Trail Blazers at Timberwolves - 11/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (1-2) at Minnesota Timberwolves (2-0)
NBA Basketball: Monday, November 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -4.5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, FSN
The Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Monday night at the Target Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for a big road win to get a game above a .500 record. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 98 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 101.7 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 22.7 points and 8.3 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 22.7 points and five rebounds. Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 8.3 rebounds and Mason Plumlee is dishing three assists. The Portland Trail Blazers have scored just 182 points in their last two games and are getting 23.7 points from their bench, nearly 12 points below league average. The Trail Blazers have lost five straight regular season road games. Gerald Henderson is questionable with a hip injury.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves look to keep rolling after an impressive 2-0 start to the year. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 103.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 94.5 points on 34 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21 points and 13 rebounds while Ricky Rubio is averaging 20 points and 11 assists. Nemanja Bjelica is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Zach LaVine is dishing three assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging just 12.5 turnovers and are holding teams to 23.3 percent shooting from deep. This should be an emotional game for the Timberwolves considering it’s their first home game since the passing of Flip Saunders and the fact they’ve lost eight straight at the Target Center.
The Trail Blazers are 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Monday games. The Timberwolves are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 15-5 ATS in the last 20 meetings in Minnesota and 35-17-1 ATS in the last 53 meetings overall.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are playing some inspired basketball, and that's not going to change when they take their home court for the first time. I like Minnesota to win this game rather easily against a very thin Portland squad.