Sacramento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 4/7/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (16-60) at Sacramento Kings (26-50)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to the Sleep Train Arena to battle the Sacramento Kings tonight.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been dealing with injuries all season but things just go from bad to worse as they head into tonight hoping to avoid a seventh straight loss. On Friday, Andrew Wiggins had a nice game of 22 points, Justin Hamilton added 14 points while Kevin Martin had 12 points, but the Wolves really struggled defensively as they had no answer for the Magic's Nikola Vucevic who scorched them for 37 points on 18 of 25 shooting. With players like Kevin Garnett, Nikola Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng all missing time, the Wolves have been particularly soft in the paint and they're going to need players like Kevin Martin and Zach LaVine to get hot on offense just to stay competitive in the final games of the season.
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Meanwhile, the Sacromento Kings have been dealing with their own set of injuries this season but at least they've been able to turn to DeMarcus Cousins as he's been on a tear lately, averaging 28.3 points, 18.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists in his last four outings. Unfortunately, it still wasn't enough as the Kings have lost their last five and are coming off a 101-95 loss to the Jazz. Cousins led the way with 26 points and 12 rebounds while Ben McLemore added 20 points, but the Kings continued to struggle with players like Rudy Gay and Darren Collison still injured on the sidelines. On the bright side, Gay could make his return for this game as he looks to have recovered from his concussion.
In ATS trends, the Wolves are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games but 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall, while the Kings are 6-16 ATS in their last 22 games playing on one days rest and 17-35-2 ATS in their last 54 games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings and the underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last eight also.
Neither team has anything to play for in this game so this one probably won't be worth watching unless you're a Cousins fan, because if the Wolves thought guarding Vucevic was tough, Cousins is going to absolutely give them nightmares in this one.