Upcoming Free Picks

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs,
10-17-2018 - Expert Prediction

This is a past game! View all upcoming NBA games instead!

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#715 Minnesota
Timberwolves 210.5
#716 San Antonio
Spurs -2

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 8:35pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

Game Stats

Minnesota Timberwolves

0 - 0

40-44
ATS
48-38
O/U
109
PPG
107
OPPG

San Antonio Spurs

0 - 0

43-40
ATS
40-45
O/U
102
PPG
100
OPPG

Betting Trends

All NBA

No betting trends available for this game. Click here to see all available for NBA.

The San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves will tip off their 2017-18 campaigns at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Wednesday night. Perhaps the NBA’s biggest story heading into the season involves Minnesota and Jimmy Butler. As for the new-look Spurs, they may no longer be contenders in the shifting Western Conference.

Can Butler fix Wolves?

Neither party may say it out loud, but all-star guard Jimmy Butler has been a serious distraction for the Timberwolves heading into the regular season. He still has not been traded despite reiterated demands, but Butler insists he will go out there and perform as long as “Minnesota” or “Timberwolves” is still on his jersey. Trade talks with the Heat collapsed, after which Butler went on a well-publicized tirade at an ensuing practice. Owner Glen Taylor eventually sat down with the veteran this past Sunday and the two reached at least a temporary truce.

“At the end of the day, he expects me to go out there and win some basketball games,” Butler said of his boss. “I think that’s what my team expects me to do. That’s what Minnesota, the fan base, expects me to do. The fans that are not in Minnesota expect me to go out there and compete, be the fun-loving basketball player that I am. That’s what I will be.”

“All I know is when we start playing the real games, Jimmy is someone you want on your team,” former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins commented.

On paper, the Timberwolves are a force with Butler (22.2 points per game last season) in the fold, as they also feature big man Karl-Anthony Towns (21.3 ppg, 12.3 rpg) and Wiggins (17.7 ppg).

A new era

Unlike Minnesota, San Antonio is a distraction-free zone. The Spurs were dealing with a situation of their own involving star guard Kawhi Leonard, but they managed to ship him to Toronto in an offseason deal that landed the Spurs shooting guard DeMar DeRozan. It is the end of an era–again–in San Antonio, with Manu Ginobili joining Tim Duncan on the retirement sidelines, Tony Parker playing for Charlotte, and Leonard with the Raptors. DeRozan, also a four-time all-star like Butler, and power forward LaMarcus Aldridge are now the go-to guys for head coach Gregg Popovich. Initially disgruntled with his trade from Toronto, DeRozan insists he is now excited about being a member of the perennial contender and playing for Pop.

“You definitely want to be around a culture of this magnitude, play with a coach of this status, one of the greatest coaches of all time,” DeRozan noted. “To be here is definitely a blessing.”

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Spurs have won 13 of the past 14 meetings between the two teams. San Antonio small forward Rudy Gay (heel) is expected to play in the opener, while Minnesota backup center Justin Patton (foot) is sidelined indefinitely after being injured in mid-September. Perhaps the bottom line is that DeRozan is happy and Butler most definitely is not. The Spurs should start the season strong in front of their home fans.

Prediction: San Antonio Spurs

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

DeRozan replacing Leonard is certainly a downgrade on defense but San Antonio should not lose too much from an offensive standpoint. Minnesota was fifth in the Western Conference in scoring last season while finishing a mediocre ninth in scoring defense. The over is 8-2 in the Spurs’ last 10 against the Northwest Division and 5-0 in their last five playing on at least three days of rest. It is also 6-1 in Minnesota’s last seven trips to San Antonio. Look for this one to go over the total.

Prediction: Over

Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is a freelance sports writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has previously worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.

Login

Forgot Password?
Forgot your password? Enter your email and we'll send you a reset token:

Return to login
Enter the token from your email and a new password. Don't forget to check your spam folder if you didn't get the email.

