Just a mini-slate of five games tonight, but a couple of real heavy hitters back-to-back on TNT. There’s sure to be plenty of casual bettors piling on the Celtics-Timberwolves and Spurs-Warriors games, that’s for sure. Maybe they aren’t even watching for the basketball, just for Charles Barkley before he’s forced to cover March Madness.
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The Main Events
BOSTON CELTICS (-2) AT MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES | O/U: 214.5
8 p.m. ET | TNT
What I’m watching for: Al Horford struggles in one-on-one situations against physically dominant, skilled big men. Karl-Anthony Towns suffers against quick, smart, mobile opponents. Something’s got to give.
Meanwhile, with the Wolves still without Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving is going to have a field day. Don’t be surprised if Jeff Teague winds up in foul trouble going over screens trying to contest Irving pull-ups, but that might be a blessing in disguise for the Wolves. Back-up PG Tyus Jones is wiry and more capable of giving Irving fits, plus he’s more likely to push the tempo up the floor and punish Irving for his diving layups that result in him falling down.
I expect Jayson Tatum to cook Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins will get his points as well against the young Celtics defenders, but I’m not sure the plus-minus is going to draw out in a way that benefits Minnesota. — Matt Moore