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(12-12) Detroit Pistons vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (6-15)
Date: Friday, December 9th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Detroit -2
NBA Betting Total: 205.5
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The Minnesota Timberwolves came up on the wrong side of a tough loss to the San Antonio Spurs in their last game (final score 105-91,) while out in the Eastern Conference the Detroit Pistons came away with the same result, losing to the Charlotte Hornets 87-77 in their last outing.
The Detroit Pistons just couldn’t get the lid off the basket all night, scoring just 77 points in the game, while shooting a putrid 38.2% from the field, and just 14.8% from deep.
That inefficient play was the reason why they came up on the losing end, because nobody on the team seemed to be able to put the ball through the basket. Tobias Harris shot just 7-19 from the field, while star point guard Reggie Jackson shot just 4-12 from the field.
The play of those two really set the team back, because their star players just weren’t able to shine. That prevented the team from getting many scoring opportunities all night, as the Hornets continued holding the Pistons stars in check all game.
But now that cannot next match, if the Pistons are to come away as victors. Detroit doesn’t have anyone off the bench that can makeup for the loss of scoring in the starting unit, so that means their starters have got to bring their “A” game if they’re to come away with the win. That means Reggie Jackson, Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris have all got to step up if Detroit is to beat the Timberwolves next game.
The Minnesota Timberwolves came out of the gates looking like a stronger team then the San Antonio Spurs. They thoroughly outplayed their adversary through the first two quarters going into the halftime up 46-43. However, from their San Antonio just shut down Minnesota, holding them to just 18 points in the third quarter. An in the end, that came back to hurt Minnesota, as they just couldn’t get themselves back into the game after that.
Now all of that isn’t their fault, as the Spurs are just a more experienced and talented team then the Minnesota Timberwolves. But that doesn’t make up for their overall lackadaisical play in the second half of almost every game.
Minnesota continues giving up leads thanks to their porous play in the second half of games. The Timberwolves have a tendency to always let up when the game counts most, and that just cannot happen next match, if they’re to come away victors.
The Pistons might not be the most talented team, but what they lack in talent, they makeup with their heart and effort they display on a nightly basis. So that means Minnesota has got to be ready to match the intensity of the Pistons, or else their going to come up on with the short end of the straw.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest
- Timberwolves are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Central
- Pistons are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- Pistons are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games
- Pistons are 2-6-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings
Free Detroit Pistons vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction:
The Detroit Pistons are favorites to win this game, due to their experience and ability to close out games. However, look for the Timberwolves to come out on top.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: +2
Andre Drummond has continued to give up points to opposing centers. But Karl-Anthony Towns is going to be an even tougher task to guard, because of his elite talent and versatility. Drummond does a terrible job guarding opposing bigs out on the perimeter, so look for Karl to have a field day against the Pistons big-man.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Timberwolves 96 – Pistons 94
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