Our NBA Pick of the Day saluted again on Wednesday, but only just! We had the Lakers -5.5 spread, which looked good during the first half, although the Pelicans made a real game of it in the second. However, LeBron James led his young team to a six point win, which meant we covered by half a point. That win was the third on the spin for us in what has been a really good stretch in a very profitable season. We now shift our focus to the six game slate on Thursday and look to make it four in a row. As always, good luck to everyone following!
NBA Thursday February 28th
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Indiana Pacers (7pm ET)
Our best bet from the six games on Thursday comes from the cross-conference match-up between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Indiana Pacers. This game will be played at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in down to Indianapolis at 7pm (Eastern Time).
Last time they played
The Timberwolves and the Pacers have already met once this season, meaning this will be the second and final match-up in their two-game regular season series. The first game of the series was played in Minnesota on October 22nd, and ended in a 10-point win for the Timberwolves in front of their home fans (101-91). Interestingly, former Wolve Jimmy Butler led the way that night with a team-high 20 points, while Victor Oladipo and Bojan Bogdanovic combined for 40 points on the wings for the visiting Pacers.
The Timberwolves have left themselves with a lot of work to do if they’re to feature in the post-season for back-to-back years. They scraped in last year with a clutch win in Game 82 of the season, but find themselves in an even more difficult position now with little over 20 games remaining. They come into this game off a brutal eight point loss to the Hawks in overtime in Atlanta, which was one they led for much of the way in. That made it two losses in their last three, which is two too many at this point in the season.
The Pacers return home after a quick three game road trip where they finished up 1-2. Their most recent game was on Thursday in Dallas, where they lost to the Mavericks by nine points (110-101). It was a disappointing way to end the trip, but they now travel back to Indianapolis where they’ve won 23 of 31 games this season. The Pacers remain in third position in the Eastern Conference standings, but must return to winning form sooner rather than later if they’re to keep home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
Both teams come into this having played on the road the day prior, which means there’s no excuses for fatigue for either team. However, the Pacers do bat a fair bit deeper than their opponents here, and also have a terrific home record (23-8), whereas the T-Wolves have a dismal road record (9-22). Based on that and the fact that the Bookies continue to undermine a great Pacers team, we’re more than happy to suggest a play on them at a small spread.