Upcoming Free Picks

Bank the Bet Podcast
Friday, Nov 16
NCAAF
#315 Memphis -7
#316 SMU 73
9:00pm
View Pick
#317 Boise State -20
#318 New Mexico 62.5
9:00pm
View Pick
NBA
#701 Brooklyn Nets 220.5
#702 Washington Wizards -6.5
7:05pm
View Pick
#703 Miami Heat 212
#704 Indiana Pacers -5.5
7:05pm
View Pick
#705 Utah Jazz 216.5
#706 Philadelphia 76ers -3
7:05pm
View Pick
#707 Toronto Raptors 214
#708 Boston Celtics -2
7:05pm
View Pick
#709 Portland Trailblazers -1
#710 Minnesota Timberwolves 223.5
8:05pm
View Pick
#711 Sacramento Kings 212
#712 Memphis Grizzlies -6.5
8:05pm
View Pick
#713 New York Knicks 227.5
#714 New Orleans Pelicans -10
8:05pm
View Pick
#715 Chicago Bulls
#716 Milwaukee Bucks
9:35pm
View Pick
NCAAB
#765 Valaparaiso -5.5
#766 Monmouth 145
6:30pm
View Pick
#721 Hofstra 151
#722 Maryland -12.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#723 Wisconsin-Milwaukee
#724 Cincinnati
7:00pm
View Pick
#725 Harvard 139
#726 Rhode Island -4
7:00pm
View Pick
#727 IUPUI 144
#728 Richmond -8.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#729 St. Johns -3
#730 Rutgers 145
7:00pm
View Pick
#783 Loyola Marymount 150
#784 Georgetown -6.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#759 Purdue -7
#760 Davidson 147
7:00pm
View Pick
#775 Eastern Kentucky
#776 Kansas State
7:30pm
View Pick
#719 East Carolina
#720 Georgia Tech
7:30pm
View Pick
#717 James Madison -3
#718 Charlotte 145
7:30pm
View Pick
#731 Ole Miss 150
#732 Butler -9.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#733 UL Lafayette
#734 Kansas
8:00pm
View Pick
#735 Louisiana Tech 154.5
#736 LSU -12.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#751 Towson 149
#752 Pepperdine -3
8:00pm
View Pick
#737 Long Beach State
#738 Mississippi St
9:00pm
View Pick
#739 Arizona State -1.5
#740 San Francisco 146
9:00pm
View Pick
#767 Western Kentucky 150
#768 West Virginia -7.5
9:00pm
View Pick
#741 Oakland University 148.5
#742 UNLV -8
10:00pm
View Pick
#743 Arkansas - Little Rock
#744 Nevada
11:00pm
View Pick
NHL
#51 Boston 5.5
#52 Dallas -125
8:05pm
View Pick
#53 Buffalo 6
#54 Winnipeg -210
8:05pm
View Pick
#55 Los Angeles 6
#56 Chicago -160
8:35pm
View Pick
#57 Washington 5.5
#58 Colorado -165
9:05pm
View Pick
#59 St. Louis 5.5
#60 Vegas -155
10:05pm
View Pick
#61 Toronto -120
#62 Anaheim 5.5
10:05pm
View Pick
Saturday, Nov 17
NCAAF
#321 Pittsburgh -6.5
#322 Wake Forest 61
12:00pm
View Pick
#381 TCU 53.5
#382 Baylor -2
12:00pm
View Pick
#415 Michigan State -1
#416 Nebraska 49
12:00pm
View Pick
#387 Arkansas
#388 Mississippi St
12:00pm
View Pick
#329 Northwestern 50.5
#330 Minnesota -2
12:00pm
View Pick
#349 Ohio State -14.5
#350 Maryland 58
12:00pm
View Pick
#347 Middle Tennessee State 45
#348 Kentucky -15.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#339 USF 60
#340 Temple -14
12:00pm
View Pick
#333 Penn State
#334 Rutgers
12:00pm
View Pick
#351 NC State -16
#352 Louisville 63.5
12:20pm
View Pick
#363 Utah -7
#364 Colorado 48.5
1:30pm
View Pick
#357 FIU -5.5
#358 Charlotte 48.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#365 Utah State
#366 Colorado State
2:00pm
View Pick
#367 Syracuse 62.5
#368 Notre Dame -10
2:30pm
View Pick
#371 UTSA
#372 Marshall
2:30pm
View Pick
#369 Georgia State
#370 Appalachian State
2:30pm
View Pick
#379 Nevada -14.5
#380 San Jose State 58
3:00pm
View Pick
#405 UL Monroe 64.5
#406 Arkansas State -8
3:00pm
View Pick
#391 Louisiana Tech 46.5
#392 Southern Miss -1
3:30pm
View Pick
#419 USC -3
#420 UCLA 55
3:30pm
View Pick
#411 Miami - FL -5.5
#412 Virginia Tech 51
3:30pm
View Pick
