The Portland Trail Blazers (10-27) travel to face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves (26-11) on Friday, January 12th. This game will be played at Target Center in Minneapolis and televised on BSN. Both the Trail Blazers and Timberwolves will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Trail Blazers vs Timberwolves
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their latest game against the Thunder, Anfernee Simons was the top scorer for the Trail Blazers’ offense, scoring 14 points and shooting 4/13 from the field. Scoot Henderson added 13 points, but unfortunately, Portland was defeated in the game with a score of 139-77.
Heading into their matchup with the Timberwolves, the Trail Blazers are 10-27 on the season and are hoping to end a two game skid. They are currently 14th in the Western Conference and sit 5th in the Northwest division.
For this season, Portland has an ATS record of 16-21, along with an ongoing two game losing streak against the spread. In their last two games as underdogs, the Trail Blazers have faced ATS losses, and they have a 1-3 record against the spread as favorites.
The Timberwolves Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Anthony Edwards scored 29 for Minnesota against the Celtics which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 46.3%. Karl-Anthony Towns added 25 points, but unfortunately, Minnesota was defeated in the game with a score of 127-120.
With their 26-11 overall record, the Timberwolves are on top of the Western Conference and hold the top spot in the Northwest division. In their last three games, the Timberwolves have gone 1-2.
The Timberwolves are riding a two game ATS win streak and currently possess an overall ATS record of 18-18. Minnesota has covered the spread in two straight road games and are 10-10 ATS on the road compared to 8-8 at home.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
This season, the Portland offense is ranked 30th in the NBA in scoring at 107.4 points per game.
Heading into tonight’s game, the Trail Blazers are one of the worst offensive teams in the league, averaging just 107.4 points per game (30th). They have actually been slightly better on the road, scoring 105.0 PPG away from home.
So far this season, Portland has scored below the NBA scoring average in 78.4% of their games. They are also currently on a two-game streak of scoring less than their season average.
When it comes to shooting, the Trail Blazers have struggled from the field, ranking 30th in both field goal percentage (43%) and true shooting percentage. They are also last in the league in two-point field goal percentage (48%).
Timberwolves Offense Breakdown
In 37 games games, Minnesota has an average of 113.1 points per game (22nd).
Minnesota is one of the league’s top three-point shooting teams, ranking 4th in three-point percentage at 38%. They are also 8th in field goal percentage overall. However, their scoring offense is just 22nd in the NBA at 113.1 points per game.
At home, the Timberwolves are averaging 112.6 points per game compared to 113.6 on the road. Overall, they have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 40.5% of their games this season.
Minnesota is 23rd in pace and 19th in two-point field goals made. In terms of assists, they are 19th in the league.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
On defense, the Trail Blazers come into the game ranked 19th in the league in points allowed at 116.8 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 126 points per contest (1st). So far this season, the Trail Blazers’ defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 7th in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 23.5 times per game vs. Portland.
Timberwolves Team Defense
At this time, the Timberwolves’ defense is positioned 1st in the NBA, permitting 107.8 points per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Timberwolves’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 50.4% and allowing 34.9% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Trail Blazers And Timberwolves
In today’s game, our projections have Anfernee Simons leading the Trail Blazers with 22 points on 8/17 shooting from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 23.9 points per game, along with 3.4 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Anthony Edwards to be the top scorer for the Timberwolves. Our projection has him finishing the game with 25, and he is expected to secure 5 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 46%, and his scoring average is 26.3 points per game.
Trail Blazers vs Timberwolves Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Trail Blazers have a straight up record of 1-4 while going 1-4 vs. the spread. The team averaged 99 points per game in this stretch.
- When looking at their past three home matchups, Minnesota has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 113 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
- The last five games that Portland was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 1-4 while going 1-4 straight up.
- Minnesota has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 2-1 SU and 2-1 ATS in their last three games.
In this Trail Blazers vs. Timberwolves matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Trail Blazers at +14.5. While we project the Timberwolves to win 113-102, our recommendation is to bet on the Trail Blazers for the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 221.5, and our model projects the Trail Blazers and Timberwolves to reach a combined total of 215 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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