Toronto Raptors (31-13) at Minnesota Timberwolves (29-18)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -3.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Saturday in NBA action at the Target Arena.
The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 25.2 points and 4.1 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.2 points and 6.9 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have split their last six road games.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.4 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 105 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.7 points and five assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.1 points and 12.1 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing seven assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t lost a home game since December 16.
The Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Timberwolves are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games, 9-23-1 ATS in their last 33 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Raptors are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Minnesota, 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been a really good home team as of late, as it's where they found their groove and racked up all those recent victories. The Timberwolves are now outscoring teams by 6.5 points at home this season and have covered six straight. The Toronto Raptors have been one of the more consistent teams in the league and getting them with free points is tempting, but they are on the end of a back to back after a tough game with the Spurs. The home team has also won six of the last eight games between these two clubs. I'll take Minny and the small line.