Timberwolves vs Warriors NBA Odds & Expert Pick for Friday Night

Timberwolves vs Warriors NBA Odds & Expert Pick for Friday Night

Written by on November 2, 2018

A clearly revitalized Derrick Rose and the young Minnesota Timberwolves will look to keep up their impressive play to get the big upset over Steph Curry and the loaded two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors when the two teams square off on Friday night. If you want to know whether Rose and company can cover the NBA Spread or get the outright win or whether Curry and the Dubs are the right pick, let’s get to my expert prediction right now. 

Timberwolves vs Warriors NBA Odds & Expert Pick for Friday Night

  • When: Friday, November 2, 2018, 10:30 PM ET
  • Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
  • TV: ESPN
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Odds: Golden State -11.5 (Total 243.5)

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Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: Golden State leads 7-3
  • Score: Minnesota 108.70 / Golden State 116.30
  • Field Goal Percentage: Minnesota 45.48 / Golden State 50.40
  • Rebounds: Minnesota 43.70 / Golden State 43.00
  • 3 Point Shots: Minnesota 62-201 / Golden State 129-316
  • Steals: Minnesota 8.30 / Golden State 9.10

Why Bet On The Minnesota Timberwolves?

Why should you bet on Minnesota in this contest? Well, the T-Wolves are getting 11 points and only average nine fewer points per game than the Warriors. Another good reason to back Minnesota is that they’ve played their best two games of the season in winning two straight prior to this contest. Last but not least, I guess it’s possible the T-Wolves could get another memorable performance from veteran point guard Derrick Rose after the 2011 MVP went off for a career-high 50 points in a 128-125 win at Utah on Halloween night. Rose’s performance was so phenomenal that he had players across the league raving about the oft-maligned, but fearless floor leader.

“D-Rose is the man,” center Karl-Anthony Towns told reporters. “The legend. Myth. Vintage. It was numbing. I never realized something like that in my life. The man was just out there floating. It seemed like he couldn’t do no wrong.”

Rose shot 19-of-31 from the floor in 41 minutes on Wednesday and knocked down four 3-pointers while Anthony-Towns added 28 points with 16 rebounds and four assists and Andrew Wiggins chipped in 19 points. Minnesota also expects to have disgruntled superstar Jimmy Butler back on the floor on Friday night after he missed Wednesday’s game for reasons that are still unknown, but almost surely related to his wanting to be traded. 

Why Bet On The Golden State Warriors?

Why should you bet on the Warriors to hold it down as a double-digit home favorite? Well, damn, there are a bunch of great reasons. First, as previously mentioned, Golden State averages nine points per game more than Minnesota. That’s not all though as the Dubs also give up almost seven fewer points per game defensively than Minnesota does. Then, there’s the fact that Golden State has won six straight while covering the spread in two straight and five of six overall.

The Warriors beat New Orleans 131-121 on Wednesday night as Steph Curry scored a team-high 37 points and dished out nine assists while Kevin Durant added 24 points with eight assists. Shooting guard Klay Thompson added 18 points one game after setting an NBA record with 14 three-pointers in a 149-124 blowout win over Chicago on Monday. Last but not least, do-it-all, all-star forward Draymond Green had a fine game with 16 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.

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“I thought he was probably the best player on the floor tonight,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters of Green. “I know other guys had some big point totals and all that, but this was not a very clean game for us and when the game gets a little grimy that seems to be when Draymond is at his best. We needed his grit, his rebounding, his defense and he came through in a big way.” 

Timberwolves vs Warriors NBA Betting Trends

  • Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 9 games on the road
  • Golden State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State’s last 5 games

Expert Analysis & Score Prediction for Timberwolves vs Warriors

I’m not going to lie. After watching Derrick Rose go off for 50 the other night – and then make an emotional on-court speech afterward I’d like nothing better than to see D-Rose keep up his fantastic play and lead Minnesota to a big upset in this contest. Unfortunately, I just don’t see it happening against the clearly superior Warriors.

Hell, before I go any further, it’s clear that every player in the league would love to see Rose continue to play at such a high level after he battled injuries for years following his 2011 MVP season.

Every Basketball fan in the world should feel good for D-Rose. Tonight was an example of never giving up on yourself and when others believe in you. Amazing things can happen. I’m smiling like I scored 50! Congrats to a good dude! – Dwyane Wade

This is so dope Man! Can’t imagine the down days, weeks, months and years he went through. 50 ball!! So much respect bro – Steph Curry

Any kid that’s going through anything in life (adversity) you can look at that performance. Derrick Rose showed why he’s still a superhero – LeBron James.

Minnesota is just 8-20 ATS in their last 28 road games while the Warriors have gone 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Head to head, the home team in this series is a near-perfect 5-0-1 ATS in the last six meetings and even though the Timberwolves are 9-3-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings, I’m feeling like Golden State is a near-lock to win this one and cover the chalk! Still, I wanna’ say, go D-Rose!

Score: Minnesota 120 – Golden State 133