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(32-21) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Toronto Raptors (33-15)
Date: Tuesday January 30
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 218
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Tuesday January 30, the Minnesota Timberwolves arrive at the Air Canada Centre to complete the second game of a back to back set following a shocking loss to the Atlanta Hawks on the front end. Toronto arrive having stopped a streaking Lakers team and improving their Eastern leading home record to 18-4.
Last season, the squads split their series, but Wolves took the initial match this season. In the Andrew Wiggins era the Canadian has never won in his home town at the Air Canada The Raptors holds the all-time record having bested the Wolves 28 times of their 43 matches.
Jimmy Butler missed four games dealing with a sore knee, but his young cohorts Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins picked up the slack.
Minnesota went 2-2 with Toronto being one of the wins. Despite the Wolves missing Butler and Jamal Crawford the Raptors ran out of gas late as they had played the Spurs the night prior.
The Wolves will be in the same situation in Toronto playing in Atlanta the night prior.
Another similarity is both teams began the week one game back of the squad in front of them. The difference however, is the Thunder (on 8-game win streak) are one game back of Minnesota whereas the Raptors hold a 4 game lead over Cleveland.
Much like their opponent the Wolves seem anxious for the break to reinvigorate fatigued players. Diving into the teams’ records both feature five game win streaks followed by .500 ball (Toronto 5-5, Minnesota 3-4).
Butler and Towns are headed to the All-Star game where they’ll be teammates with Toronto’s backcourt. Meanwhile, Dwane Casey and his staff will coach Team LeBron.
The team north of the border entered the week second in the Eastern Conference, but by night’s end could be in first (if the Celtics lose in Denver). Regardless of the Boston outcome the Raptors sit on the precipice of taking over the top spot with an easier schedule remaining.
The game played in Minnesota recently marked the completion of the Raptors opposing road games. Conversely, including the Denver game the Celtics still have eight to play and haven’t fared well so far out West.
Entering week 16 of NBA action the Celtics (1-5) and Cavaliers (6-11 with two of those wins vs. the Magic) are sputtering. Granted, Toronto has been hovering around .500 but has played the hardest schedule of the trio.
The nine game stretch prior to the All-Star break features five playoff seeds including a match versus the Celtics. Only two teams have played fewer home games (Kings/Magic), however six of these nine pre All-Star Break matches are in Toronto.
Fred VanVleet led Toronto in scoring (25) in the win vs. LA. Perhaps playing three Lakers Rising All-Star members inspired the guard who along with fellow sophomores Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam along with rookie OG Anunoby weren’t invited. Toronto’s bench outscored the Lakers 61 to 53.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Wolves are 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
- Raptors are 7-3 in teams last 10 head to head contests.
- Wolves are 7-3 over-under in teams last 10 head to head matchups.
- Teams are 5-5 ATS in last 10 head to head meetings.
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Since Tom Thibodeau plays his starters heavy minutes it provides the Raptors with the rest edge. Butler historically plays well against Toronto, but this iteration of the Raptors learns their lessons quickly. Only Golden State has beat Toronto twice this season and in both cases were somewhat lucky to capture the victory.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Wolves keep it close. Grab the points.
The best home court record in the East, Wolves on back to back, and inspiration to claim (or retain) first has Raptors taking this one. *Update: since posting the line came out at -6.5 for Raptors. My initial point selection fell just under that so take Wolves +6.5, but Raps grabe the W.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 111 – Wolves 105
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