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NBA Wednesday Specials: T-Wolves and Celtics to Salute   

Tue, Jan 16, 8:27am by Staff Writer

The Timberwolves (29-16) head to Florida on the crest of a five-game streak. The Timberwolves are one of the big improvers of the season and sit in the top four.

The Timberwolves rolled past the Blazers (120-103) at home, extending an impressive performance. The T-Wolves have notched up some impressive victories at home, including a blow-out against the Cavs (127-99).

The Timberwolves are sharing the work on offence. Jimmy Butler had 24 points against the Blazers, Jeff Teague scored 22 and Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points.

The Timberwolves have 17.8 average winning margin over their last five games.

It’s tough work for Magic fans at the moment. The Magic are in a seven-game slump. The Magic have one of the worst records in the league behind Atlanta, losing 27 of their last 31.

The Magic have their eyes on NBA draft and the trade deadline.

The one bright spark for the Magic is the form of Aaron Gordon. Gordon helped himself to 14 points in the loss to the Wizards (125-119)

Expect the Timberwolves to keep the foot on the gas, as they look to secure their playoff future.

The Magic will have a tough time with the match-ups on Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, and Karl-Anthony Towns.

The Timberwolves will be strong favourites and should clear the line at 11 points.

The Timberwolves will be too strong for the Magic.

Best Bet: Timberwolves to cover -11 points and below

New Orleans Pelicans at Boston Celtics

Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 10.30am at TD Garden, Boston

The Pelicans have put together back to back wins on the road against the Blazers and Knicks. They’ll be wanting to add the Celtics to that list.

Anthony Davis warmed up for the Celtics with 48 points against the Knicks (123-118) at Madison Square Garden.

Davis lead the Pelicans from 19-points down and closed out the game in the third period of overtime. Jrue Holiday had 31 points, and DeMarcus Cousins grabbed 15-points.

The Pelicans are 11-11 on the road and come up against a Celtics side with a formidable record at home (18-5).

The Celtics will be happy to be on more familiar ground, after disposing of the 76ers (114-103) in London.

Kyrie Irving had 20 points and Jaylen Brown added 21 points against the 76ers.

The Celtics have injury questions over Al Horford and Brown. They’ll need them both back on court for the match-up with Cousins.

The last time the Celtics won in London they went onto win the title that season. The Celtics came back from 22-points down. Possibly an omen for a team looking to win a ring this season.

This will be a tight clash, but you cannot go past the Celtics home record. Kyrie Irving has stepped out of LeBron’s shadow to lead a serious contender for the Warrior’s crown.

Take the Celtics for a narrow win.

Best bet: Celtics to win

*Sportsbet odds will be posted when they become available

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