NBA Betting Picks: Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Betting Picks:  Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers

Minnesota was expected to be an improved team heading into this NBA season but so far they’ve been perfect. While the season is just a few games old the Timberwolves are one of only four NBA teams with an undefeated record. They’ll try to improve to 4-0 as they travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers. The Cavs are also optimistic about their prospects this year with last year’s top draft pick Kyrie Irving and several other young prospects. So far this season are 1-2 on the year winning their only game at home and losing a pair of games on the road.

It’s been a rough few years for the Cleveland Cavaliers. After losing LeBron James to Miami they suffered through a couple of horrible seasons that included a record26 game losing streak in 2010-2011. Thanks to several years of high draft choices Cleveland is heading in the right direction led by the former #1 pick in the draft Kyrie Irving. There’s considerable optimism in Cleveland with some suggesting that the Cavs could be the most improved team in the NBA this season. That remains to be seen but there’s at least something of a bright future surrounding the Cavaliers franchise after several seasons with little for fans to cheer about.

That being said, we think the public has been slow to pick up on just how good this Minnesota team is. They were playing well last year before suffering a rash of injuries so the fact that they’re winning now isn’t much of a surprise. Last year their three best players–Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic–never played together due to injury. All three are healthy this season and the team added some much needed depth in the offseason. They’ve got solid coaching from veteran mentor Rick Adelman. We’re not sold on the T-Wolves for the long haul. Rubio, in particular, plays the point guard position too ‘fast and loose’ for our taste. In the short term, however, they could string some wins together. We’ll be cautious about backing Minnesota when they step up in class but they should be able to handle Cleveland here.