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Timberwolves vs Bucks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves at Milwaukee Bucks
- Where: Milwaukee at Fiserv Forum
- Date: Friday, December 30th
- Betting Odds MIL -6, MIN +191 | MIL -231 O/U 229.5
The Timberwolves come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 16-19. So far, the team has gone 14-21-0 against the spread. Minnesota will take the court having lost 4 straight games. The team has an average scoring margin of -5.25 in these matchups.
The Timberwolves will be looking to bounce back from a 119-118 loss to the Pelicans. In terms of betting, Minnesota entered as 6 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. Minnesota let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Anthony Edwards, as he contributed 27 points while hitting 43.5% of his shots.
The Bucks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 22-12. So far, the team has gone 17-15-2 against the spread. Against the Timberwolves, the Bucks are looking to break out of a 4 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -13.25 points per contest.
The Bucks are coming off a dissappointing 119-113 loss to the Bulls. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 2 points. Milwaukee was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Bulls by 6 going into halftime. In the loss, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team in scoring with 45 points on a field goal percentage of 43.6%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Timberwolves averaged 125.5 points per game vs Milwaukee, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Timberwolves saw a boost in scoring, the Bucks averaged 113.5 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Minnesota. This figure was similar to season-long average. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 3-2 in favor of the Bucks. In these matchups, Milwaukee has averaged 122 points per game, while allowing 114. A combined average of 236 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Timberwolves offense is rated 12th in the league in scoring, averaging 114.7 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Timberwolves are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.4 possessions per game. 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.
Against the Bucks, the Timberwolves will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 24th in points allowed.
This season, the Timberwolves offense has primarily worked through Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 35 games, Edwards is 26th in the NBA at 23.5 points per game. So far, him and Russell have accounted for 37% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 40.3 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, D’Angelo Russell is grabbing 3.2 rebounds for Minnesota to go along with 6.5 assists.
The Bucks come into today’s game as the 17th ranked scoring offense at 112.6 points per game. The Bucks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.9 made 3’s per game. If the Milwaukee offense is going to improve, they would benefit from attacking the basket and generating looks at the line. So far, they are ranked just 20th in made free-throws per game.
Defensively, Milwaukee has had its problems giving up an average of 112.13 points per game (19th).
A key injury to note in this game is the likely absence of the Bucks 2nd leading scorer, Jrue Holiday. In his 26 games, Holiday is averaging 18.9 points per game while dishing out 7.5 assists and grabbing 5.3 rebounds. In he is unable to take the floor, the team will be looking for even more production out of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who leads the team and is 3rd in the NBA at 31.7 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 53.0% of his field goal attempts while taking 24.0% of overall shots.
Timberwolves vs Bucks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bucks -6
- Free Total Prediction: Under 229.5