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Timberwolves vs Pistons NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves at Detroit Pistons
- Where: Detroit at Little Caesars Arena
- Date: Wednesday, January 11th
- Betting Odds DET +6, MIN -244 | DET +195 O/U nan
The Timberwolves come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 20-21. So far, the team has gone 18-23-0 against the spread. Minnesota will be going for their 5 straight win in today’s game as they have rattled off 4 straight wins.
In their previous game, the Timberwolves took down the Rockets by a score of 104-96. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 3 point favorites. Even though Minnesota did not immediately put a dent in their halftime deficit as they trailed by 4 points heading into 4th, they still managed to come out on top. Leading the team in scoring was D’Angelo Russell, as he contributed 22 points while hitting 46.2% of his shots.
So far, the Pistons have put together an overall record of 11-33, while going 20-23-1 vs the spread. Against the Timberwolves, the Pistons are looking to break out of a 3 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -18.33 points per contest.
Detroit is trying to bounce back from a 147-116 loss to the 76ers. Going into this game, the team was 14 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Detroit struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip home at a 22 point halftime deficit. In the loss, Saddiq Bey led the team in scoring with 17 points on a field goal percentage of 28.6%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Timberwolves averaged 123.0 points per game vs Detroit, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Pistons also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 111.0 points per game vs Minnesota. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-1 in favor of the Timberwolves. In these matchups, Minnesota has averaged 116 points per game, while allowing 107. In these contests, they averaged a combined 223 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 41 games, Minnesota is averaging 114.7 points per game (13th). In terms of pace, the Timberwolves are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.0 possessions per game. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 11th team in made field goals per contest.
Against the Pistons, the Timberwolves will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 24th in points allowed.
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Anthony Edwards, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Edwards leads the team in scoring at 23.7 points per game while Russell is 2nd at 17.1. For the season, Edwards is 34th in the NBA in usage rate and 85th in player efficiency. Behind him, Russell has taken 15.3% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 45.8%.
The Pistons come into today’s game as the 24th ranked scoring offense at 111.8 points per game. So far, the Pistons are averaging 100.1 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 26th in the league in field goal percentage 45.1%.
Currently, the Pistons defense is ranked 22nd in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.55 points per game vs the unit.
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Bojan Bogdanovic, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Bogdanovic leads the team in scoring at 21.0 points per game while Ivey is 2nd at 15.0. For the season, Bogdanovic is 68th in the NBA in usage rate and 79th in player efficiency. Behind him, Ivey has taken 14.2% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 41.1%.
Timberwolves vs Pistons Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pistons +6
- Free Total Prediction: Under nan
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