Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 1/27/14
Minnesota Timberwolves (21-22) at Chicago Bulls (22-21)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +2.5 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds
The fun to watch Minnesota Timberwolves will make their way to the United Center to play the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. Minnesota has won three of its last four but is coming off a loss to Portland, while Chicago continues to play inspired basketball without Derrick Rose, winning four of its last five games.
This matchup is quite interesting considering the Bulls have beaten the Timberwolves in their last seven meetings. Minnesota has not beaten Chicago since January of 2009. This is their first of two matchups this season, but that has to weigh in their back of their mind heading into a hostile environment in Chicago.
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The Timberwolves continue to gain attention with an offense that has been of fire all season. They’ve scored more than 100 points in three straight games and seem to be getting any shot they like against just about any team in the league. It’s no longer just the Kevin Love show, as Kevin Martin lead the way Saturday night with 30 points against Portland. Speaking of Love, make sure you check his status leading up to this game considering he did tweak his ankle a couple of times earlier last week against Golden State.
Chicago, of course, has been the complete opposite of Minnesota. This team is all defense and little to no offense. The Bulls shoot just 42.6 percent from the field are lucky to break the 90-point mark half of the time. However, point guard D.J. Augustin has really found another gear as of late, scoring at least 27 points in three of the last four games. Chicago is also holding teams to an average of 92.8 points per game in its last five.
Unlike Portland and Golden State, Chicago isn’t going to give Minnesota whatever it wants offensively. It’s going to have to grind this game out, which of course, favors the home team. Chicago is a passionate team that plays well at home, and I think Joakim Noah can do just enough to prevent Love from having one of his monster games.
Minnesota is 1-9 this season when scoring fewer than 100 points, and I believe Chicago is good enough defensively to hold them under that number. Give me the Bulls and the points.