Celtics vs Timberwolves Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Friday, December 23, 2022

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The Boston Celtics (22-10) host the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-16) at TD Garden on Friday, December 23, 2022. The contest tips at 7:30 PM ET and airs on NBCS. The Celtics are 10-point favorites in the game. The matchup’s point total is set at 229.5.

How to bet Celtics vs. Timberwolves

Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 10 points, with oddsmakers listing the Celtics as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -473 odds to pick up the win, while the Timberwolves are listed at +363 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 229.5 points.

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Celtics vs. Timberwolves Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, December 23, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: NBCS
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Arena: TD Garden

Celtics vs. Timberwolves Betting Trends

The Celtics have played 32 games, with 17 wins against the spread. Boston has been chosen as the favorite in 30 games this year and has walked away with the win 20 times (66.7%) in those games. Celtics games this year have hit the over 53.1% of the time (17 out of 32 games with a set point total).

In the Timberwolves’ 32 games this year, they have 13 wins against the spread. Minnesota has compiled a 5-9 record in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 35.7% of those games). Timberwolves games this year have gone over the total in 13 of 32 opportunities (40.6%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players

Celtics

Celtics Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jayson Tatum 30 30.6 8.1 4.1 1.1 0.9 3.3
Jaylen Brown 30 26.2 7.5 3.5 1.2 0.5 2.4
Malcolm Brogdon 27 14 4.1 3.8 0.6 0.3 1.9
Marcus Smart 28 11.8 3.3 7.3 1.3 0.4 1.9
Al Horford 23 9.7 6.2 2.7 0.4 1.1 2

Timberwolves

Timberwolves Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Anthony Edwards 32 23 6 4.5 1.8 0.4 2.5
D’Angelo Russell 30 16.5 3.1 6.4 1.2 0.5 2.3
Rudy Gobert 27 14.3 12.3 0.9 0.9 1.3 0
Jaylen Nowell 32 11.5 2.8 2.1 0.7 0.1 1.2
Jaden McDaniels 29 10.9 3.4 1.5 1.1 1.1 1.2
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Celtics: Marcus Smart: Questionable (Illness), Danilo Gallinari: Out (Knee)

Timberwolves: Rudy Gobert: Questionable (Ankle), Kyle Anderson: Questionable (Back), Jordan McLaughlin: Out (Calf), Karl-Anthony Towns: Out (Calf), Taurean Prince: Out (Shoulder), Eric Paschall: Out (Ankle)

What you need to know about the Boston Celtics

Boston has been led by its offense, as it ranks second-best in the NBA by scoring 118 points per game. It ranks 13th in the league in points allowed (112.3 per contest). The Celtics average 121.8 points per game at home, compared to 114.2 points per game when playing on the road, a difference of 7.6 points per contest. The Celtics have seen a downturn in scoring recently, racking up 109.5 points per game in their last 10 outings, 8.5 points fewer than the 118 they’ve scored this season.

Boston is top-five this year in three-point shooting, ranking second-best in the league with 15.9 treys per game. Meanwhile, it ranks sixth with a 37.9% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. The Celtics are attempting 45.7 two-pointers per game this year, which account for 52.2% of the shots they’ve attempted (and 62% of the team’s baskets). Meanwhile, they are attempting 41.9 treys per contest, which are 47.8% of their shots (and 38% of the team’s buckets).

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What you need to know about the Minnesota Timberwolves

Offensively Minnesota is the 11th-ranked team in the league (114.9 points per game). Defensively it is 21st (115.5 points conceded per game). At home the Timberwolves are scoring 117 points per game, 4.4 more than they are averaging on the road (112.6). While the Timberwolves are scoring 114.9 points per game in 2022-23, they have bettered that mark over their previous 10 games, producing 116.2 a contest.

Minnesota makes 11.1 3-pointers per game and shoots 34.2% from beyond the arc, ranking 23rd and 24th, respectively, in the NBA. The Timberwolves take 37.4% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 62.6% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 26.1% of the Timberwolves’ baskets are 3-pointers, and 73.9% are 2-pointers.

Our prediction to win this game is the Celtics, and we project that Celtics will cover the spread (Celtics -10). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 229.5 points.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Smullen

Hailing all the way from Dublin, Ireland, Dan Smullen has BSC. in the Sports and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick. He is data obsessed. In the past he has worked both as a video performance analyst and provided biometric performance testing and analysis for professional rugby teams. Dan is obsessed about helping the average punter become more successful at sports betting through the assistance of good sports betting data analysis. He has worked with over 200 journalists at multiple editorial teams in his previous role as Head of Search for the largest national news publisher in Ireland.

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