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Raptors vs Timberwolves NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Toronto Raptors at Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Where: Minneapolis at Target Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 19th
  • Betting Odds MIN +3.5, TOR -171 | MIN +139 O/U OFF

So far, the Raptors have put together an overall record of 20-25, while going 22-23-0 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Toronto has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.

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Not only did the Raptors drop their last game to the Bucks. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 130-122 as 1 point underdogs. Toronto let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. In the loss, Fred VanVleet led the team in scoring with 39 points on a field goal percentage of 53.6%.

The Timberwolves come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 22-24. So far, the team has gone 20-26-0 against the spread. Against the Raptors, the Timberwolves are looking to break out of a 2 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -2.5 points per contest.

The Timberwolves will be looking to bounce back from a 122-118 loss to the Nuggets. In terms of betting, Minnesota entered as 9 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. Minnesota went on to lose the game despite leading by 5 heading into halftime. In the loss, Jaden McDaniels led the team in scoring with 18 points on a field goal percentage of 70.0%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

Last season, the Raptors and Timberwolves played 2 games against each other, with Toronto coming away with a win in each game. In game 1, they won by a score of 103-91, while adding a 125-103 victory in game 2. Similar to their season-long average, the Raptors averaged 114.0 points per game vs the Timberwolves. While the Raptors were able to maintain their usual level of production against Minnesota, the Timberwolves averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 96.5. In terms of betting, Toronto has an ATS record of 4-1 in the previous 5 matchups vs Minnesota. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +9 points per game in favor of the Raptors. The over-under record in these same games is 1-4, with the teams combining for an average of 215 points per game.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 45 games, Toronto is averaging 112.2 points per game (23rd). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Raptors are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.4 per contest. Right now, the Raptors offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 30th in effective field goal percentage.

On the defensive end of the floor, the Raptors are giving up an average of 107.1 points per game, good for 7th in the NBA.

Power-Foward Pascal Siakam currently leads the Raptors at 25.5 points per game. For the season, he is 32nd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Siakam is averaging 8.2 boards and 6.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 9th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. OG Anunoby enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 41 games, he is averaging 17.6 and is 203rd in the league in player efficiency rating.

Through 46 games, Minnesota is the 12th best scoring team at 115.1 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.3 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 11th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.

On defense, the Timberwolves will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 24th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

On offense, Anthony Edwards leads the Timberwolves in scoring at 23.7 points per game, placing him 25th in the NBA. Overall, Edwards has hit 45.7% of his shots while accounting for 21.7% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 1st in points allowed to shooting guards. At 17.0 points per game, D’Angelo Russell is the 2nd leading scorer for the Timberwolves. For the season, he is 121st in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 46.1%.

Raptors vs Timberwolves Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Raptors -3.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over OFF

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