Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Chicago Bulls - 4/9/14
Chicago Bulls (45-32) at Minnesota Timberwolves (38-38)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +1.5 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, FSN
The Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves will play for the second time this season on Wednesday. The Timberwolves won the first meeting back in January, 95-86.
The Bulls continue to fight with the Toronto Raptors for the third seed in the East, as they’ve won seven of their last eight games. On the season, the Bulls average 93.4 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allow 91.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting. The Bulls have held 11 of their last 12 opponents to 97 or less points and are allowing 29.4 percent from three in their last five games. Offensively, D.J. Augustine has scored 23 or more points in three of his last five games. The Chicago Bulls are 39-37-1 ATS overall and 19-18-1 ATS on the road.
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The Timberwolves have won five of their last eight games, including a 110-91 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. On the season, the Timberwolves average 106.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allow 103.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Ricky Rubio is dishing out nine assists and shooting 45.9 percent from the field in his last five games. Defensively, the Timberwolves have lost six of their last eight games when allowing their opponent to score more than 100 points. The Minnesota Timberwolves are 37-39 ATS overall and 17-20 ATS at home.
The Bulls are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Timberwolves are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bulls are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota, while the favortie is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The Timberwolves are coming off a big win and a back-to-back, while the Bulls are the better team and need to keep winning in hopes of clinching the third seed in the East. Taking the Bulls and the small chalk seems a little too easy. Still, I’ll bite.
Give me Chicago in what should be the steal of the day.