Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers - 3/7/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (41-19) at Minnesota Timberwolves (13-47)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +6 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, FSN
The Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves square off Saturday at the Target Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers look to build on their five-game winning streak. On the season, Trail Blazers are averaging 102.2 points on 44.3 percent shooting and are allowing 97 points on 43.2 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.3 points and 10.5 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 21.2 points and 6.1 assists. Robin Lopez is grabbing 7.1 rebounds and Nicolas Batum is dishing 4.8 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers have to figure out how to move on without Wesley Matthews, who suffered a season-ending injury in Thursday’s win over the Dallas Mavericks. The Trail Blazers are allowing 42.5 percent shooting in their last five games and have allowed less than 100 points in eight of their last nine games.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves hope to snap a four-game losing streak. On the season, Timberwolves are averaging 97.6 points on 43.3 percent shooting and are allowing 105.5 points on 48.6 percent shooting. Kevin Martin is averaging 20 points and four rebounds while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 15.9 points and 1.9 assists. Nikola Pekovic is grabbing 7.7 rebounds and Kevin Garnett is shooting 59.3 percent from the field. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting just 41.5 percent from the field in their last five games and have scored less than 100 points in five of their last eight games. The Timberwolves are just 8-24 SU on their home court.
The Trail Blazers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Northwest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Trail Blazers are 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Minnesota and 34-16-1 ATS in the last 51 meetings overall.
I'm not sure how the Trail Blazers are going to handle the loss of Matthews, but even without him, they're far better than the Timberwolves. The pick here has to be Portland and the reasonable chalk.