Trail Blazers vs. Timberwolves - 4/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (27-52) at Portland Trail Blazers (43-37)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 218 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, CSNN
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers meet late Saturday night at the Moda Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 101.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 47 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.8 points and 2.1 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 18.2 points and 10.5 rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing 3.1 assists and Shabazz Muhammad is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won three of their last four road games.
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The Portland Trail Blazers look to keep rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 104.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 104.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.3 points and 6.8 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 20.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. Allen Crabbe is dishing 1.2 assists and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers haven’t lost a home game since February 25.
The Timberwolves are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Timberwolves are 1-6-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Portland and 16-34-1 ATS in the last 51 meetings overall.
You guys know I love this Portland Trail Blazers team, and we've made money on them countless times in the second half of the season. Portland is finally getting a big line here but should be able to cover against a subpar Minnesota club. Give me the Trail Blazers by double digits.