Two teams with completely opposite goals for the season are clashing today, when the playoff bound Minnesota Timberwolves (36-26), who haven’t won a second straight game for three weeks now, are hosting the rebuilding Chicago Bulls (20-38), who are focusing on developing their young players.
Date/Time: 02-24-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves -8.5
Minnesota are 36-26 (28-32-2 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting on the fourth place of the Western Conference. They are 2-4 in their last 6 and in their latest matchup they got defeated on the road by Houston with a 102-120 score. Jimmy Butler leads the team in scoring with 22.2 ppg, adding 5.4 rebounds and 5 dimes per game. Karl-Anthony Towns follows with 20.2 ppg and a team-best 12.2 boards per game, while Andrew Wiggins adds 17.6 ppg.
Top Basketball BookmakersChicago are 20-38 (31-26-1 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting on the 12th place of the East. They have lost eight of their last 10 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated at home by Philadelphia with a 115-116 score. Zach LaVine leads the team in scoring with 17.3 ppg, adding 4.4 boards per game. Lauri Markannen follows with 15.1 ppg, adding a team-best 7.7 boards per game, while Kris Dunn adds 13.3 ppg, 4.5 boards and a team-best 6.2 dimes per game.
In their previous matchup Bulls made a surprise home victory with a 114-113 score. Minnesota have a 24-7 home record this season, while Chicago are 7-21 on the road. Minnesota have both a better offense with 109.6 ppg to Chicago’s 103.5 and a better defense, allowing 107 ppg to Chicago’s 109.3. Minnesota have a better accuracy from the field with 47.87% to Chicago’s 43.8%, while Chicago have a slightly better accuracy from behind the arc with 35.91% to Minnesota’s 35.63%. Chicago also grab more rebounds, with 44.8 to Minnesota’s 41.7 and dish more assists, with 23.6 to Minnesota’s 22.8. Minnesota despite being extremely unstable lately are the favorite for the win against a much weaker Chicago squad. Expect a bigger deficit than 9 points tonight, so pick Timberwolves in this one.
Chicago Bulls vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves -8.5 (-107)