Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 11/13/13
Cleveland Cavaliers (3-5) at Minnesota Timberwolves (5-3)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -8.5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves look to get back on track with a win tonight when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kevin Love has been an absolute beast so far this season, but despite scoring 23 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists, the Wolves fell two points short to the Clippers on Monday when Love's tip in at the buzzer trickled off the front of the rim. Nikola Pekovic added 25 points and 10 rebounds and Kevin Martin continued his fantastic season with a game-high 30 points but it was on the defensive end was where the Wolves were struggling, allowing the Clippers to shoot 55 percent, including Jamal Crawford who scored a game-changing 18 points off the bench. Despite the loss, the Wolves are still 5-3 on the season and a modest 2-2 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have lost three of their last four and are coming off a 96-81 against the Bulls despite holding them to 41 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving missed 14 of his 19 shots to finish with 16 points and Jarrett Jack missed all of his six shots to finish with two points. Other than their defense, the only real positive from the Cavs' loss was the play of Andrew Bynum who had finished with just 11 points, but was moving quite well in his 21 minutes as a starter which pushed Anderson Varejao to the bench. Just when you think Bynum could be getting on a roll, he is being excused from the team to address a family medical matter which means we will have to wait a little longer to see if he will remain as the starter on a permanent basis.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall and 0-7 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Wolves are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win.
Head to head, the Cavs beat the Wolves by 93-92 last week behind 19 points from CJ Miles, but they are just 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall despite a 6-2 ATS record in the last meetings in Minnesota.
I would have loved to see Bynum and Varejao battle with Love and Pekovic in the post but I guess we'll have to wait a little longer for that matchup. Instead, we'll be treated to Irving vs Rubio which is worth the price of admission on its own and I think the Wolves will get a little bit of revenge tonight. Minnesota has been extra special at home and I get the feeling they'll be too good for the stumbling Cavs here.