Miami Heat vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 4/4/14
Minnesota Timberwolves (37-37) at Miami Heat (52-22)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, SUN
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat will play their second and final meeting this season on Friday. The Heat won the previous meeting back in December, 103-82.
The Timberwolves have lost five of their last eight games, but are coming off an impressive 102-88 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. On the season, the Timberwolves average 106.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allow 103.4 points on 47 percent shooting. The Timberwolves are shooting a lights out 51.4 percent from the field in their last five games. Kevin Love has grabbed 29 rebounds in his last two games and is shooting 40 percent from three in his last five. The Minnesota Timberwolves are 36-38 ATS overall and 19-18 ATS on the road.
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The Miami Heat are trying to secure the top seed in the East and have won five of their last six games. On the season, the Heat average 102.8 points on 50.4 percent shooting and allow 97.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting. The Heat have been playing playoff caliber defense lately, allowing just 77.8 points in their last five games. Keep in mind Dwyane Wade has missed the last four games with hamstring issues. The Heat do expect to get Ray Allen and Greg Oden back in the lineup for this matchup. The Miami Heat are 35-37-2 ATS overall and 16-19-1 ATS at home.
The Timberwolves are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The favorite is is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings, while the Timberwolves are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Miami has been playing solid basketball with the playoffs around the corner and are still chasing the No.1 seed in the East. Meanwile, Minnesota plays no defense and has been brutal against the number over the last month. Take Miami and the chalk.