The Minnesota Timberwolves (35-15) travel to face off against the Chicago Bulls (23-27) on Tuesday, February 6th. This game will be played at United Center in Chicago and televised on NBCS. The Timberwolves are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Bulls are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Rockets. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Timberwolves vs Bulls
The Timberwolves Are Coming Off A Win
The Timberwolves took down the Rockets in their most recent game with a final score of 111-90. The Timberwolves not only secured a straight-up victory in this game but also covered the spread as -8-point favorites. Considering the over/under, the total of 201 points fell short of the set over/under line of 221.5.
The Timberwolves are 35-15 overall this season and are above .500. When playing at home, they are 19-5 compared to 16-10 on the road.
Minnesota has an overall ATS record of 25-24 as they come into today’s game. During this season, Minnesota has a 19-20 record against the spread as favorites and 6-4 as underdogs.
The Bulls Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Bulls lost to the Kings with a final score of 123-115. Despite trailing at halftime by a score of 71-52, the Bulls picked up the win.
As they prepare to take on the Timberwolves, the Bulls are below .500 at 23-27. In road games, the Bulls are 9-15 this season while going 14-12 at home.
Against the spread, Chicago have an above .500 record vs. the spread sitting at 25-24 ATS. On the road, the Bulls have an ATS record of 11-12 compared to a 14-12 record vs. the spread at home.
Timberwolves Offense Breakdown
Through 50 games the Timberwolves are averaging 112.9 points per contest, placing them 22nd in the NBA.
This season, the Timberwolves are scoring 112.9 points per game, which is 22nd in the NBA. In terms of pace, they are 25th in the league at 97.4 possessions per game.
When it comes to field goal percentage, Minnesota is 8th at 48%. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 2nd in the league at 39%.
So far, the Timberwolves have outscored the NBA scoring average in 42% of their games. They have also made 18.5 free throws per game, which is 12th in the league.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
Chicago has recorded an average of 111.1 points per game (26th) throughout 50 games games.
This season, the Bulls have struggled to score, ranking 26th in the league at 111.1 points per game. At home, they are averaging 111.5 points compared to 110.6 on the road.
Chicago’s offense is 27th in pace at 96.8 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 23rd in the league at 46%. Inside the arc, the Bulls are 15th in two-pointers made per game.
So far, the Bulls have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 36% of their games. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 24th in both three-point percentage and attempts.
Timberwolves Team Defense
Currently, the Timberwolves’ defense holds the 1st rank in the NBA, allowing 106.7 points per game. Minnesota’s defense is currently forcing 14.2 turnovers per game, which is 27th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 9th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.9 rejections per game.
Bulls Team Defense
On defense, the Bulls come into the game ranked 11th in the league in points allowed at 112.6 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 117 points per contest (14th). On two point field goal attempts, the Bulls’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 55.7% and allowing 36.7% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Timberwolves And Bulls
For today’s matchup, we project Anthony Edwards to lead the scoring for the Timberwolves, putting up 25 points and shooting at a rate of 9/19. Throughout this season, his average stands at 25.6 points per game, along with 5.1 rebounds.
As for Chicago, DeMar DeRozan is projected to be the primary scorer for the Bulls. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 22, and adding 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 46.5% and is averaging 22 points per contest.
Timberwolves vs Bulls Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Timberwolves have a straight up record of 2-1 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 105 points per game in these contests.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Chicago has an ATS record of 4-1 while averaging 116 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
- Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, Chicago has an ATS mark of 1-4 while going 0-5 straight up.
- Through their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Timberwolves have a good straight up record, but their ATS mark is just 2-3.
For a point-spread bet in this Timberwolves vs. Bulls matchup, we’re leaning towards the Bulls at +5.5. Although our projections show the Timberwolves winning 115-113, we suggest placing your bet on the Bulls for the point-spread.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 217.5 and our model has the Timberwolves and Bulls finishing with a combined 228 points. Our pick is to take the over.
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