Cavaliers vs. Timberwolves - 12/23/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (5-21) at Cleveland Cavaliers (16-10)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -14 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSOH, NBATV
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers square off Tuesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost five straight games and begin a four-game road trip. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 98.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting and are allowing 108.4 points on 49.7 percent shooting. Thaddeus Young is averaging 14.1 points and 4.4 rebounds while Shabazz Muhammad is averaging 13.2 points and 3.7 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is shooting 38.5 percent from the field and Mo Williams is dishing out 6.5 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to be limited with injuries to key players, which has hurt their defense even more as they’re allowing teams to shoot 50 percent from the field during this five-game losing streak. The Timberwolves are just 2-10 SU on the road this season and are the worst team in the West.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have split their last six games and would love some consistency. On the season, the Cavaliers are averaging 102.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting and are allowing 99.4 points on 47 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.2 points and 7.8 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 19.7 points and 5.4 assists. Kevin Love is shooting 43.4 percent from the field and Anderson Varejao is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers main issues continues to be on the defensive side, as teams are shooting 51.5 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from deep in their last five games. The good news for Cleveland fans is that the Cavs have won nine straight games when holding a team under 100 points. The Cavaliers have been a hide and watch team all season.
The Timberwolves are 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 vs. NBA Central and 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 road games. The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Can the Cavs start winning games outright on a consistent basis before they get this much respect? I don't care about the huge talent gap, Cleveland has been brutal against the number all season and has been just barely getting by. Give me the points here.