Timberwolves vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Timberwolves vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction 3/8/2024

The Minnesota Timberwolves (44-19) travel to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (40-22) on Friday, March 8th. This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland and televised on ESPN. The Timberwolves are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Cavaliers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pacers. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.

Timberwolves vs Cavaliers

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The Timberwolves Are Coming Off A Win

The Timberwolves beat the Pacers in their most recent game, ending with a score of 113-111. At the beginning of the second half, the Timberwolves were leading 60-49.

Coming into today’s game against the Cavaliers, the Timberwolves are looking to stay above .500. Overall, they are 44-19 this season. In the Western Conference, the Timberwolves are 30-10 and have gone 14-9 in non-conference games.

Minnesota comes in with an overall ATS record of 31-31 so far this season. The Timberwolves have a four game ATS win streak as underdogs, and they hold a 23-27 record against the spread when they are the favorites.

The Cavaliers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Most recently, the Cavaliers lost to the Hawks with a final score of 112-101. Despite trailing at halftime by a score of 64-49, the Cavaliers picked up the win.

In their last ten games, the Cavaliers are 5-5 and have an overall record of 40-22. When playing on the road, the Cavaliers are 19-11 this season compared to 21-11 at home.

Cleveland comes in with an overall ATS record of 30-30 so far this season. On the road, the Cavaliers have an ATS record of 15-13 compared to a 15-17 record vs. the spread at home.

Timberwolves Offense Breakdown

The Timberwolves come into today’s game as the 19th ranked scoring offense at 113.3 points per game.

This season, the Timberwolves are 19th in scoring at 113.3 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 114.9 points per game.

Minnesota is 9th in field goal percentage at 48% and 7th in true shooting percentage. They are also 3rd in three-point shooting at 38%.

In terms of pace, the Timberwolves are 23rd in the league at 97.3 possessions per game. When it comes to assists, they are 16th at 26.3 per game.

Cavaliers Offense Breakdown

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The Cavaliers come into today’s game as the 18th ranked scoring offense at 114 points per game.

At home, the Cavaliers are scoring 115.1 points per game, which is 17th in the league. Overall, they are 18th in scoring at 114 points per game. In terms of three-point shooting, Cleveland is 7th in the NBA with an average of 13.6 made threes per game. However, they are just 16th in three-point shooting percentage.

So far this season, the Cavaliers have outscored the league average in 43.5% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 21st in the NBA at 97.6 possessions per game. When it comes to field goal percentage, Cleveland is 12th in the league at 47%.

When it comes to free throw shooting, the Cavaliers are 24th in made free throws at 15.8 per game. In terms of assists, they are 10th in the NBA with an average of 27.7 per game. Cleveland is also 17th in offensive rebounds at 10.3 per game.

Timberwolves Team Defense

So far, the Timberwolves defense is giving up 106.5 points per contest, which has them sitting 1st in the NBA. One thing to note, is they have given up more points than their season average in five straight matchups. Minnesota struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Pacers, giving up 13. For the game, Indiana scored 111 points in the game.

Cavaliers Team Defense

On defense, the Cavaliers come into the game ranked 2nd in the league in points allowed at 109.5 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 107.7 points per contest (1st). The Cavaliers defense is coming off a game in which they held the Hawks offense to just 43.8% shooting. Overall, they gave up 112 points to Atlanta.

Key Players For The Timberwolves And Cavaliers

In today’s game, we anticipate Anthony Edwards leading the scoring for the Timberwolves, contributing 25 points while shooting 9/19 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 26.4 points per game, along with 5.2 rebounds.

On the flip side, our predictions place Darius Garland as the leading scorer for the Cavaliers. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 18 while also collecting 2 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 45% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 18.2 points per game.

Timberwolves vs Cavaliers Trends

  • The Timberwolves are 3-0 ATS in their three last road games and 3-0 straight-up.
  • In their last three games at home, the Cavaliers have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 111 points per game in these contests.
  • Through their last three games as the underdog, the Cavaliers have an ATS record of 2-1 and a straight up mark of 2-1.
  • The last ten games that Minnesota was favored, they have an ATS mark of 4-6 while going 7-3 straight up.

Timberwolves vs Cavaliers Prediction

We’re calling a win for the Timberwolves, with a final score of 118-116, and we’re taking them to cover the spread. Our recommendation is to bet on the Timberwolves at -1.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 207.5 and given that our model is projecting 234 points between the teams, we like the over.

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