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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Miami Heat - 12/7/13

Miami Heat (14-5) at Minnesota Timberwolves (9-10)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)

The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +6 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds


The Minnesota Timberwolves will be without Kevin Love when they take on the Miami Heat tonight.

The Heat won 10 straight and 13 of 14 before losing their last two against the Pistons and the Bulls and you can blame their shortcomings at one thing and one thing only, rebounds. On Tuesday against the Pistons, the Heat were outrebounded by 46-34 which was highlighted by Andre Drummonds eight offensive rebounds, and things only got worse against the Bulls on Thursday when they were outrebounded by 49-27. LeBron James is in a bit of a slump as well, averaging just 22 points and four assists which, by his standards is a slump. In injury news, Dwyane Wade participated in the team's morning shootaround and is expected to play tonight.

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Miami Heat - 12/7/13

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Meanwhile, the Wolves were have lost four of their last five and because they had their last game postponed, haven't played since a 113-103 loss against the Thunder back on Sunday. Minnesota started the game hot and worked their way toward an 83-78 lead entering the fourth quarter but wilted against the Thunder's defense, scoring just 20 points the rest of the way. Kevin Martin led the scoring with 24 points, while Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 10 rebounds, but Kevin Love had just 16 points and is expected to miss tonight's game for personal reasons.

In ATS trends, the Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 5-1 ATS in their last six road games, while the Wolves are 1-4 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the Heat are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five in Minnesota.

The Heat are ranked 29th in the league in rebounding so their recent struggles on the boards shouldn't surprise you, but with the league's leading rebounder missing from the Wolves' lineup, this seems like a good a spot as any for a nice rebound game for the Heat.

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