Spurs vs Timberwolves: odds, injury report, lock of the night

Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio Spurs
Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio Spurs / Ronald Cortes/GettyImages

The San Antonio Spurs (2-1) tip off against the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-1) at 7:00pm CST later today in the Twin Cities. The Spurs have won two in a row, including a shocker against the Sixers, and hope to continue to win. The Spurs enter as the 8.5-point underdog. The team sent almost all of their rookies--aside from Sochan--to Austin on assignment, and the Wolves are without Kyle Anderson, who has a back injury.

Tipoff Time: 7:00pm CST

Where to watch: NBA League Pass, Bally Sports, stream on fuboTV with a seven day trial

Over/under: 234.5 total points

Point spread: Minnesota favored by 8.5 points

Moneyline: Spurs +290, Wolves -360

Lock of the night: Tre Jones under 12.5 total points, +100 on Fan Duel

Injury report: Wolves: Kyle Anderson (back)

Please note that betting odds are always changing and updated

I know it's unpopular to bet on a Spur to do poorly, but this will be a tough night for Tre Jones in the scoring department. It's true that he's averaging a shocking 16.3 points through three games, but he is not a theat from deep and with two seven footers clogging up the paint in Gobert and KAT, I do not think Jones will be able to get to the hoop.

That being said, I would expect another big night from Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell, who have played elite basketball as of late and are both among the best shooters in the league. Jakob Poeltl and Jeremy Sochan will have a real test, but I think Sochan will be able to largely shut down Karl-Anthony Towns since he has the speed and athleticism to keep up on the perimeter and in the paint.

Despite beating a loaded Sixers team in the last game, I think the Spurs will get outplayed. The Wolves are a legitimately good team, one of the favorites to make a deep playoff run, and the Spurs' tank has to kick in eventually.

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After this game, the Spurs stay in Minnesota to play the Wolves again. With a full day of rest between games and no travel, I would expect the rematch on Wednesday to go much better for San Antonio.