NBA Best Bets – 2/1/23

Warriors @ Timberwolves

Curry went 8/14 from deep last time out. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves host the Golden State Warriors today at Target Center.

Minnesota has been grinding out wins, but they still sit in the eighth spot in the Western Conference. Two games separate the four seed from the tenth, so there will be plenty of shuffling before the season ends.

The West is incredibly wide open, and while the Grizzlies and Nuggets hold a commanding lead, the conference will be won by whoever is hot come April.

Both teams playing in this one want to make a run for the top and could easily do so with a healthy roster, but injuries have plagued both teams to this point in the season, and they’re the storyline going into this one.

For maybe a game, Golden State had a healthy roster, but now Andre Iguodala is out indefinitely with a hip injury. While it’s not devastating to the team, it’s frustrating to see when they thought they had a healthy squad.

While everyone knows KAT is still out for Minnesota, Taurean Prince and Rudy Gobert are questionable in this one. Gobert was finally finding his role with this team, so losing him for any amount of time will be pernicious.

Gobert has become the difference maker for the Timberwolves, so without him, Golden State should roll.

Golden State -3.5 (-110)
Over 238 (-110)

Hawks @ Suns

Trae Young is averaging 27/10 this season. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks are on the second leg of their five-game road trip and come into play, having lost four of their last five.

On Monday, the Hawks took a four-point loss from the Trail Blazers while playing without Trae Young, he should be back in the lineup tonight, and they’re hoping he’ll be able to put this losing stretch to rest.

The Suns are another team in the Western Conference that has dealt with continuous injuries throughout the year, but recently they have figured out how to win without some key players. Phoenix has won five of their last six, and figuring out how to win without Crowder, Booker, and Payne makes this team incredibly dangerous.

This is the first meeting between these teams this season; given recent performances and home-road splits, there is no reason for this short spread. The home team should dominate today.

Phoenix (-125)
Over 231.5 (-110)



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