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Trail Blazers vs Timberwolves NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves
- Where: Minneapolis at Target Center
- Date: Sunday, April 2nd
- Betting Odds MIN -16.5, POR +970 | MIN -1760 O/U 227.0
The Trail Blazers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 32-45. So far, the team has gone 36-41-0 against the spread. The Trail Blazers head into today’s action in the midst of a 5 game losing streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of -26.4.
Portland is trying to bounce back from a 138-114 loss to the Kings. Going into this game, the team was 14 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the defeat, Portland did not outscore the Kings in a single quarter. In the loss, Shaedon Sharpe led the team in scoring with 27 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
The Timberwolves come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 39-39. So far, the team has gone 37-41-0 against the spread. Today, the Timberwolves will be looking to snap a 2 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -9.5 points per contest.
Minnesota is trying to bounce back from a 123-111 loss to the Lakers. Going into this game, the team was 1 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Minnesota went on to lose the game despite leading by 10 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Mike Conley, as he contributed 25 points while hitting 63.6% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Trail Blazers picked up the 124-118 win over the Timberwolves. The Trail Blazers point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 5.5 point favorite. So far this season, the Trail Blazers have a record of 2-1 vs the Timberwolves. Similar to their season-long average, the Trail Blazers averaged 105.0 points per game vs the Timberwolves. Just like the Trail Blazers, the Timberwolves maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 121.0 points per game vs Portland. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 3-2 in favor of the Timberwolves. In these matchups, Minnesota has averaged 120 points per game, while allowing 113. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 3-2. Combined, they averaged 233 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Portland offense is ranked 20th in the NBA in scoring at 113.4 points per game. The Trail Blazers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.0 made 3’s per game. Despite shooting the ball well from outside, Portland has not done a good job taking care of the ball. So far, they are averaging 13.8 turnovers per game.
Defensively, Portland has had its problems giving up an average of 115.11 points per game (27th).
Keep in mind that the top two scorers for the Trail Blazers, Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons, will not be playing in today’s game. This season, Lillard has been averaging 32.2 points per game, and Simons has been averaging 21.1 points per game.
Minnesota will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 115.6 points per game (12th). Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.1 made 3’s per game. Minnesota appears to be a candidate to have some offensive regression as not only are the a below average outside shooting unit, but they are generating free-throws at a rate below the NBA average.
Defensively, Minnesota has had its problems giving up an average of 113.3 points per game (24th).
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 24.4 points per game while McDaniels is 2nd at 12.2. For the season, Edwards is 26th in the NBA in usage rate and 87th in player efficiency. Behind him, McDaniels has taken 10.5% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 51.4%.
Trail Blazers vs Timberwolves Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Timberwolves -16.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 227.0