Timberwolves vs. Magic - 4/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (22-53) at Minnesota Timberwolves (16-59)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, FSN
The Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves play Friday at the Target Center.
The Orlando Magic look to snap a four-game losing streak. On the season, the Magic are averaging 95.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 102.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 19.3 points and 11.1 rebounds while Victor Oladipo is averaging 17.8 points and 4.2 assists. Elfrid Payton is dishing 6.3 assists and Channing Frye is shooting 39.2 percent from the field. The Orlando Magic are giving up 106.5 points in their last five games and have lost 18 of their last 20 games when allowing 100-plus points. Needless to say, the Magic are happy this season is just a few games away from coming to an end. The Magic have lost 12 straight games on the road.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves look to snap a five-game losing streak. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 97.7 points on 43.8 percent shooting and are allowing 106.1 points on 48.7 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 16.3 points and 4.4 rebounds while Gorgui Dieng is averaging 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing 3.2 assists and Chase Budinger is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 50.7 percent shooting and 109.6 points in their last five games. The Timberwolves have allowed 100-plus points in 12 of their last 13 games. The Timberwolves nearly entire roster is banged up and they’ve lost five straight on their home court.
The Magic are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Northwest and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Timberwolves are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-16 ATS in their last 23 vs. Eastern Conference. The Magic are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
Again, the Timberwolves are unbackabale with their entire roster not healthy. The best bet would be to leave this game alone but if forced to pick, I'm siding with the healthier team in Orlando.