The Charlotte Hornets (9-31) travel to face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves (30-12) on Monday, January 22nd. This game will be played at Target Center in Minneapolis and televised on BSN. Both the Hornets and Timberwolves will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Hornets vs Timberwolves
The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Hornets were defeated by the 76ers in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 97-89. The Hornets may have lost the game outright, but they did succeed in covering the spread as +12 point underdogs. Considering the over/under, the total of 186 points fell short of the set over/under line of 227.
Coming into today’s game, the Hornets are 9-31 overall and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. In the Eastern Conference, the Hornets are in 13th place and are 4th in the Southeast division.
So far, Charlotte is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 14-24. The Hornets have been unable to cover the spread in their last four games as favorites, and they hold a 14-20 record against the spread when playing as underdogs.
The Timberwolves Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 19 points against the Thunder, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 41.3% in the game. Anthony Edwards contributed 19 points, but Minnesota lost the game 102-97.
When comparing the Timberwolves’ home and road records, they are 17-3 at home compared to 13-9 on the road. Overall, they have a record of 30-12 and have gone 6-4 in their last ten games.
Against the spread, Minnesota are currently above .500, at 21-20 ATS. During this season, Minnesota has a 16-16 record against the spread as favorites and 5-4 as underdogs.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
The Hornets come into today’s game as the 28th ranked scoring offense at 108.3 points per game.
Heading into their matchup with the Timberwolves, the Hornets are averaging 108.3 points per game, which is 28th in the NBA. They are also 28th in field goal percentage at 45%.
On the road, Charlotte is scoring 108.3 points per game, which is 28th in the league. In terms of pace, they are 22nd with 98 possessions per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Hornets are 19th in three-point percentage at 35%. They are also 26th in three-point makes at 11.8 per game.
Timberwolves Offense Breakdown
In 42 games games, Minnesota has an average of 113.1 points per game (21st).
This season, the Timberwolves have been one of the most efficient three-point shooting teams in the league, hitting 38% of their shots from beyond the arc (3rd). However, they are just 25th in pace at 97.8 possessions per game.
Minnesota’s offense has been strong overall, ranking 6th in field goal percentage (48%). They are 21st in scoring at 113.1 points per game.
At home, the Timberwolves are averaging 112 points per game compared to 114 on the road. So far, they have outscored the NBA average in just 42.9% of their games.
Hornets Team Defense
For the season, Charlotte is sitting 24th in terms of points allowed per game (119.8). It is worth noting they have given up a fewer number of points in two straight games. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Hornets are forcing 13.4 per game, which is 20th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 19th in blocked shots at 4.9 per game.
Timberwolves Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves’ defense is giving up an average of 107.3 points per contest. Minnesota’s defense is currently forcing 14.5 turnovers per game, which is 28th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 6th in blocked shots, with an average of 6 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Hornets And Timberwolves
Our projections for today’s game indicate that LaMelo Ball will be the primary scorer for the Hornets, with 23 points and going 8/19 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 25.1 points per game, in addition to 5.3 rebounds.
As for Minnesota, Anthony Edwards is projected to be the primary scorer for the Timberwolves. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 25, and adding 5 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 46.7%, and his scoring average is 25.9 points per game.
Hornets vs Timberwolves Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Charlotte has an ATS record of 1-4 while averaging 100 per game. The team went 1-4 overall in these games.
- Across their last three home contests, Minnesota has been good against the spread posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 119 points per game.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Hornets have a straight up record of 0-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 1-2.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Timberwolves have a straight up record of 6-4. Their record vs the spread in these games was 5-5.
Not only do we have the Timberwolves winning this one by a score of 117-100, but we see them covering the spread. Our pick is to grab the Timberwolves at -15.5.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 222 and our model has the Hornets and Timberwolves finishing with a combined 217 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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