Is Karl-Anthony Towns playing today? Towns is listed as questionable as the Timberwolves (40-40) head to San Antonio to take on the Spurs. (21-59). The game is expected to tip-off at 04:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 8th, 2023.
With the Timberwolves expected to mount a last ditch effort to clinch the eighth seed from the New Orleans Pelicans, the Spurs will need to overcome a huge 13.5 point spread.
The ninth seed Timberwolves are two games shy of the eighth seed Pelicans, with just two games remaining in the Timberwolves regular season. With Devin Vassell (knee), Jeremy Sochan (knee) both listed as out for the game and Keldon Johnson (foot) listed as questionable, the T-wolves will be coming up against a half strength Spurs.
Minnesota could be without Towns, a familiar occurrence for Anthony Edwards who has led the Timberwolves in Towns’ absence this season. Edwards is averaging 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals.
ODDS AND PREDICTIONS
The Spurs are currently facing a shortage of players due to injuries and have been deliberately losing games for a while.
Meanwhile, Minnesota is engaged in a close competition to secure either the seventh or eighth spot, which would provide them with two opportunities to win a game in the playoffs. As a result, it is expected that the Timberwolves will come out strong and take an early lead against San Antonio.
Despite losing two out of three games to the Spurs this season, this version of the Spurs will be missing several key players, allowing the Timberwolves to use their size advantage with Gobert in the post. The statistics suggest that the Timberwolves, as a road favorite, have a 7-6 record against the spread, while the Spurs, as a home underdog, have a 17-17 record.
Both teams ability to cover the spread makes this game tough to pick, but given the considerable size of the spread, the Spurs should be able to cover comfortably.
Spread: Timberwolves -13.5
Moneyline: Timberwolves -1099, Spurs +700
Pick: Spurs +13.5
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