Basketball Betting -Warriors Need to Be On Their Toes Against T-Wolves

Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors 2014
The Golden State Warriors failed in their attempt at overthrowing the Portland Trail Blazers for the #5 spot in the Western Conference playoff queue, and now they will turn their attention to holding onto the #6 spot as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in basketball betting action that is scheduled to begin at 10:35 PM ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Golden State has a 49-31 straight-up record with two games left to play, and they are just a half game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks and one game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies, so it is conceivable that they could actually finish in eighth place, which would bring them the San Antonio Spurs as a first-round playoff opponent. That isn’t at all likely, since Dallas and Memphis meet up in the season finale on Wednesday, however. The Warriors have managed to keep their heads above water against the basketball pointspread, with a 40-38-2 mark.

Minnesota is quite possibly playing its last couple of game for head coach Rick Adelman, who may announce his retirement. But they didn’t play like it last night as they fell by three points to the Sacramento Kings, which is where Adelman did most of his winning as an NBA coach. The T-Wolves still have a chance to finish over .500, and it would be the second straight year for that, but at 40-40 they have to win both remaining games.

In the basketball betting lines that have been established on this game by the folks at Get That Bet, the Warriors are the solid favorites at home:

Basketball Betting Lines Courtesy of Get That Bet USA Online Sportsbook

Golden State Warriors -7.5
Minnesota Timberwolves +7.5

Over 211.5 points -110

Under 211.5 points -110

If there is a prevailing question in this game, it might involve how resilient the Warriors can be after losing a thrilling overtime game at Portland on Sunday night. And can they expect a lot more in the way of heroics from superstar guard Stephen Curry, who scored 47 points, his season high, in that game? NBA bettors know that it may or may not be all that important for Golden State to hang on to that #6 spot at all costs, but at some point coach Mark Jackson may decide to limit the toll on his starters, especially those that have been suffering through injuries throughout the season, such as Andrew Bogut, David Lee, Andre Iguodala, and yes, Curry as well.

Get That Bet customers have been reading for weeks about the high expectations the Warriors’ ownership have, and that Jackson, whose personality has been somewhat abrasive with some people within the organization, may have to do better than a first-round playoff exit to get an extension to his contract. So there is pressure all around.

The injury question also has to come up when basketball bettors discuss Minnesota’s power forward, Kevin Love, who had 43 points last night as he returned to the lineup last night following a hyperextended elbow. He is expected to play, but Nikola Pekovic, who has been so effective at the center spot, is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury.

The last time these teams played, it was in Oakland, and the Wolves pulled out a 121-120 win on a last-second shot by Kevin Martin, who is listed as probable for this game (foot injury). Martin, who has been an invaluable part of this Timberwolves team, had 26 points in that game. And then there is Corey Brewer, who exploded for 51 points in a two-point win over Houston just three nights ago. Do you think he’ll do that again?

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