Hornets vs. Timberwolves - 1/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (7-32) at Charlotte Hornets (16-25)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets play Monday afternoon at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last four games and end a four-game road trip. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 98.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting and are allowing 108.1 points on 49.5 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 15.2 points and 4.3 rebounds while Thaddeus Young is averaging 13.6 points and 4.7 rebounds. Mo Williams is dishing 6.5 assists and Anthony Bennett is grabbing four rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are getting some solid production as of late from Wiggins and Williams, but it’s tough to win when the defense is allowing 49 percent shooting, which is the case in the last five games. The Timberwolves lack of defense has cost them all season and will continue to be the key factor in their losses.
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The Charlotte Hornets are slowly getting back in the playoff race with six wins in their last seven games. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 95.5 points on 42.6 percent shooting and are allowing 98.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Gary Neal is averaging 10.5 points and 1.9 assists while Lance Stephenson is averaging 10.2 points and 4.6 assists. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is grabbing seven rebounds and Gerald Henderson is dishing 2.3 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are simply playing elite defense to win games, as they’re allowing 40.5 percent shooting from the field and 28.3 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The Hornets have allowed less than 100 points in eight straight games. Kemba Walker is questionable for this game with a knee injury.
The Timberwolves are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hornets are 17-37-2 ATS in their last 56 vs. NBA Northwest and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Hornets are starting to find themselves while the Timberwolves continue to play no defese and should be worried about tanking. Look for Charlotte to win and cover.