Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Charlotte Bobcats - 1/10/14
Charlotte Bobcats (15-21) at Minnesota Timberwolves (17-18)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -9 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves look to bounce back against the visiting Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.
Head to head, the Underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Timerwolves are 23-7-1 ATS in their last 31 games following a S.U. loss, 18-8-1 ATS in their last 27 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 22-10 ATS in their last 32 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bobcats on the other hand are 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 road games, but just 13-36-2 ATS in their last 51 vs. NBA Northwest and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
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I have a reasonable chunk of money invested in the Minnesota Timberwolves to get over 40.5 wins this season and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t starting to get worried. Following their heart-breaking 104-103 home loss the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, the Timberwolves have now dropped to 0-10 in games decided by four points or fewer. They simply can’t close out games and it’s starting to become a real problem for a team that desperately wants to return to the playoffs this season. Now, things aren’t all bad as Minnesota has played one of the tougher schedules out there and their bench play should improve dramatically with the return of Chase Budinger and Ronny Turiaf. If they had just won say four of those close games, they would be 21-14 right now and currently in the top eight in the West.
Having just said all of this, I do like Minnesota to cover the spread against the Charlotte Bobcats tonight for a couple of reasons. I like the fact that Kevin Love called some of his teammates out after their loss to the Suns. Just like when teams have players only meetings, you see them respond in their next couple of games and that’s what I expect to happen here. Plus, the Timberwolves have one of the best point differentials in the league because they beat up on the weaker teams. Just look at their last five wins, they have come by an average of just under 20 points per game.
The Bobcats are a very surprising 12-3-2 against the spread in their 17 road games this season, which is really an odd thing. However, before their win in Sacramento to close out their recent five-game road trip, Charlotte was pounded in Los Angeles (against the Clippers) and Portland by 27 and 30 points, respectively.
Bottom Line: I think Minnesota responds well tonight and continues their streak of smashing weaker teams, which is exactly what the soon to be Hornets are...
Dan’s Pick: Minnesota -9