Portland Trail Blazers (16-13) at Minnesota Timberwolves (17-13)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -3.5 -- Over/Under: 205.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Monday in NBA action at the Target Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for a fourth straight win after splitting their last 10 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 102.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 100.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.8 points and 6.2 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.4 points and four rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing seven rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won six of their last seven road games.
The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 107.6 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 48 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.7 points and 11.8 rebounds while Jimmy Butler is averaging 19.5 points and 4.8 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.2 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last eight home games.
The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Northwest, 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 20-6 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Minnesota, 37-15-1 ATS in the last 53 meetings and the underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are still one of those teams I'm not trying to get behind due to the consistent inconsistent play, and it doesn't help that Butler is questionable with a back injury. The Portland Trail Blazers have played some of their best ball of the season on the road and have actually covered each of their last six road games. This is more of a fade from Minnesota due to being burned so many times, but give me the free bucket.