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(38-38) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (30-45)
Date: Monday April 3
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Portland -1
NBA Betting Total: 216.5
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Portland is making a strong push for the playoffs so they have a lot to play for as the season comes to a close. They cannot afford any blips no matter the opponent. Winning on the road is going to be critical.
Despite having “enough” talent things have still not come together for Minnesota. This will be yet another season out of the playoffs and you have to wonder if they might look to shake up things a little around their core.
Portland Trail Blazers
Good on Portland for not packing it in on the season. They have won nine of their last ten to grab hold of the eight spot in the Western Conference…they even have a few games to spare over Denver. Another win could be a nail in the Nuggets coffin.
Damian Lillard might not get the All-Star recognition he deserves but he isa an elite perfomer. He is averaging a career best 26ppg and has been fantastic down the stretch – six 30+ point performances in the last 10 games.
Jusuf Nurkic was a great get for Portland but it looks like they are shutting him down for a while, hopeing they can keep their playoff positioning and get him back in the lineup when the playoffs begin. He has been a big difference maker since they got him from Denver.
No Nurkic means that it will be Lillard and CJ McCollum leading the charge into the playoffs. The duo are among the highest scoring guard tandems in the league and I like the fact that they are not overly reliant on deep shooting.
Portlant probably just needs only one or two more wins to clinch their spot in the playoffs. They are not a great road team but they did just beat Minnesota the last week of March. They get them another game at home on Thursday too.
This season has not squarely put the T-Wolves on a path to relevance. The numbers are there from their stars but injuries and an inabilty to demonstrate any real defensive presence has hurt them time and again.
Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the most skilled and versatile players in the NBA. He leads the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks. You get the sense that he has not reached his ceiling yet either – Anthony Davis perhaps.
Andrew Wiggins might be the best athlete in the NBA but his number are just good not great. It is a common knock for players like him who make it look easy but I wonder what it would take to get his motor going higher. He should easily average more than 4 rebounds per game.
Zach LaVine was having a very productive season before getting hurt. With him out nobody else has emerged as a consistent scorer which puts a lot of pressure of their stars. There are no elite defenders in their group either.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 4-0 in Trail Blazers last 4 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Trail Blazers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Under is 6-0 in Trail Blazers last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Over is 7-1 in Timberwolves last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Timberwolves are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Timberwolves are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction:
When a team is playing out the string they can be dangerous of embarrasing. With Thibodeau as coach I want to think they will be the former but Ihave not been sharp about this team all season long.
Portland comes in with momentum and urgency and those are important qualities but no Nurkic, especially against KAT could be a big problem.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Timberwolvs +1
If they were healthy it would be a no brainer.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 107 – Portland 103
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