Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 11/7/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (2-2) at Chicago Bulls (4-2)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -9.5 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls tonight.
The Timberwolves started the season with a couple of nice wins, but they're suddenly staring down the barrel of a possible third straight loss after falling to the Heat by 96-84 on Thursday. Shabazz Muhammad and Kevin Martin led the Wolves with 14 points each, but it was an atrocious shooting night for the team as they shot just 35.3 percent from the field. Karl-Anthony Towns shot just three of 13 for his six points, while Andrew Wiggins shot five of 18 for his 12 points, so I was actually surprised that the Wolves just by just 12 points in the end. Still, the loss dropped Minnesota back to 2-2 on the season and 0-2 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Bulls bounced back from an ugly 130-105 blowout loss against the Hornets to beat the Thunder by 104-98 on Thursday. Derrick Rose showed glimpses of his former MVP form, leading the Bulls with 29 points and seven assists while Jimmy Butler contributed 26 points with four triples. The Bulls almost blew the game went they let a 10-point lead disappear in the fourth quarter, but Rose would score 10 of his 26 points in the final 3:35 of the game to send the Bulls to 4-2 on the season and 3-0 at home.
In ATS trends, the Wolves are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss, while the Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on one days rest.
Head to head, the Wolves are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall but the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.
This seems like a few points too many to be giving a Bulls team not yet in full stride, but the Wolves looked pretty average in their last two outings and I think the Bulls can pull away late and stay undefeated at home.