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(11-12) Charlotte Hornets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (10-4)
Date: Wednesday December 5th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Target Center, Minnesota , MN
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Timberwolves -5
NBA Betting Total: 221
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The Hornets are off to a solid start in the 2018/19 season, currently sitting at 8th place in the East. If they ever want to move up in those rankings however they’re going to have to start winning some road games. Charlotte is just 3-7 away from their own building this season and on Wednesday night they go into one of the toughest places in the NBA to get a win at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
The Timberwolves have gone 10-4 at home this season and seem to have found their stride overall with wins in 5 of the last 6 total. Minnesota is still at 10th in the Conference, but the West is a jumbled mess right now where 14 of 15 teams are within 5.5 games of 1st place. That includes the Wolves who are just 4.5 back from the Nuggets.
Just when you think the Hornets are ‘for real’ they’ve gone and dropped two straight games at home. Granted those two losses came against solid teams in New Orleans and Utah but Charlotte was actually favored in both contests. Overall Charlotte has dropped 4 of 6 and have allowed 119+ in 3 of their last 5 games.
The road struggles are also legitimate for Charlotte which isn’t good news heading into the Target Center on Wednesday night. The Hornets have dropped 7 of their last 8 road games which includes some defeats by pretty atrocious teams including Atlanta (123-124), Cleveland (89-113), and Chicago (110-112).
The only reason you can’t write up Charlotte as an instant blowout tonight is because they kept it close losing two games by a total of 3 points in Philly over that span and have a victory in Detroit over a solid Pistons team. The Hornets should be rested too. Not only have they played their last 4 games at home before traveling on Wednesday, the game vs. the Timberwolves will be just their 2nd in the last 5 days.
Oddsmakers are expecting some points tonight with an O/U of 221.5. Is that number based on Charlotte’s defensive struggles as of late or a tribute to their offensive potential? Charlotte had 7 players in double figures Sunday vs. the Pelicans but only Frank Kaminsky scored more than 13 points.
Minnesota has won 5 of the last 6 but they must keep that trend going on Wednesday. To be more specific, the Timberwolves are beating teams they’re supposed to as the recent victories have come against Brooklyn, Chicago, Cleveland, San Antonio, and Houston. Minnesota is favored by 5 tonight in what is another very winnable game.
One of the reasons the Timberwolves should thrive in this game (aside from being at home) is because they’re up against a banged up Charlotte squad. Marvin Williams will be out until mid-December with a shoulder injury while Kemba Walker (ankle) and Cody Zeller (ribs) are probable but nursing some issues. Zeller may just want to take the night off anyway as Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns is coming off a 24 point, 11 night vs. Houston and also has a 35 point, 23 rebound night in his last 5 games.
One of the big reasons for backing the Wolves in this contest is because they’re finally playing defense like Tom Thibodeau teams are supposed to. 9 of the last 10 Minnesota opponents have been held to 103 points or less. Charlotte is a top 7 scoring offense but can be dominated on the road.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 4-11 ATS their last 15 vs. Western Conference
- Timberwolves are 8-3 ATS their last 11 home games
- Timberwolves are 6-0 ATS their last six overall
- Favorite is 6-2 ATS the last 8 meetings
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction:
Minnesota is a very solid home team and should be able to dominate vs. a Charlotte team that struggles on the road. The Timberwolves scored a 12 point win over Houston the last time out while getting 0 points from Derrick Rose. With the Hornets being a bit banged up this game has the potential to get ugly.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Timberwolves – 5
Charlotte will have no answer for Karl-Anthony Towns tonight who should have a 30+ point, 15+ rebound contest.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Timberwolves 113 – Hornets 95
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