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(14-21) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (11-22)
Sunday NBA kicks off the New Year with two Western Conference foes facing off in Minnesota, Minneapolis. Neither looks like a playoff team at this time, but one has the potential to turn things around before the year comes to a close.
*All statistics, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 31.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers are on a serious schneid. They won two games ago against the Sacramento Kings at home, but they’re coming off a double-digit loss to the San Antonio Spurs and have lost seven of their last eight — not mention 11 of their last 13.
On the year, Portland is scoring at a decent rate. It’s putting up 107.6 points per contest, which is good enough for seventh in the league.
The Blazers run a top-1o pace in the NBA, but you can’t claim that this is the main reason for their offensive success considering they also have the eighth-best offensive efficiency leaguewide.
The problem is defense. In their recent loss to the Spurs, they gave up 110 points. In a recent stretch, the team gave up 132, 135 and 126 points in consecutive games.
On the year, Portland is allowing 111.5 points per game, which puts it at 28th in the league in that category.
For Rip City apologists who want to blame the pace for that number, think again. This team is dead last in defensive efficiency, behind the 29th-place Los Angeles Lakers, who have a much younger roster.
Speaking of young rosters, the Timberwolves are primed to be great sooner rather than later.
The problem is that they struggle with consistency, and their defense is surprisingly vulnerable considering the length of the roster and Tom Thibodeau’s defensive mindset.
On the year, the ‘Wolves are allowing 105.6 points per game. That number is good enough for 28th in the league.
In terms of defensive efficiency, this team gets even worse. It drops down to 26th in that telling category.
Offensively, the Timberwolves post 104.2 points per game. That number is good enough for 17th in the league, but that number is more impressive than you think.
Minnesota is putting up that number despite running just the 23rd-ranked pace in the NBA.
Minnesota is a top-10 team in terms of offensive efficiency.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
- Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Timberwolves are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.
- Timberwolves are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Timberwolves are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Timberwolves are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction:
The Timberwolves are difficult to trust this season. The Trail Blazers are impossible to trust at the moment.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Final score prediction listed below with no line posted as of yet
NBA Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 115 – Portland 103
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