#407 Texas State
#408 Troy
3:30pm
View Pick
#399 Boston College -1.5
#400 Florida State 49
3:30pm
View Pick
#393 Bowling Green 50.5
#394 Akron -7
3:30pm
View Pick
#389 West Virginia -5.5
#390 Oklahoma State 71
3:30pm
View Pick
#345 Missouri -6
#346 Tennessee 56.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#335 Texas Tech -6
#336 Kansas State 57
3:30pm
View Pick
#327 Virginia 55
#328 Georgia Tech -5
3:30pm
View Pick
#325 Wisconsin 51
#326 Purdue -4
3:30pm
View Pick
#323 Iowa -14.5
#324 Illinois 59
3:30pm
View Pick
#383 Tulsa 53
#384 Navy -6
3:30pm
View Pick
#319 Indiana
#320 Michigan
4:00pm
View Pick
#341 UMass
#342 Georgia
4:00pm
View Pick
#355 Liberty
#356 Auburn
4:00pm
View Pick
#361 Air Force 41
#362 Wyoming -2.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#403 Oregon State
#404 Washington
4:30pm
View Pick
#343 Georgia Southern -7
#344 Coastal Carolina 53.5
5:00pm
View Pick
#409 South Alabama 62.5
#410 UL Lafayette -18
5:00pm
View Pick
#385 UAB 47
#386 Texas A&M -16.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#331 Duke
#332 Clemson
7:00pm
View Pick
#337 UConn 65
#338 East Carolina -16.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#373 Stanford -2
#374 California 45.5
7:30pm
View Pick
#395 Rice
#396 LSU
7:30pm
View Pick
#397 Ole Miss 66.5
#398 Vanderbilt -3
7:30pm
View Pick
#401 Kansas
#402 Oklahoma
7:30pm
View Pick
#413 UTEP 47.5
#414 Western Kentucky -6.5
7:30pm
View Pick
#353 Cincinnati 59
#354 UCF -7
8:00pm
View Pick
#417 Iowa State 51
#418 Texas -2.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#359 New Mexico State
#360 BYU
10:15pm
View Pick
#375 Arizona State 63
#376 Oregon -3.5
10:30pm
View Pick
#377 Arizona 60.5
#378 Washington State -10
10:30pm
View Pick
#421 San Diego State 44.5
#422 Fresno State -14
10:30pm
View Pick
#423 UNLV 66.5
#424 Hawaii -6.5
11:00pm
View Pick
NBA
#501 Los Angeles Clippers -6
#502 Brooklyn Nets 221
6:05pm
View Pick
#503 Los Angeles Lakers -5
#504 Orlando Magic 222
7:05pm
View Pick
#505 Atlanta Hawks 219
#506 Indiana Pacers -12
7:05pm
View Pick
#509 Philadelphia 76ers 226
#510 Charlotte Hornets -2
7:05pm
View Pick
#513 Sacramento Kings 218.5
#514 Houston Rockets -12
8:05pm
View Pick
#515 Toronto Raptors
#516 Chicago Bulls
8:05pm
View Pick
NCAAB
#523 William & Mary
#524 Notre Dame
12:00pm
View Pick
#543 Michigan
#544 George Washington
12:00pm
View Pick
#545 South Carolina
#546 Providence
2:30pm
View Pick
#521 Drexel
#522 La Salle
4:00pm
View Pick
#527 St. Louis
#528 Seton Hall
8:00pm
View Pick
NHL
#19 Edmonton 6
#20 Calgary -135
10:05pm
View Pick
Sunday, Nov 18
NFL
#451 Carolina Panthers -4.5
#452 Detroit Lions 50.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#453 Dallas Cowboys 47.5
#454 Atlanta Falcons -3
1:00pm
View Pick
#455 Cincinnati Bengals
#456 Baltimore Ravens
1:00pm
View Pick
#461 Tennessee Titans 47.5
#462 Indianapolis Colts -1
1:00pm
View Pick
#463 Houston Texans -3
#464 Washington Redskins 43
1:00pm
View Pick
#465 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 52
#466 New York Giants -1.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#471 Pittsburgh Steelers -5
#472 Jacksonville Jaguars 47.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#467 Denver Broncos 47
#468 Los Angeles Chargers -7
4:05pm
View Pick
#469 Oakland Raiders 41
#470 Arizona Cardinals -5.5
4:05pm
View Pick
#459 Philadelphia Eagles 54.5
#460 New Orleans Saints -8.5
4:25pm
View Pick
#457 Minnesota Vikings 45.5
#458 Chicago Bears -3
8:20pm
View Pick
Monday, Nov 19
NFL
#473 Kansas City Chiefs 63.5
#474 Los Angeles Rams -2.5
8:15pm
View Pick