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Timberwolves vs. Jazz - 1/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Jazz (11-22) at Minnesota Timberwolves (5-26)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)

The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +2 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT, FSN+

The Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Saturday night at the Target Center.

The Utah Jazz have split their last 10 games and play their first road game of the month. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 96.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 100 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19.2 points and 4.1 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 15.6 points and 8.3 rebounds. Enes Kanter is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Trey Burke is shooting 36.8 percent from the field. The Utah Jazz have really improved defensively, as they’ve held six of their last eight opponents under 100 points. However, the Jazz continue to struggle offensively, as they’re shooting just 41.7 percent from the field in their last five games. Rodney Hood is doubtful for this game with a heel injury.

Timberwolves vs. Jazz - 1/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t won a game since December 10th and have no signs of ending that streak. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 98.6 points on 43.7 percent shooting and are allowing 108.7 points on 49.4 percent shooting. Thaddeus Young is averaging 14.1 points and 4.5 rebounds while Shabazz Muhammad is averaging 13.9 points and 4.1 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is shooting 41.1 percent from the field and Mo Williams is dishing 6.5 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves defense keeps taking the biggest hit this season, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 48.1 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from deep in their last five games. The Timberwolves have lost 15 straight games when allowing 100-plus points. The T-Wolves are also just 3-12 SU on their home court.

The Jazz are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest. The Timberwolves are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

While the Timberwolves are getting blown out lft and right and have all but given up on the season, the Jazz are still competitive and have far more talent to the point they should win this game easily. Take Utah with the easy victory and cover. 

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