Celtics, Timberwolves, to go on winning ways

Celtics, Timberwolves, to go on winning ways

The Boston Celtics and the Minnesota Timberwolves are two teams who are coming form a loss on their previous matches in this match. Celtics are from 117-112 loss against the Pacers on their last game. They are currently with a record of 22-10, the 2nd in the Eastern Conference. As for the Timberwolves, they are also from a 104-99 loss against the Mavericks during their last meeting. They are the 10th in the Western Conference, with a record of 16-16. These two teams will meet on December 24, 2022, at 8:30 AM (GMT+8), as the Celtics host this game.

The hosts have struggled defensively during their match against the Pacers, failing to make stops on that match. If only, they played efficient on that match, they could have won that match. They need to show aggressiveness defensively if they want to win this match. As for the visitors, they struggled offensively shooting only 26.7% beyond the arc. However, if they want to win this match, they need to be effective on the offensive end of the court. Moreover, these two teams are looking to revenge from their recent loss on their previous meetings.

Boston Celtics

NBA: Boston Celtics
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The Celtics are currently on the second place of the Easter Conference standings, and with a home record of 11-5 at home. From their matches, Celtics proved that they are a team, whose members are capable of stepping up. Additionally, they also have players who can get hot from beyond the arc. In fact, they currently have a 37.9% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, the sixth highest in the NBA. Additionally, when it comes to the free-throw line, they have been doing well in that area, having 83% shooting percentage in the free-throw line. This is currently the highest shooting percentage in the free-throw line. Additionally, they are doing well on each end of the floor, and are doing well defending the three-point line. They are currently second in offense, with 118.0 points per game, and the 13th defensively, giving up 112.3 points per game.

Jayson Tatum continues to lead the Celtics, averaging 30.6 points per game, along with 8.1 rebounds. Jaylen Brow are also doing things for the Celtics, with 26.2 points per game. However, Marcus Smarts is questionable for this match, as he now has an illness.

Minnesota Timberwolves

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves
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The Timberwolves are currently at the 10th of the Western Conference, with a a record of 7-8 from their road games. When it comes to offense, the Timberwolves are shooting well in the pain, and are even efficient in that area. However, when it comes to the three-point line, they have been struggling in that area, shooting only 34.2% in that area. Moreover, they are also not doing well in the charity stripe, shooting only 77.9% of their shots. This shooting percentage is the 17th-highest-free-throw shooting percentage. If they continue missing these shots, they must stop expecting that they could win this match. Defense is also one of their issues, especially when defending in the perimeter. In offense, they are at the 11th, scoring 114.9 points per game, and 22nd in defense, giving up 115.5 points per game.

Anthony Edwards is the one leading the Timberwolves in scoring, as he is averaging 23 points per game. Karl-Anthony Towns is chipping in 20.8 points per game, but it is unfortunate that he is out in this game. Aside from him, guys like McLaughlin, and Prince is also out for this game due to their injuries.

Prediction:

Boston Celtics
Total Under: 120.5
Odds: 0.85

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