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Timberwolves at Pistons - 12/31/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Timberwolves (11-20) at Detroit Pistons (17-15)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)

The Line: Detroit Pistons -7.5 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons meet New Year’s Eve at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a nice win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 100.6 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 46 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.7 points and 1.7 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 15.9 points and 9.4 rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing 3.4 assists and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.6 turnovers per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost five of their last six road games. 

Timberwolves at Pistons - 12/31/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Detroit Pistons could use a nice win after splitting their last 10 games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 101 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 100.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Reggie Jackson is averaging 20.1 points and 6.3 assists while Andre Drummond is averaging 18.2 points and 16 rebounds. Marcus Morris is grabbing 5.6 rebounds and Steve Blake is dishing 3.1 assists. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 65.6 percent from the free throw line. The Pistons are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15 turnovers per game. The Detroit Pistons have won seven of their last 10 home games.

The Timberwolves are 13-29 ATS in their last 42 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Pistons are 25-10-1 ATS in their last 36 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest. The Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Detroit and 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall. 

The Pistons should have their way with a Timberwolves team that continues to struggle defensively and played a long game Wednesday night. I look for the Pistons to win this by double digits. 

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Detroit Pistons -7.5

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