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2021 NBA Handicapping
(16-17) Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (15-17)
Date: Monday, December 27th, 2021
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Target Center
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -400 | Timberwolves +320 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -8.5 / Timberwolves +8.5
NBA Betting Total: 216
The Boston Celtics will be on the road to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, December 27th.
The tip-off is set for 8:00 ET from Target Center.
Boston started off as an 8.5 point favorite and that number has really not changed. The total has gone from 221.5 to 216.5.
The Celtics have simply not played up to their capability this year. They have been a very frustrating team to watch because they could be playing a whole lot better than they have been.
This is a club that has lost two of their last three games. They have to rattle off a lot of wins in a row this year. It has been a lot of trading W’s and L’s which is not going to get it done.
The combination of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown is certainly a very good one, but it has proven to not be enough to win a title. They are going to have to acquire more talent if they want to make a run at it.
A plaguing issue for the Celtics this year has been the inability to hold leads. For whatever reason, they just cannot seem to hold on to one, even if they are up by a decent amount. If that does not get fixed, they will keep on being a middling squad.
Boston lost on Christmas day to the Milwaukee Bucks by a score of 117-113. That game was a perfect example of one they should have won, but they could not hold on to the lead.
Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown had 25 points in the loss to Milwaukee. Marcus Smart chipped in 19 points and 7 assists as well.
The Timberwolves have certainly played better than they have in past years, but they still have not been great. Just like with the Celtics, this team has not been consistent enough this year.
Minnesota comes into this game with a record of 15-17, which puts them in 9th place in the Western Conference. As of right now, I do not feel this team would get all that far in the playoffs.
I do feel that this team has a lot of talent, but they still need that one player that would make them get even better. I do not feel they have enough on their roster right now to make out of the West.
This squad last played on December 23rd, where they lost to the Utah Jazz by a score of 128-116. They will once again be challenged on Monday when they face off with a solid Celtics team.
The offense was not the issue in the last game, but the defense was pretty bad. You cannot allow almost 130 points and expect to win games in the NBA.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Celtics are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The Celtics are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games against Minnesota.
- The Timberwolves are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games when playing at home against Boston.
- The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference.
Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Analysis:
The Celtics really have to start playing better basketball. With that said, I am interested to see how they respond after a tough loss to the Bucks on Christmas day.
Considering how short-handed the Timberwolves are, Boston really needs to be able to take care of them. There are no excuses to not take care of their business.
Other players are going to have to step up for Minnesota if they are going to have a chance to win the game. I am really not sold on that happening, though.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics ATS
Given how many players are missing for the home team here, I really like the Celtics. I feel like they will be able to take control of the game as it goes on.
The 8.5 may seem high here, but I like it. I just am not sure how Minnesota is going to be able to score all that many points here.
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