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Written by Dan on November 3, 2013

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 11/4/13: Dan's Free NBA Basketball Pick Against the Spread
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The Cleveland Cavaliers look to steady the ship against Kevin Love and the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves tonight

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to steady the ship against Kevin Love and the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.

Head to head, the Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the Favorite is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The Cavaliers are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 vs. NBA Northwest and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Timberwolves on the other hand are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Central and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games.

After winning their season opener in impressive fashion against Brooklyn, the Cleveland Cavaliers came up empty on their short two game road trip, especially on the offensive end. In their losses at Charlotte and Indiana, the Cavs were held to just 38% and 35% shooting, respectively. Their mark against Indiana was their lowest effort since shooting 33.3% at Indiana on Dec. 12, 2012. All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has especially struggled in the early stages of the season, shooting a combined 13-34 from the field and totaling just 31 points on their two game road trip.

The Minnesota Timberwolves improved to 3-0 for the first time in 12 years following their impressive 109-100 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. It didn’t take the Timberwolves long to kick into gear against the favoured Knicks, thanks to a 40-19 first quarter, which proved to be too large of a deficit for the home team to get back. Kevin Love continued his strong start to the season with 34 points and 15 rebounds while newly acquired Kevin Martin scored 30 points on 9-12 shooting, which included going a perfect 5-5 from beyond the arc.

This is a tough one because the Timberwolves are playing the better basketball of the two at the moment, but the Cavaliers are back home after two straight losses, so you would think they would be keen to turn things around tonight. The Cavaliers struggled offensively in their last two games, but the Timberwolves aren’t the best on that side of the ball, so this could be just the game they are looking for. Taking the home team with little confidence...

Dan’s Pick: Cleveland -2

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