The second best team of the East is clashing with the fourth best of the West tonight, when the Minnesota Timberwolves (29-18), looking to end a small losing streak, are hosting the Toronto Raptors (31-13), who want to extend a small winning streak of their own.
Date/Time: 01-20-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves -3.5
Timberwolves have a 29-18 record (22-23-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the fourth place of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Rockets with a 98-116 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Jimmy Butler with 21.6 ppg, adding 5.4 rpg and 5.1 assists. He is followed by Karl-Anthony Towns with 20.1 ppg and a team high 12 rebounds per game, while Andrew Wiggins adds 17.5 ppg.
Top Basketball BookmakersRaptors have a 31-13 record (24-20 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the second place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Spurs with an 86-83 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 25.2 ppg, adding 4.1 rebounds and 5 assists per game. He is followed by Kyle Lowry with 16.2 ppg, 6.1 rebounds and a team high 6.8 assists per game.
In their two meetings last season, each team managed to win at home (Wolves by 3 points and Raptors by 14). Wolves are 18-6 at home so far this season, while Raptors are 14-10 on the road. Raptors are better both offensively, scoring a third-best 111.4 ppg to Wolves’ 108.4 and defensively, allowing 103.8 ppg to Wolves’ 105. Wolves on the other hand have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.6% to Raptors’ 46.8% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 35.3% to Raptors’ 35.1%. Raptors are better in rebounding, grabbing 43.5 to Wolves’ 41.7, while Wolves are better in turnovers committed (12.7 to 13.7) and both teams dish almost the same number of assists per game (22.7 and 22.6). Wolves are looking to bounce back tonight and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread which they are expected to beat for the home victory.
Toronto Raptors vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves -3.5 (-111)