road this season and will aim to buck that trend against San Antonio.

The Spurs are 38-30 on the season and 32-32-4 against the spread. San Antonio has won just three games in its past 10 outings to slide to the No. 9 spot in the West.

Key Stat

1996-97. That’s the last time the Spurs missed the playoffs. They have played most of the season without star forward Kawhi Leonard, and while he is close to returning, it remains to be seen if he will be available for this one. If he plays, that is a huge boost to Leonard’s chances in this game and down the stretch. San Antonio needs a win to get closer to a playoff spot.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs Free Picks

The Spurs have struggled this season but they should be fine in this one. Take San Antonio to come away with a much-needed victory at home.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs ATS Pick: Spurs to cover

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs Score Prediction: Spurs 107, Timberwolves 100

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Date and Time: Sunday, March 18, 2018, 10:30 p.m. ET

Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

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Blazers vs. Clippers TV Coverage: NBATV

The Trail Blazers are 41-26 straight up and 37-26-4 against the spread. Portland has gone 18-15 on the road this season so it should feel good about its chances.

The Clippers are 37-29 straight up 36-30 straight up. Los Angeles has covered in 16 of its 34 chances at home this season.

The Clippers have won three straight games.

Player To Watch

Damian Lillard -- The Blazers’ guard has put together a terrific season. He is averaging 26.9 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per contest. Lillard has developed into one of the best players in the NBA and the Clippers will need to keep him in check. Lillard has scored at least 28 points in each of his past four games and should keep it rolling in this one.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers Free Picks

The Clippers should keep this one close at home but Portland is playing at a high level. Take the Trail Blazers to pull off a critical road win as they keep on pushing for a No. 3 seed.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers ATS Pick: Take the Blazers to cover

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers Score Prediction: Blazers 111, Clippers 103

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