Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Utah Jazz - 3/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (34-36) at Minnesota Timberwolves (23-48)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +5.5 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz invade the Target Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.
The Jazz have won six of their last eight games but they'll be looking to bounce back after getting hammered by the Thunder in a 113-91 loss on Thursday. Trey Burke had a nice game of 17 points in just 12 minutes off the bench, Trey Lyles added 14 points while Rodney Hood had 11, but no other player finished in double figures as the Jazz just had no answer for the Thunder who were allowed to shoot 54.2 percent from the field. Gordon Hayward is averaging 20 points per game this season but had just six points while Rudy Gobert played just 16 minutes to finish with just four points. With the loss, Utah drops to 35-37 on the season which leaves them in ninth place in the Western Conference.
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Meanwhile, the Timberwolves have officially been eliminated from the playoff picture but that hasn't stopped them from playing some impressive basketball lately. Following a narrow loss to the league-best Warriors, the Wolves put it all together in a 113-104 win over the Kings on Wednesday thanks to big games from the usual suspects. Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with 26 points and 11 rebounds while Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 23 points apiece as the Wolves shot a healthy 56.3 percent from the field to beat the slumping Kings. Minnesota has now won three of its last six games to improve to 23-48 on the season.
In ATS trends, the Jazz are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall, while the Wolves are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games.
Head to head, the Jazz are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in Minnesota and the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings.
Despite having nothing to play for this season, the Wolves have really sprung to life over the last couple of weeks and I wouldn't be surprised if they pulled off the minor upset in this one, but I think the play is with the Jazz who can't afford to lose this game given their position on the Western Conference standings. Take Utah to pull away late and come out with the win and cover tonight.