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Orlando Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 11/7/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Timberwolves (2-2) at Orlando Magic (1-4)

NBA Basketball: Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)

The Line: Orlando Magic +2.5 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-N, FSN-FL

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic play Friday night at the Amway Center.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are off to a decent 2-2 start and hope they can keep the momentum going with a win here. The Timberwolves have displayed a balanced attack that includes an offense that’s averaging 100.3 points on 44.8 percent shooting from the field. Kevin Martin leads Minnesota with 23.7 points per game and 5.3 rebounds, while Thaddeus Young is averaging 15.8 points on 49.1 percent shooting. What’s even more promising for the Timberwolves is that rookie Andrew Wiggins is coming off his best game yet with 17 points and four rebounds. Ricky Rubio leads the Timberwolves with 11 assists per game and has 29 of them in his last two games. Defensively, the Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 98.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting from the field.

Orlando Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 11/7/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Orlando Magic are coming off their first win of the season over the Philadelphia 76ers and now hope to win their first home game. The Magic are struggling offensively, averaging just 91.6 points per game on 44.6 percent shooting from the field and 32.5 percent from beyond the arc. Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic are averaging 17.8 points per game each, while Evan Fournier is averaging 14.6 points per game on 47.3 percent shooting. Newly acquired Channing Frye is 7-19 from downtown in his last three games and rookie Elfrid Payton has produced 35 assists on the season. The Magic have scored less than 100 points in nine straight regular season games and have lost eight of those nine games. Defensively, the Orlando Magic are allowing 100.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting.

The Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Orlando and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.

As I mentioned in my power rankings before the season, I think the Minnesota Timberwolves are better than expected and have enough talent to be a surprise team this season. The Magic on the other hand will continue to struggle on both ends of the court. Give me Minnesota at the cheap price.

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Minnesota Timberwolves -2.5

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