Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (8-12) at Minnesota Timberwolves (8-10)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -2 -- Over/Under: 202.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves play host to the Portland Trailblazers tonight at the Target Center.
The Timberwolves have won three of their last five overall but are in danger of losing a third straight after falling to the Magic by 96-93 on Tuesday. Andrew Wiggins continued his fantastic season with a team-high 27 points while Kevin Martin added 16 points, but the Wolves shot a miserable 37.7 percent from the field and had to battle back from a 54-41 halftime deficit. On the bright side, the Wolves did do a great job of attacking the basket and finding their way to the charity stripe where they made 31 of 38, but they needed more production from Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine to get them over the line. With the loss, Minnesota drops to 8-10 on the season and 2-7 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Trailblazers have lost three of their last five but are coming off an impressive 123-111 win over the streaking Pacers. Damian Lillard led the team with 26 points and he had plenty of support as CJ McCollum added 21 points and Allen Crabbe chipped in with 18 points as the Blazers shot a healthy 51.8 percent from the field. Defensively, the Blazers did a great job of holding one of the hottest players in Paul George to just four of 17 shooting, but they did luck out a bit when Monta Ellis left the game with a shoulder contusion. Still, it was an impressive win which lifts Portland to 8-12 on the season and 5-5 at home.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, while the Wolves are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the Blazers are 36-17-1 ATS in the last 54 meetings overall and 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Minnesota.
The Wolves have been fantastic on the road all season, but I'm actually leaning towards the Blazers who are coming off a very nice upset win and are always a tricky team to beat at home.