The Minnesota Timberwolves (20-5) travel to face off against the Philadelphia 76ers (18-8) on Wednesday, December 20th. This game will be played at Wells Fargo Center. The Timberwolves are coming off a win in their previous game, while the 76ers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Heat. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Timberwolves vs 76ers
The Timberwolves Are Coming Off A Win
The Timberwolves clinched a 112-108 win over the Heat in their previous game. the Timberwolves not only secured a victory straight-up but also did so while covering the spread as -2-point favorites. Before the game, the over/under line was 218 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.
Coming into today’s matchup with the 76ers, the Timberwolves are looking to stay above .500. Right now, their record is 20-5. In the Western Conference, the Timberwolves are in 1st place and also lead the Northwest division.
Minnesota has an overall ATS record of 14-10 as they come into today’s game. This season, Minnesota has a 11-8 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 3-2 when playing as underdogs.
The 76ers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The 76ers will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Bulls with a final score of 108-104. The 76ers turned the game around and came out on top, despite being in a trailing position at halftime with 55-44.
In their last ten games, the 76ers are 7-3 and have an overall record of 18-8 as they prepare to face the Timberwolves. When playing against other Eastern Conference teams, the 76ers are 14-6 compared to a 4-2 record in non-conference games.
Philadelphia is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 19-7. Philadelphia has gone 16-5 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 3-2 when playing as underdogs.
Timberwolves Offense Breakdown
This season, the Minnesota offense is ranked 18th in the NBA in scoring at 113.5 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12 made 3’s per game. If Minnesota continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 24th in the league in possessions per game.
76ers Offense Breakdown
The 76ers arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 122.2 points per game (4th). Coming into today’s game, the 76ers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.3 made 3’s per game. Despite struggling with their outside shot, Philadelphia remains one of the better offensive units in large part to their ability to get to the charity stripe. So far, the team is averaging 23.6 made free-throws per game.
Timberwolves Team Defense
So far this season, the Timberwolves defense has been performing well, ranking 1 in the NBA at 105.9 points allowed per contest.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Timberwolves squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 49.7% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 33.7% from downtown.
76ers Team Defense
The 76ers’ defense is presently ranked 7 in the league, allowing an average of 110.9 points per contest.
Philadelphia’s defense is currently forcing 12.3 turnovers per game, which is 6th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 7th in blocked shots, with an average of 6.2 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Timberwolves And 76ers
In today’s game, our projections have Karl-Anthony Towns leading the Timberwolves with 16 points on 6/11 shooting from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 22.2 points per game, along with 9.5 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Joel Embiid as the leading scorer for the 76ers. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 25 while also collecting 8 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 53.4% and is averaging 34.4 points per contest.
Timberwolves vs 76ers Trends
- The Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last road games and 4-1 straight-up.
- In their last five home games, Philadelphia has averaged 125 points per game while allowing 113. The team’s record in this stretch was 3-2 while going 4-1 vs. the spread.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Timberwolves have a straight up record of 4-6. Their record vs the spread in these games was 5-5.
- The 76ers have played well in their last five games as the betting favorite, going 4-1 straight up and 4-1 against the spread.
Not only do we have the 76ers winning this one by a score of 114-109, but we see them covering the spread. Our pick is to grab the 76ers at -3.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 226.5, and our model projects the Timberwolves and 76ers to reach a combined total of 223 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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