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NBA Weekend Specials: Warriors face T-Wolves and Spurs

Fri, Mar 10, 4:08pm by Senior Writer

The Warriors are no longer the safest bet in the league. With the Western Conference leaders playing the double-header this weekend, there’s so much at stake. The Spurs are circling and with the Warriors faltering form they will like their chances of stealing a win. At we have channelled the basketball gods to give you the best bets for the weekend action.

Warriors @ Timberwolves

Target Centre, Minneapolis- Saturday 11 March, 12.00pm AEDT

TV: Live on ESPN

After the Warriors blew it in the fourth the other night against the Celtics, there is a realse sense of vulnerability about the team which have been odds-on title favourites all year. The Splash Brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson fell away in that match, scoring one point between them. There’s no denying that the Warriors are struggling without their man Kevin Durant.

Since Durant’s injury the Warriors have dropped three out of the last five games, including back-to-back losses to the Wizards and Bulls. The chances of the Warriors claiming another ring are now tougher without their All-Star forward.

The fallout from the Celtics game doesn’t worry Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “We just got outplayed, they turned up the defensive pressure and forced a lot of turnovers. Simple as that.” They scored just 12 points in the fourth quarter!

The Timberwolves will fancy their chances against the wounded Warriors. The T-Wolves form has been impressive over the last few weeks with a good win over the Clippers. In the win over the Clippers Karl Anthony-Towers pulled in 29 points and 14 rebounds, and the big man will be looking to take advantage of Durant’s absence. He was well-supported by Andrew Wiggins who helped himself to 20 points against the Clippers.

The markets have the Warriors as favourites at $1.48 and the Timberwolves as outsiders at $2.73

The Timberwolves will fancy their chances in this game against the Warriors. They have improved as the season progressed, and are a chance at a playoff berth. The Warriors have won nine of the past ten against them, including twice this season and you’d think they’d get the job done again.

BEST BET: Warriors to win by 1-10 – $2.41

Warriors @ Spurs

AT & T Centre, San Antonio – Sunday 12 March, 12.30pm AEDT

TV: Live on ESPN

The weary Warriors head to San Antonio with the possibility of losing the top seeding in the Western Conference. The Warriors are tired and banged up. After five games on the road and tough home games against the Celtics and Timberwolves, there are genuine questions over their championship credentials

The Spurs could have leapt above the Warriors here, only to lose to Oklahoma City on Friday (AEDT). That came a day after they came back from 28 points down against the Kings.

They struggled to contain the threat of Russell Westbrook, but would fancy their chances against the Warriors, who are still minus All-Star Kevin Durant. The Spurs have been a model of consistency going for nine consecutive wins before falling to the Thunder.

The Spurs will be hoping that Kawhi Leonard can overcome the concussion injury he sustained in the game against OKC. If he can, Kawhi and LeMarcus Aldridge will look to double team the Warriors front court and apply some heat to the Splash Brothers, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry.

The Warriors will be wary of Spurs, and coach Kerr will have his men primed for a match that could define their post season. The Dubs have been unable to close out a fourth quarter, and gave up nine turnovers in the home loss to the Celtics.

These two haven’t met since the opening game of the season where the Spurs thrashed them 129-100.

The markets haven’t been released yet, but the Spurs should have the edge with the home court advantage.

Expect this to be a thriller. Both teams have had losses to quality opposition. The home court advantage, and the second unit depth has to give the Spurs the edge. The Warriors have started strong over the last few games, but fatigue has been a factor. I’m going to tip the Spurs to come over the top of the Warriors in a tight finish.

BEST BET: Spurs to win by 1-10

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