My top NBA picks between March 12 through March 18 starts on Wednesday, March 14. Can Washington enter the TD Garden in Boston and upset the mighty Celtics? I also like an interesting game on Saturday between Minnesota and San Antonio. Who takes it when two of the better teams in the Western Conference battle it out on March 17? The final game I like is on Sunday. Minnesota hosts the Houston Rockets. Doe the T’Wolves have any shot versus scorching Houston?
NBA Expert Picks March 12-18
Washington at Boston
When: Wednesday, March 14 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Analysis: Boston beat Washington 110 to 104 the last time these two teams met. That game took place on February 8. Plenty of time has passed since then. Could the Wizards turn the tables on the Celtics?
Washington has played well without John Wall. Not only that, but Boston hasn’t been as solid in the win department in the second half of the season. The Celtics could have a bad game. Or, someone on Washington’s squad, Bradley Beal or Otto Porter Jr., could dominate.
I don’t believe it happens, though. Boston appears to have fixed any lingering issues on the defensive end. The Celtics now rank first in both field goal percentage and three-point percentage allowed.
Minnesota at San Antonio
When: Saturday, March 17 at 8:30 pm ET
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
TV: NBA TV
Analysis: The Timberwolves and Spurs haven’t battled since Nov. 15, 2017. The T’Wolves were exceptional in that battle. They beat the Spurs 98 to 86. Jimmy Butler, the T’Wolves best player who’s also hurt, only scored 6 points in that game.
The game takes place in San Antonio. That means even though Jimmy Butler didn’t help the T’Wolves too much in the last game between these two, they’d love to have his basketball skills for this Saturday’s match up.
Minnesota just signed Derrick Rose. He’ll help. He won’t help enough. I like the Spurs to cover the spread as a home favorite.
Pick: San Antonio
Houston at Minnesota
When: Sunday, March 18 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
TV: NBA TV
Analysis: So, Minnesota battles San Antonio, in San Antonio, on Sunday. Then, they must travel back to Minnesota to take on the Houston Rockets?The NBA schedulers are sure out to get the T’Wolves, right?
I’d say that Minnesota has a shot. I’d be lying. The Houston Rockets are unbelievably hot. Houston has gone 17 and 0 from Jan. 28 through March 7. 2 of the 17 wins were versus the Minnesota T’Wolves. Houston beat Minnesota 126 to 108 on Feb. 13. On Feb. 23, the Rockets beat the T’Wolves 126 to 108. Right now, Houston has Minnesota’s number.
Adding Derrick Rose won’t change that. Heck, if the T’Wolves added Steph Curry it might not change how dominant the Rockets are over the T’Wolves.