Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/18/13
Portland Trail Blazers (21-4) at Minnesota Timberwolves (12-13)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
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The Portland Trailblazers go for a sixth straight win tonight when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Damian Lillard is making a habit of coming up big for the Blazers. After beating the Pistons in overtime on Sunday with a spinning fadeaway jumper, Lillard gave his team yet another win on Tuesday with a cocky game-winning three from about 27 feet as the Blazers won by 119-116 over the Cavaliers. Lillard in fact made a career-high eight threes on his way to 36 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and 15 rebounds as the Blazers improved to 22-4 on the season and 12-2 on the road.
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Meanwhile, Kevin Love has just been killing it lately, but it hasn't exactly translated into wins for the Wolves as they are coming off a 101-97 loss against the Celtics despite 27 points and 14 rebounds from Love. Nikola Pekovic added 13 points but the Wolves desperately needed another scoring option and they just didn't have the weapons with Kevin Martin already injured on the sidelines. Minnesota has now lost four of their last five to drop to 9-10 on the season and 5-9 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games and 16-6 ATS in their last 22 games overall, while the Wolves are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a loss and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Blazers are 23-6 ATS in the last 29 meetings and 17-5 ATS in the last 22 meetings in Minnesota.
Portland has dominated Minnesota for a while now, but the Wolves received a big boost for this meeting because Kevin Martin successfully went through the morning shootaround and is likely to suit up tonight. However, I can't resist taking one of the hottest teams in the league so I'm sticking with the Blazers to win this one by single digits.