Celtics vs. Timberwolves odds: Best NBA picks with Kemba Walker sidelined

Darren Hartwell
NBC Sports Boston

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The Boston Celtics are well-rested after the NBA All-Star break, but that doesn't mean they're fully healthy.

Point guard Kemba Walker won't play Friday night in Minnesota against the Timberwolves due to left knee soreness, the team announced Thursday.

There's still reason to be bullish on the Celtics, though: Boston is 11-2 in its past 13 games and faces a Minnesota team that won't have star center Karl-Anthony Towns.

Should you back the C's in their first game back from the break? Here are our betting predictions for Celtics-Timberwolves, as well as two NBA locks against the spread.

(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)

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Boston Celtics at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m. ET

Moneyline: The Timberwolves are in full-on tank mode, with just one win since Jan. 9. Even without Walker, the Celtics (-300) should handle their business in Minnesota.

Point Spread: You could argue this is a trap game for Boston, but the Celtics (-7) have covered in six consecutive contests against the Wolves, who are an abysmal 1-11 against the spread in their past 12 games even after adding D'Angelo Russell ahead of the NBA trade deadline.

Point Total: Minnesota owns the NBA's fourth-worst defense and plays at the league's seventh-fastest pace. That's a recipe for a lot of points, so I like the OVER on the 228 point total.

Darren's record picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 72-44-1 (61.5% success rate)

NBA Lock of the Night

Phoenix Suns at Toronto Raptors (-7.5): The Raptors have gone scorched earth on the NBA, winning 15 of their past 16. The lottery-bound Suns should be their next victims.

San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz (-7): Utah looked solid entering the break after four consecutive wins, and San Antonio has covered just once in its past five. I'll take the home team here.

Darren's record picking NBA locks against the spread: 37-39-1 (48.0% success rate)

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