Timberwolves vs. Suns - 2/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Suns (29-25) at Minnesota Timberwolves (11-42)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -1 -- Over/Under: 211.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, FSN
The Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves play Friday at the Target Center.
The Phoenix Suns have lost five of their last six games and begin a two-game road trip. On the season, the Suns are averaging 105.9 points on 46.1 percent shooting and are allowing 104.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 assists while Markieff Morris is averaging 15.1 points and six rebounds. Gerald Green is shooting 41.4 percent from the field and Marcus Morris is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns were busy during the trade deadline, as they traded both Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas, but were able to snag Brandon Knight. It’s really going to be interesting to see how this revamp Suns roster works as they’re still in the thick of a playoff race in the tough and brutal West.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are waiting for the season to end after splitting their last six games. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 97.5 points on 43.7 percent shooting and are allowing 106.1 points on 49.2 percent shooting. Kevin Martin is averaging 20.2 points and two assists while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 15.2 points and 4.3 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is dishing 7.8 assists and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves picked up Kevin Garnett before the trade deadline for Thaddeus Young, a move that will give them a leader and a mentor for such a young roster. As for this season and this game, the Timberwolves shouldn’t even be trying to win games at this point in hopes of landing a top draft pick.
The Suns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 7-16 ATS in their last 23 home games. The Suns are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Minnesota and -6 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
Instead of trying to decide if a new Suns team that likely won't even have Knight for this game can beat the Timberwolves, I'm siding with the over. Neither team plays a lick of defense, so expect this total to be topped.