Portland Trail Blazers (22-20) at Minnesota Timberwolves (28-16)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -5.5 -- Over/Under: 210.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Sunday in NBA action at the Target Arena.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for a big road win after splitting their last eight games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 103.7 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 102.8 points on 45 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 24.9 points and 6.4 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.6 points and 4.2 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Shabazz Napier is dishing 2.3 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost three of their last four road games.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 104.7 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.4 points and 5.1 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.2 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.2 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won seven straight home games.
The Trail Blazers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest. The Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 21-6 ATS in the last 27 meetings in Minnesota, 36-14-1 ATS in the last 51 meetings and the underdog is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
I've bashed the Minnesota Timberwolves over the years and questioned if they would ever reach their full potential. I don't want to jinx anything, but the Timberwolves are starting to hit their stride and look like a scary basketball team right now. Minnesota is outscoring teams by 13 points in its last five games while shooting over 48 percent from the field and has covered four straight. Portland continues to be hit or miss, and I'm really not trying to step in front of the hot Minnesota Timberwolves. Give me the reasonable chalk.