Larry's Weekly Wipeout Winner (22-10-1 s/Feb 12): Larry's Wipeout Winners have lived up to the moniker since before Xmas. Going back to Dec 23, Larry's Wipeout Winners (in all sports) are 35-19 (65%)! In tonight's NBA (22-10-1 s/Feb 12), Larry's expert analysis will provide all the details of a contest with "B-L-O-W-O-U-T written all over it." Be there, as "the winning continues!"
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio Spurs Mar 21 2012 8:35PM
Prediction: San Antonio Spurs
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: My 9* Weekly Wipeout Winner is on the SA Spurs at 8:35 ET.
The Spurs lost 106-96 to Minnesota on January 2, snapping a 16-game winning streak in the series. Kevin Love (25.9-13.7) had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the T-wolves, who hadn't defeated San Antonio since Jan 3, 2007. To add insult to injury, Ginobili broke his left hand and one of the Spurs’ most indispensible players would miss the next 22 games. The Spurs would lose for a second time to the T-wolves during Ginobili’s absence, 87-79 on Jan 27, again in Minnesota. Love would have 18 points and 16 rebounds while rookie PG Rubio scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, as the T-wolves finished the game on an 8-0 run. Much has changed since that Jan 27 meeting, as San Antonio is 17-6 since that game and has moved into second place in the Western Conference at 29-14. Meanwhile, the 23-34 T-wolves are on the outside of the playoff picture and the team’s postseason aspirations took a major hit when Rubio (10.6-8.2 APG) suffered a season-ending ACL tear two weeks ago (Minnesota was two games over .500 and had just moved into the No. 8 spot in the West when Rubio went down on Mar 9). In stark contrast, Ginobili is back for the Spurs. The veteran Spurs are well rested for this matchup, having been off since Saturday's 106-99 loss to Dallas. The time off should particularly help Ginobili, who had just nine points on 3-of-11 shooting against the Mavericks, after sitting out Friday's 114-105 road win over West-leading Oklahoma City with a hip flexor injury. He had averaged 13.8 PPG on 57.1 percent shooting, as well as 5.4 APG in his previous five games. "The hip is much better," Ginobili said. "Not the best I've ever felt, but much better than last week. So that has me optimistic." Minnesota lost the March 9 game to the Lakers, beginning a stretch in which the team has lost FIVE of seven games, to fall two games out of the West’s final playoff spot. San Antonio is just 12-10 on the road this season but 17-4 SU at home, going 14-7 ATS. San Antonio will well-remember its two road losses at Minnesota this year and let’s note the Spurs have won 14 straight at home over the T-wolves since a 100-93 loss Jan 14, 2004. That's tied for the fourth-longest active home winning streak over one team. Win No. 15 in a row will come with plenty of “room to spare!”