Raptors vs. Timberwolves - 3/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (14-52) at Toronto Raptors (40-27)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, TSN
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors meet Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Minnesota Timberwolves hope to snap a five-game losing streak. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 97.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting and are allowing 106 points on 48.8 percent shooting. Kevin Martin is averaging 19.7 points and 2.1 assists while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 15.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Justin Hamilton is grabbing six rebounds and Ricky Rubio is dishing 8.8 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 50.7 percent shooting from the field during this losing streak. Needless to say, the Timberwolves haven’t improved at all on the defensive end and have lost six straight games on the road. Kevin Garnett, Gary Neal and Nikola Pekovic are questionable with injuries.
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The Toronto Raptors also need a win after losing five of their last seven games. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 104.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 101.3 points on 46 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 19 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.2 points and seven assists. Louis Williams is shooting 40 percent from the field and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 47.9 percent shooting in their last five games and have lost eight of their last nine when allowing 100-plus points. The Raptors are in serious danger of falling way back in the East playoffs if they continue to take games off defensively. Terrence Ross is questionable with a back injury.
The Timberwolves are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Toronto and 6-21 ATS in the last 27 meetings overall.
I'm not laying big chalk with a struggling team such as the Raptors. Give me the points as more of a fade from Toronto.