NBA Betting Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers – March 1, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon
When: Thursday March 1st at 10:30 PM ET
Spread: Trail Blazers -4.5
Spread: Trail Blazers -4.5 for 2 units
BookMaker has the Portland Trail Blazers favored by 4.5 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Portland Trail Blazers enter this game winners of four of their last five including four in a row against the Warriors, Jazz, Suns and Kings. The Minnesota Timberwolves enter this game winners of three of their last five including two in a row against the Bulls and Kings.
These two teams have played other in 113 regular season games with the Trail Blazers leading the series 80-33. The Trail Blazers won the last matchup by a score of 123-114, but the Timberwolves have won two of the three games this season. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves are 38-26 SU and 30-32-2 ATS. If the playoffs started today the Timberwolves would be the 3 seed in the Western Conference. That is the best seed they can get as they are 10.5 games behind the Warriors for the 2 seed. The Timberwolves are 14-17-1 ATS as an away team, 18-18-1 ATS after a win and 10-11 ATS as an underdog.
Karl-Anthony Towns leads the team in scoring, rebounds and blocks with 1,299 points, 784 rebounds and 94 blocks. Jeff Teague leads the team in assists with 373. Jimmy Butler leads the team in assists with 108. Minnesota is averaging 109.94 points per game which ranks 6th in the NBA. The Timberwolves are allowing 106.86 points per game which ranks 18th in the NBA.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers are 35-26 SU and 30-26-5 ATS. If the playoffs started today the Trail Blazers would be the 5 seed in the Western Conference. Portland still has a chance for a higher seed as they are only 1 game back of the 4 seed and 1.5 games back of the 3 seed. The Trail Blazers are 13-13-3 ATS as a home team, 18-12-4 ATS after a win and 17-17-3 ATS as a favorite.
Damian Lillard leads the team in scoring and assists with 1,422 points and 355 assists. Jusuf Nurkic leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 482 rebounds and 75 blocks. Shabazz Napier leads the team in steals with 68. Portland is averaging 105.11 points per game which ranks 18th in the NBA. The Trail Blazers are allowing 103.49 points per game which ranks 7th in the NBA.
Portland gets the win in a blowout at home
The Trailblazers have now won four games in a row and have looked dominant in those games. The Timberwolves have also played well all season, but have been hit or miss in their last couple of games. They are below .500 ATS on the road with a record of 14-17-1. I look for the Trail Blazers to dominate this game at home and move within a .5 game of the 3 seed. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.
Pick: Trail Blazers -4.5 for 2 units