Trail Blazers vs. Timberwolves - 4/8/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (16-60) at Portland Trail Blazers (50-27)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -15 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, CSNN
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers meet Wednesday at the Moda Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look to snap a seven-game losing streak. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 97.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting and are allowing 105.9 points on 48.6 percent shooting. Kevin Martin is averaging 19.9 points and 2.2 assists while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 16.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 8.3 rebounds and Zach LaVine is dishing 3.3 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are coming off a Tuesday loss to the Kings in which they allowed 52.5 percent shooting from the field. The Timberwolves have lost 12 of their last 13 games when allowing 100-plus points. Kevin Garnett and Gary Neal are doubtful with injuries.
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The Portland Trail Blazers look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 102.8 points on 45 percent shooting and are allowing 98 points on 43.9 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.4 points and 10.3 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 21.1 points and 6.2 assists. Arron Afflalo is dishing 1.2 assists and Robin Lopez is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from deep in their last five games. The Trail Blazers still have a shot to get as high as the No. 2 seed in the West. Chris Kaman is questionable with a thumb injury.
The Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference. The Trail Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Northwest. The Timberwolves are 0-5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Portland and 9-26-1 ATS in the last 36 meetings overall.
You guys know how I feel about big chalk, so I'm not playing this game. However, if forced to pick, I'm taking Portland in a blowout. The Timberwolves are flat out awful and still have most of their team on the injury list. The Trail Blazers should win in an ugly game.