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(31-13) Toronto Raptors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (29-18)
Date: Saturday January 20
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Target Center, Minnesota, Minneapolis
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Wolves -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 216
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Saturday January 20th finds the Toronto Raptors travelling to Minneapolis to face the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Raptors are playing the second night of a back to back after beating the Spurs at home. The Timberwolves lost their last game to the short handed Rockets.
After four seasons of Raptors sweeps the teams have split the season series in the past two seasons. The Raptors hold the all-time record having bested the Wolves 28 of their 42 matches.
Remarkably this is the final west coast road game for the Toronto Raptors. In comparison the other home court seeds in the east all have multiple opposite coast trips remaining.
To wit, the Celtics still have 11, while the Cavaliers have eight and the Heat has seven remaining. This could play a factor in the second half of the season as Toronto won’t have to travel as far which helps with recovery time and body fatigue.
DeMar DeRozan learned he’ll be an All-Star starter and his backcourt teammate will hope to join him via the coaches vote. The pair led their Raptors in a big win over the Spurs producing 45 of the team’s 86 points. Although Lowry led the scoring (24) it was DeRozan who dished 6 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds in a work man like win.
The victory moved the Raptors to 17-3 at home the best record in the east and second only to the Spurs.
Fred VanVleet remained out still dealing with the injury he sustained in Philly, but if he’s close he would offer an injection of energy for the back to back game in Minnesota.
The Timberwolves looked lackluster in their loss in Houston. This was the second consecutive loss for the Wolves. Notably neither squad has lost three in a row all season, so the Wolves will look to stop the bleeding by capturing a win at home prior to beginning a 3-game road trip.
No Wolves were voted to start the All-Star Game although both Jimmy Butler and Karl Anthony-Towns did get votes. Despite Towns receiving more fan votes the coaches will likely reward Butler for his efforts.
More than half of Minnesota’s losses have come against the east (6-10), so expect coach Thibodeau to have the Wolves well prepared to take care of a tired Raptors squad who are 3-3 in second games in back-to-back sets with five (3-2) of these sets played on the road.
Andrew Wiggins is a native of Toronto (Vaughan) who has historically registered massive stat lines against his hometown team.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 8-2 in the teams last 10 head to head
- Over is 8-0 in Raptors last 8 games as an underdog.
- Over is 7-2 in Raptors last 9 overall.
- Under is 9-3 in Wolves last 12 overall.
- Under is 6-2 in Wolves last 8 games as a favorite.
- Raptors are 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
- Over Under is 7-3 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction:
Trends lean toward a Wolves win to stop the losing streak, but the Raptors are scrappy and may try to push the pace. Moreover, the Wolves won’t push pace so that plays into the Raptors solid defense.
I wish I knew whether Fred VanVleet was going to play as his presence would make a big difference in this match given Thibs doesn’t go deep into his bench. I’m having a tough time calling this one, but I think it comes down to one shot.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors +3.5
NBA Free Score Prediction: Wolves 103 – Raptors 102
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