Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Utah Jazz - 12/30/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (13-16) at Minnesota Timberwolves (11-20)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSN
The Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves square off Wednesday at the Target Center.
The Utah Jazz could use a nice road win after splitting their last six games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 97.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 97.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19 points and five rebounds while Rodney Hood is averaging 12.2 points and 2.5 assists. Trey Burke is dishing 2.7 assists and Trevor Booker is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Utah Jazz have lost four straight road games. Derrick Favors is questionable with a back injury.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a nice win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 100.6 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 46 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.7 points and 1.7 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 15.9 points and 9.4 rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing 3.4 assists and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.6 turnovers per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost 10 of their last 14 home games.
The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Timberwolves are 15-37-1 ATS in their last 53 home games and 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Jazz are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota.
Utah continues struggling to put the ball into the hoop and that may be an issue against a young Minnesota team that pushes the pace and gets good looks. I also don't like that Favors is still banged up. In a toss up game, I'm siding with the Timberwolves.