Free NBA Pick: Timberwolves vs Raptors Lines
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(6-15) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Toronto Raptors (14-7)
The Minnesota Timberwolves may be geographically close to Canada, but they’re far, far away from being anywhere near as competitive as the Toronto Raptors.
There’s no reason Toronto should drop this game on national television at home, but the question is: Is the spread (currently sitting at eight points in favor of the Raptors, as of 5:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday) too high?
On the season, Minnesota is averaging 104.1 points per game. This puts them at 17th in the NBA, placing them just two spots behind dead center in terms of league-wide rankings.
On defense, this group isn’t too far behind. It’s giving up 105.6 points per night. This puts them at 19th in the Association.
Of course, that ranking can be improved, but we’ll give them high fives all around for being such a young group and not being in the bottom-10 in the league defensively.
Against the Raptors, containing DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry will be crucial. Those two have a way of making teams look like they belong in the bottom-10 of the league defensively.
That especially applies to DeRozan, who, while not leading the league in scoring at this point in the process, is still averaging 28 points per night (5th).
On the year, Toronto is third in scoring. The team is averaging 110.9 points per game.
Defensively, this group is giving up 102.8 per night. That puts them at 12th in the NBA.
Although the Raptors would like to crack the top 10 in points per game allowed, their offense is making up the difference to the tune of a plus-8.1 nightly difference.
Their net rating (“an estimate of point differential per 100 possessions” per Basketball Reference) is 8.67.
That numbers is good enough for third in the league, placing them only behind two elite Western Conference squads: the LA Clippers (2nd) and the Golden State Warriors (1st).
NBA Betting Trends:
- Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Timberwolves are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Timberwolves are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Raptors are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Raptors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
It’s easy to like the Timberwolves this season. Karl-Anthony Towns has already established himself as one of the game’s best bigs, Andrew Wiggins is a consistent 20-points-per-game scorer and guys like Zach LaVine provide endless entertainment.
Liking them is one thing; liking them against the Raptors, however, is a completely different story.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Toronto ATS
Nobody wants to be embarrassed on national T.V., but odds are, we’ll see a young ‘Wolves squad look inferior to an Eastern Conference contender Thursday night.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto 105 – Minnesota 93
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