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Wizards vs. Timberwolves - 12/16/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Timberwolves (5-18) at Washington Wizards (17-6)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Washington Wizards -13 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards play Tuesday night at the Verizon Center.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost eight of their last nine games and play a two-game road trip. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 98.5 points on 43.4 percent shooting and are allowing 108.5 points on 49.3 percent shooting. Thaddeus Young is averaging 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 12.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. Corey Brewer is averaging 3.3 assists per game and Zach LaVine is shooting 39.4 percent from the field. The Minnesota Timberwolves offense continues to struggle due to injuries, as they’re shooting just 41.1 percent from the field and 23.2 percent from deep in their last five games. The Timberwolves are 3-9 SU this season when scoring less than 100 points. Mo Williams is doubtful with a back injury.

Wizards vs. Timberwolves - 12/16/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Wizards have won eight of their last nine games and are fighting for the top seed in the East. On the season, the Wizards are averaging 100.7 points on 47.1 percent shooting and are allowing 96.6 points on 42.8 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 17.7 points and 10.3 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 15.4 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Marcin Gortat is grabbing 8.4 rebounds per game and Paul Pierce is shooting 44.1 percent from the field. The Washington Wizards remain an offensive machine, as they’re shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. However, defense has been the driving force for the Wizards this season, as they’re forcing 15.1 turnovers per game and are 14-0 SU this season when allowing less than 100 points.

The Timberwolves are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Tuesday games. The Wizards are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Washington and 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.

I really don't like laying this much chalk but the Timberwolves are missing all of their key players and are having a hard time putting the ball in the hoop. The Wizards should win this game by double digits but I don't love this steep line. 

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Washington Wizards -13

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