Heat vs. Timberwolves - 11/8/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (2-3) at Miami Heat (3-2)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -6 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-N, Sun Sports
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat play Saturday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Minnesota Timberwolves lost an overtime game Friday to the Orlando Magic and lost their star point guard Ricky Rubio to an ankle injury. Rubio is listed as doubtful for this game, putting the Timberwolves in almost a no win situation. The good news is that the Timberwolves still pack a scoring punch with guys such as Kevin Martin, Thaddeus Young and Nikola Pekovic scoring in the double digits. The bad news is that Rubio is averaging 11 assists per game and helps those guys get those quality looks. Veteran Mo Williams will likely get the nod at point guard. Rookie Andrew Wiggins is 10-18 from the field in his last 10 games. Defensively, the Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 98.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting from the field.
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The Miami Heat look to snap a two-game losing streak and get their third win already at home. Even without LeBron James, the Heat are averaging a healthy 101.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting from the field. Chris Bosh leads the way with 24.2 points and 11 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade is second on the team with 18.6 points per game. Shawne Williams is also somebody who has started to come along, as he’s hit three threes in each of his last four games. The Miami Heat have won seven of their last 10 regular season games when scoring 100 or more points. Defensively, the Miami Heat are allowing 99.4 points on 48 percent shooting, numbers that have to improve if they’re going to be a true contender in the East. As they have been all season, Chris Andersen, Danny Granger and Udonis Haslem remain questionable with injuries.
The Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest. The Heat are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Northwest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The Timberwolves are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings, while the road team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
With the injury to Rubio, I'm not sure how Minnesota keeps this game close. The Heat should be able to beat up the Timberwolves on both ends of the floor and win this game by double digits.