Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/10/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (16-4) at Minnesota Timberwolves (4-16)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +10.5 -- Over/Under: 205.5 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trailblazers and the Minnesota Timberwolves duke it out at the Target Center tonight.
The Portland Trailblazers have won 14 of their last 15 and are going for a sixth straight tonight after cruising past the strugglingPistons by 98-86 last night. LaMarcus Aldridge led the scoring with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Wesley Matthews added 19 points on eight of 12 shooting as the Blazers led by double digits early on and never looked back. Defensively, the Blazers did a great job of holding the Pistons to 35.1 percent shooting for the game which has been their biggest improvement so far this season, allowing just 96 points per game, good enough for sixth in the league.
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Meanwhile, you can't help but feel sorry for the Minnesota Timberwolves who are just 4-16 overall on the season and are coming off their sixth straight loss, a 102-86 blowout against the Warriors on Monday. Andrew Wiggins led the scoring with 21 points while Shabazz Muhammad added 14 points in just 18 minutes off the bench, but the Wolves shot just 36 percent from the field as a team which is never going to be good enough against the league-leading Warriors. Zach LaVine particularly struggled, scoring just nine points on four of 16 shooting after pouring in 22 points and 10 assists on Saturday against the Spurs, but he'll continue to get as many minutes as he can handle with Mo Williams still sidelined with injury.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Wolves are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.
Head to head, the Blazers are 34-16-1 ATS in the last 51 meetings and 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Minnesota.
If the Blazers play anywhere near their best, this game will be a blowout from start to finish, but playing on the second night of back to backs are always a bit dangerous for the bettor. With that being said, the bookies aren't giving me enough chalk to take the Wolves so I'm sticking with one of the hottest teams in the league against one of the coldest.