Portland Trail Blazers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 11/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (4-10) at Portland Trail Blazers (12-4)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -12.5 -- Over/Under: 212 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to the Moda Center to battle the Portland Trailblazers tonight.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been just one of the unluckiest teams so far this season when it comes to injuries, but they didn't let that get in the way of beating the lowly Lakers on Friday night. Mo Williams scplred for 25 points and 11 assists while Thaddeus Young added 22 points of his own, but the biggest performance came from the rookie Zach LaVine who poured in 28 points in 11 of 14 shooting off the bench. The Lakers are ranked dead last in points allowed, so it's not that surprising that the Wolves poured on 120 points, but they did lose eight of their nine games before this win, so this was a win that was long overdue.
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Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers have been one of the best teams so far this season, but they will be looking for a big win after they had their eight-game win streak snapped on Friday against the league-leading Grizzlies. Wesley Matthews led the team with 26 points while LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard scored 19 and 20 points respectively, but the defensive effort wasn't there as the Grizzlies were allowed to shoot 53.6 percent. There was just no stopping the one-two punch of Mike Conley and Marc Gasol who both flirted with triple doubles and the Blazers just couldn't dig themselves out of the hole with threes like they usually do as Matthews sunk a season-high seven, but the rest of the team made just one of 16.
In ATS trends, the Wolves are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record, while the Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team below .400 and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Head to head, the Wolves are only 6-23 ATS in the last 29 meetings overall and 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Portland.
Plain and simple, the spread looks a little inflated, but this just looks like a picture perfect spot for the Blazers to bounce back and win big against a lesser team in front of their raucus crowd.