The Minnesota Timberwolves (35-16) travel to face off against the Milwaukee Bucks (33-18) on Thursday, February 8th. This game will be played at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee and televised on BSW. Both the Timberwolves and Bucks will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Timberwolves vs Bucks
The Timberwolves Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Minnesota’s most recently played the Bulls and lost with a final score of 129-123. In addition, to losing the game straight-up, the Timberwolves lost vs. the spread as -5.5 point favorites. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 217 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
At 35-16, the Timberwolves have a record above .500 and will look to build on that against the Bucks. When playing away games, the Timberwolves are 16-11 this season compared to a 19-5 record at home.
Minnesota has a .500 ATS record so far this season, marked at 25-25. On the road, the Timberwolves have an ATS record of 12-14 compared to a 13-11 record vs. the spread at home.
The Bucks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Bucks’ most recent game versus the Suns saw Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the Bucks with 34 points while shooting 13/24 from the field. Malik Beasley finished 2nd on the team with 22 points, but Milwaukee ended the game with a 114-106 loss.
In their last three games, the Bucks have gone 1-2 and have an overall record of 33-18. When playing against Eastern Conference teams, the Bucks are 24-12 and have gone 9-6 in non-conference games.
For this season, Milwaukee has an ATS record of 19-32, along with an ongoing two game losing streak against the spread. When playing on the road, the Bucks hold an ATS record of 9-16 in contrast to a 10-16 record against the spread when playing at home.
Timberwolves Offense Breakdown
The Timberwolves come into today’s game as the 22nd ranked scoring offense at 113.1 points per game.
Heading into tonight’s game, the Timberwolves are 22nd in the league in scoring at 113.1 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 113.5 points per game compared to 112.7 at home.
Minnesota’s offense is 8th in field goal percentage at 48% and 7th in true shooting percentage. In terms of pace, they are 25th in the NBA.
So far this season, the Timberwolves have outscored the NBA scoring average in 43.1% of their games. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 2nd in the league at 39% but are 16th in three-point attempts.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
The Bucks come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 123.3 points per game (2nd).
At home, the Bucks are averaging 125.6 points per game, which is second in the league. Overall, they are second in scoring at 123.3 points per game. Milwaukee has outscored the NBA scoring average in 74.5% of their games this season.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Bucks are 6th in the league at 37%. They are also 2nd in the NBA in free throw attempts and makes. In terms of pace, Milwaukee is 2nd in the league at 101.9 possessions per game.
So far, the Bucks have made 49% of their field goals, which is 4th in the NBA. They are also 2nd in two-point field goal percentage at 58%. When it comes to offensive rebounds, Milwaukee is 26th in the league.
Timberwolves Team Defense
At this time, the Timberwolves’ defense is positioned 1st in the NBA, permitting 107.1 points per game. Opponents are hitting 50.5% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 35.4% of their three-point attempts.
Bucks Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Bucks will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 119.8 points per game (24th). In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Bucks defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.9% while allowing 34.6% from downtown.
Key Players For The Timberwolves And Bucks
In today’s game, we anticipate Anthony Edwards leading the scoring for the Timberwolves, contributing 25 points while shooting 9/19 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 25.9 points per game, in addition to 5.2 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Giannis Antetokounmpo as the leading scorer for the Bucks. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 32 while also collecting 12 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 61.1%, and he is contributing 31.3 points per game on average.
Timberwolves vs Bucks Trends
- Through their last five road contests, the Timberwolves offense has averaged 111 points per game while allowing an average of 108. Minnesota posted an overall record of 3-2 while going 2-3 ATS.
- In their last three games at home, the Bucks have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 114 points per game in these contests.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Timberwolves have gone 6-4 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 5-5.
- Through their last three games as the favorite, the Bucks have an ATS record of 2-1 and a straight up mark of 2-1.
Not only do we have the Bucks winning this one by a score of 125-116, but we see them covering the spread. Our pick is to grab the Bucks at -1.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 228.5, and our model projects the Timberwolves and Bucks to reach a combined total of 241 points. Our bet is on taking the over.
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