Detroit Pistons (10-5) at Minnesota Timberwolves (10-5)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -5.5 -- Over/Under: 208.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Pistons and the Minnesota Timberwolves do battle at the Target Center on Sunday.
The Detroit Pistons have really cooled off from their five-game win streak with a couple losses on the trot and they will be hoping to bounce back after Friday’s 107-100 loss at Indiana. Reggie Jackson and Avery Bradley led the team in scoring with 16 points apiece, Ish Smith and Tobias Harris chipped in with 15 points each while Andre Drummond had 11 points with 15 rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Pistons shot 42 percent from the field and 14 of 33 from the three-point line, but they were unable to get the job done despite leading by as many as 22 points. Defensively, the Pistons were able to keep a lid on the Pacers until the fourth quarter where they were outscored by 36-19. With the loss, Detroit dropped to 10-5 on the season and 3-4 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in great form as they’ve won eight of their last 10 games and they will be aiming for a fourth straight win after blowing past the Mavericks by 111-87 on Friday. Jimmy Butler led the team with 21 points, Andrew Wiggins had 19 points while Jeff Teague chipped in with 15 points and 10 assists. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 46 percent from the field and 13 of 30 from the three-point line but they didn’t really wake up until the second half where they outscored the Mavericks by 68-32 to overcome a 12-point halftime deficit. With the win, Minnesota improved to 10-5 overall and 5-4 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record, 8-3 AT S in their last 11 road games and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a win of more than 10 points and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Head to head, the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings, the favorite is 9-1-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the Pistons are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
The Pistons will be eager to atone for Friday’s loss to Indiana where they blew a 22-point lead, but they’ve run into the Timberwolves who are coming off their third straight win by double-digits. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pistons won this game outright, but their only 3-4 on the road while the Timberwolves are a solid 5-1 at home. This could go either way, but I have to stick with the Timberwolves who have covered in each of their last four home games.