Check out our free 76ers vs Timberwolves pick and preview for this NBA game in Minneapolis. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
76ers vs Timberwolves NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Philadelphia 76ers at Minnesota Timberwolves
- Where: Minneapolis at Target Center
- Date: Tuesday, March 7th
- Betting Odds MIN -1, PHI -121 | MIN -101 O/U OFF
So far, the 76ers have put together an overall record of 42-22, while going 36-27-1 vs the spread. Philadelphia will be going for their 3 straight win in today’s game as they have rattled off 2 straight wins.
Philadelphia is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Pacers. Going into the game, they were 6 point favorites against the spread. Their 147-143 victory was not enough to cover. Even though Philadelphia was trailing at the half, they managed to put themselves in position to win by evening the score heading into the 4th. In the win, Joel Embiid led the team in scoring with 42 points on a field goal percentage of 68.8%.
The Timberwolves come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 34-32. So far, the team has gone 32-34-0 against the spread. Minnesota comes into the game having rattled off 3 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 6.33 points per game
Minnesota is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Kings at home. With the 138-134 victory, they also covered the spread as 4 point underdogs. Minnesota benefited from holding a substantial first half lead, as the Kings actually outscored the Timberwolves in the second half. In the win, Anthony Edwards led the team in scoring with 27 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent game between the two teams, the Timberwolves picked up a 112-109 win over the 76ers. However, heading into the game, Minnesota was favored to win by 3.5 points, giving the 76ers and ATS victory. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the 76ers averaged 126.5 points per game vs Minnesota, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the 76ers saw a boost in scoring, the Timberwolves averaged 111.5 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Philadelphia. This figure was similar to season-long average. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the 76ers have an average scoring margin of +12 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. In these contests, they averaged a combined 228 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 64 games, the 76ers are averaging 115.0 points per contest, placing them 14th in the NBA. So far, the 76ers are averaging 97.3 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 25th in made field goals per game.
Against the Timberwolves, the 76ers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 8th ranked unit at 107.33 points per game.
Center Joel Embiid currently leads the 76ers at 33.2 points per game. For the season, he is 4th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 24.5% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Embiid is averaging 10.2 boards and 4.1 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 11th ranked defense at defending centers. James Harden enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 48 games, he is averaging 21.9 and is 29th in the league in player efficiency rating.
The Minnesota offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 11th ranked offense at 115.6 points per game. So far, Minnesota is averaging 101.2 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Heading into the game, the Timberwolves will look to continue with their formula of playing fast and getting to the basket, as they are near the top of the league in two-point fields made per game.
On defense, the Timberwolves will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 24th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Shooting Guard Anthony Edwards currently leads the Timberwolves at 24.6 points per game. For the season, he is 25th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 22.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Edwards is averaging 5.8 boards and 4.5 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 7th ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Rudy Gobert enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 54 games, he is averaging 13.6 and is 75th in the league in player efficiency rating.
76ers vs Timberwolves Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Timberwolves -1
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF