My NBA Expert Picks start this Thursday on March 8. Will Boston beat Minnesota on the road? The game I like on Saturday has San Antonio taking on Oklahoma City. Can the Spurs upset Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder? The final game I like is a Sunday matchup between Golden State and Minnesota. Have the T’Wolves improved enough to upset the mighty Golden State Warriors?

Boston at Minnesota
When:  Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

Analysis: Boston’s defense remains one of the top units in the NBA. The Celtics allow 100.2 points per game. That ranks second in the NBA. Boston allows its opponents to average 43.5% from the field. Boston’s opponents shoot 33.9% from three. Both percentages rank first in the NBA.

On Thursday, Boston battles one of the better teams in the Western Conference, though. The Minnesota T’Wolves average close to 110 points per while shooting 48% from the field. Will Minnesota’s offense overcome Boston’s defense?

Nope. The T’Wolves will be without Jimmy Butler. Not only that, but the last time these two faced each other, Boston beat Minnesota 91 to 84. I like the Celtics to win again by close to 10 points.

Pick: Boston

San Antonio at Oklahoma City
When:  Saturday, March 10 at 8:30 pm ET
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

Analysis: The last time the Spurs faced the Thunder they lost 87 to 90. Neither team looked great on offense. Russell Westbrook did almost have a triple-double versus the Spurs’ defense. Westbrook scored 22 points. He dished 10 assists. He grabbed 9 boards.

One thing to note about the last matchup is that the Spurs’ best player, LaMarcus Aldridge, didn’t dress. Aldridge should be healthy enough to play on Saturday. If he does, the Spurs will have a chance to upset OKC.

I’ll back the Spurs on the money line.

Pick: San Antonio

Golden State at Minnesota
When:  Sunday, March 11 at 3:30 pm ET
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

Analysis: If the Minnesota T’Wolves can’t beat the Boston Celtics, they have no shot versus the best team in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors, right? Not necessarily.

Golden State plays a style of basketball that should allow the T’Wolves to score plenty of points. The Warriors beat Minnesota 126 to 113 on January 25, the last time these two teams battled. That battle was at Golden State.

The Warriors were favored by 12.5 points. That means they barely covered. Golden State should be favored by at least 8 points on Sunday. I’m not worried. I plan on backing Minnesota on the money line, anyhow.

Golden State isn’t unbeatable this season. Also, Minnesota will be GS’s fourth opponent this week. The T’Wolves can pull off the massive money line upset.

Pick: Minnesota