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NBA: Timberwolves vs Jazz Predictions

NBA betting action sees the Minnesota Timberwolves taking on the Utah Jazz on Monday March 23 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NBA season long.

Both of theses teams are out of the race but trying to prove that they are at least on track to be more competitive in the future.

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Minnesota Timberwolves (15-54) vs. Utah Jazz (31-38)
Monday March 23
9:00PM
EnergySolutions Arena – Salt Lake City, UT
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NBA Betting Line:  Utah -12
NBA Betting Total:  185.5
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Minnesota

By some measures it appears the T-Wolves are getting better even if it is not showing up in the win column.

After a loss yesterday they have just one win in their last eight games and the injury bug has really grabbed hold of this team.

Not having the services of Anthony Bennett or Kevin Garnett might not matter but matter but PG Ricky Rubio and C Nikola Pekovic are being missed. Neither is the team’s best player, that’s rookie Andrew Wiggins, but they are very hard to replace on the roster.

In their recent loss to Charlotte the T-Wolves had seven players score in double figures.

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Normally that is code for a harmonious win but with nobody scoring more than 16 points on their own they still lost by 11. Minnesota has the worst defense in the league and needs more than just balanced scoring to combat that.

The effort level is still there for this group but they are just not very good right now.

Utah

I bet you didn’t know that Utah is giving up the fewest points per game in the NBA…I didn’t, and they have been playing that strength into a 12-4 record since the All-Star break.

That defense certainly does not make them an elite team but it does mean that you cannot discount them the way you might of earlier in the season.

At this point it is too late to really challenge for the playoffs but perhaps a future of contending is not as far off as originally thought.

If the Jazz could come up with some more steady offense the story would be even better but players like Rudy Gobert, although improving, are unlikely to develop to a high level.

One promising sign is that they seem to have found the right role for Trey Burke. Coming off the bench he can be a spark offensively and a nice asset.

Unfortunately the extra time that change has given to rookie Dante Exum has not been encouraging.

NBA Betting Trends:

  • Under is 5-1-1 in Timberwolves last 7 road games.
  • Over is 4-1 in Timberwolves last 5 Monday games.
  • Timberwolves are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 Monday games.
  • Under is 4-0 in Jazz last 4 vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
  • Under is 5-1 in Jazz last 6 home games.
  • Under is 5-1 in Jazz last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
  • Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Utah.
  • Over is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings in Utah.
  • Over is 24-10-1 in the last 35 meetings.

NBA Betting Prediction:  Minnesota +12

It is nice to see the Jazz on an uptick but I have a hard time counting on them to beat anybody by more than 10 points.

NBA Score Prediction:  Utah 99 – Minnesota 90

This number has moved a lot since it opened at -8 but I like the way it is going.

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