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(20-38) Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (36-26)
Date: Saturday February 24
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Wolves -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 219.5
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Entering the game the Bulls lost their initial game back from the break to the red hot 76ers. Meanwhile the Wolves lost on the front end of a back to back in Houston, but may have lost much more on the season with Jimmy Butler going down with a knee injury. This was the Wolves eighth consecutive loss on the road and 11 of the past 12.
Last season the Timberwolves swept the Bulls but Chicago took the first game of this campaign. The Bulls hold the all-time record having bested the Timberwolves in 32 of their 54 matches.
Zach LaVine has looked solid since his return and with each game back is showcasing more ease within the Bulls system.
This game marks LaVine’s return to his former squad (as well as Kris Dunn), so expect him to be dialed in for a big night.
Rookie Lauri Markkanen gave Spencer Dinwiddie all he could handle in the Skills Challenge at All-Star Saturday night and continues to be among the brightest rookies this season.
Fred Hoiberg rested Robin Lopez in the game versus the 76ers in an effort to get the youngsters more minutes (read – help the tanking effort).
Justin Holiday was also given rest in this game. Both players are fine to play in Minnesota, but their status is uncertain.
Paul Zipser (foot) left the game vs. the 76ers and is questionable against the Wolves.
The big news will be determining how bad the injury was to Jimmy Butler. Since he was helped off the court it’s looking like it might be serious and with that it could mean the Wolves season just left the building with Butler.
While the Wolves have one of the best home records they’ll need to beat the more rested Bulls since the Wolves played in Houston on Friday. Of all the squads Minnesota began the stretch run with the fewest games left to play.
This is concerning for Head Coach Tom Thibodeau who is still trying to get his stars to perform better on the defensive side of the court.
Thibs will need to figure out how to master the defense while not over utilizing his starters through the final segment of the schedule.
If that weren’t a large enough issue to deal with, the Wolves also need to figure out how to win on the road.
Marcus Georges-Hunt (illness) missed the last five games and was questionable in Houston.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Bulls are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Over is 9-4 in Bulls last 13 vs. Western Conference.
- Wolves are are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 home games.
- Wolves are 6-4 ATS in last 10 head to head matchups.
- Over – under is 5-5 in last 10 head to head meetings.
Free Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction:
Although the Bulls are in full on tank mode they will keep the game competitive. Additionally, LaVine and Dunn will want to perform well against their original team.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bulls +8.5
With the loss of Butler this becomes an even easier pick to take the Bulls. How the Wolves respond will be key to their season.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Wolves 107 – Bulls 105
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