Portland Trail Blazers Travel to Minnesota to Face the Timberwolves
The Portland Trail Blazers haven’t had the best luck recently, and it’s not getting better. After facing the Suns, they’ll have to head to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves in two consecutive games.
Normally, this wouldn’t be much trouble for a team, but two more losses could be devastating. However, two wins in a row could put Portland back on the right track this season.
Currently, the Minnesota Timberwolves have the number seven spot in the Western Conference. However, with a recent win over the Warriors, they’re climbing up.
These games against the Trail Blazers could be exactly what they need to get higher in the conference. Led by Karl-Anthony Towns, the Minnesota Timberwolves will try to take down Portland on Saturday.
Game Preview: Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves March 5th
Injuries have been the real problem for the Trail Blazers this season. However, they still sit just outside the top ten in the Western Conference.
Considering they’re so close, there is a way they could get to the play-in tournament. The only key here is they have to start winning games, and their offense is one of the worst. Unfortunately, their defense is about just as bad as the offense.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have the sixth-best scoring offense in the NBA. On average, the Timberwolves put up 113.31 points per game. However, this is also a team that has an absolutely atrocious defense.
This season, the Timberwolves allow an average of 112.26 points per game. This leaves an opening for the struggling Portland Trail Blazers to win this game.
Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Prediction
The last time these two faced was at the end of January of 2022. The Timberwolves came in as three-point favorites and won the game 109-107. Considering they didn’t cover the spread, some might avoid taking the Timberwolves here.
However, we’d advise that you should take the Timberwolves as long as the spread is around the same. If not, the Trail Blazers are your pick.
Over their last three games, the Timberwolves have gone 3-0 against the Trail Blazers. In those three games, they’ve gone 2-1 against the spread.
This season, the Timberwolves are 16-14-1 against the spread when playing at home. Although this isn’t a fantastic record, it’s much better than Portland’s 10-17 ATS record on the road. Taking the Timberwolves is likely your best bet.
When it comes to the total, take into account the defenses of both these teams. Sure, the Portland offense isn’t great, but against the Timberwolves, they can be better.
It works the same for the Timberwolves, who already have an incredible offense. They’re facing one of the worst defenses in the NBA, so take the over on the total here.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.