In this high caliber Western showdown, the fourth and sixth best teams of the conference are clashing, when the Minnesota Timberwolves (28-16), looking to extend a big winning streak, are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers (22-20), who are coming off two consecutive defeats.
Date/Time: 01-14-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves -6
Timberwolves have a 28-16 record (21-21-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 4th place of the West. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Knicks with a 118-108 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Jimmy Butler with 21.4 ppg, adding 5.4 rpg and 5.1 assists. He is followed by Karl-Anthony Towns with 20.2 ppg and a team high 12 rebounds per game, while Andrew Wiggins adds 17.7 ppg.
Top Basketball BookmakersBlazers have a 22-20 record (19-19-4 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 6th place of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Pelicans with a 113-119 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 24.9 ppg, adding 4.8 rebounds and a team high 6.4 assists per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 21.6 ppg, while Jusuf Nurkic adds 14.7 ppg and a team high 7.9 rebounds per game.
In their previous matchup earlier this season, Wolves won at home with a 108-107 score. Wolves are 17-6 at home so far this season, while Blazers are 12-10 on the road. Wolves are better offensively, scoring 108.5 ppg to Blazers’ 103.7, while Blazers are better defensively, allowing 102.8 ppg to Wolves’ 104.7. Wolves have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 47.6% to Blazers’ 45%, while Blazers have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 37% to Wolves’ 35.2%. Blazers are better in rebounding, grabbing 44.5 to Wolves’ 41.9, while Wolves are better in assists made, with 22.8 to Blazers’ league-low of 19 and in turnovers committed (12.9 to 14.5). Wolves are hot once again and they have been very strong at home thorough the season. Vegas odds give them a -6 spread and expect them to beat those odds easily for the home victory tonight.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves -6 (-110)