NBA Betting Preview: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves – January 14, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Target Field; Minneapolis, MN
When: Sunday January 14th at 9:00 PM ET
Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves -5.5
Quick Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves -5.5
The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to win their fifth straight game, as they host the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night in a Western Conference affair. The Minnesota Timberwolves are at home, where they have won 17 out of 23 games. The Timberwolves are coming off a win over the Knicks, after downing the Cavaliers and Thunder in back to back games. Minnesota is just 1/2 game behind San Antonio for third in the West.
The Portland Trail Blazers are fifth in the Western Conference. The Trail Blazers are 22-20 and 12-10 when playing on the road. Portland has dropped two straight games, including a loss to the Pelicans on Friday night. The Minnesota Timberwolves come into this game as the favorite. Minnesota is -5.5 over Portland in this game on Sunday.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are rolling along right now. The Timberwolves are scoring 108.5 points per game, and allowing teams to score 104.7 per game. The Timberwolves during their four game winning streak have won by 18.5 points per game. All four of those games, the Timberwolves have scored 104+ points.
Minnesota is scoring 108.5 points per game, which is 6th in the league. Karl Anthony Towns was the big man for the Timberwolves in the win over the Knicks. The former Kentucky center scored 23 points and ripped down 15 rebounds, while dishing out 9 assists. He is second on the team with 20.2 points per game. Jimmy Butler leads the way with 21.4 per game, while Andrew Wiggins is adding 17.7 per game.
Trail Blazers Looking to Bounce Back
The Portland Trail Blazers lost back to back games in Houston and New Orleans. That came after their road win at Oklahoma City. The Trail Blazers have allowed 120 points per game in the back to back losses. On the season – Portland is allowing teams to score just shy of 103 points per game.
Damian Lillard is back for the Trail Blazers and the point guard is leading the team with just shy of 25 points per game. The point guard is also dishing out 6.4 assists per game. C.J. McCollum is second on the team, and making Portland one of the top guard combinations in the league. McCollum is at 21.6 points per game.
Minnesota Keeps Rolling
The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to keep rolling in this game. The Timberwolves are one of the most well rounded basketball teams in the league. Minnesota, when healthy can score points, and we know they are going to guard really well. Look for the well balanced basketball team of the Minnesota Timberwolves to wear down Portland and their banged up bench.
When you are betting on this game, this is the game to take the home team. Betting the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Portland Trail Blazers is the way to go. The final bet is the Minnesota Timberwolves -5.5 over the Portland Trail Blazers.