Toronto Raptors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 1/17/14
Minnesota Timberwolves (18-20) at Toronto Raptors (19-18)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -2 -- Over/Under: 205.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors play host to Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night from Air Canada Center.
Head to head, the Timberwolves are 4-17 ATS in the last 21 meetings and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 meetings in Toronto while the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 12-2 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The Raptors are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 14-4 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Timberwolves on the other hand are 24-8-1 ATS in their last 33 game following a S.U. loss, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road game vs. a team with a winning home record an 23-11 ATS in their last 34 games playing on 1 days rest.
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The Toronto Raptors might have failed to cover the spread in their last game on Wednesday night in Boston, which makes it even more amazing that they are still 14-3 against the spread in their last 17 contests, which includes the game against the Celtics. Toronto has clearly been the third best team, albeit, in a very weak Eastern Conference and their recent results at home have been very impressive. The Raptors have won and covered in five straight home games and their average winning margin in those games has been a whopping 17.4 points, which includes victories over Indiana, New York and Brooklyn.
It was the same old story for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night as they dropped yet another close game, this time to the visiting Sacramento Kings 111-108. With the loss, the T-Wolves are now 0-11 in games decided by four points or less, which is a shockingly bad number given the talent this team has. Minnesota also hasn’t been a great travelling this season, dropping seven of their 19 games away from home.
Why would anyone take Minnesota in this spot? Don’t get me wrong, they can win this game as they have more individual talent that the Raptors, but they simply can’t close out any games that come down to the wire. Not only that, but they are on the road coming up against a Toronto team that is just on fire at the moment, both straight up and against the spread. I really do like watching this Wolves team play, but hard to look past the Raps in this one...
Dan’s Pick: Toronto -2