Chicago Bulls (20-38) at Minnesota Timberwolves (36-26)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -8.5 -- Over/Under: 219.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Saturday in NBA action at the Target Center.
The Chicago Bulls could use a win here after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 103.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 109.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 17.3 points and 2.7 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15.1 points and 7.7 rebounds. Kris Dunn is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Holiday is dishing 2.3 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost five straight road games.
The Minnesota Timberwolves need a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 109.7 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 22.4 points and five assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.2 points and 12.1 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.1 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won four of their last five home games.
The Bulls are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota.
The Chicago Bulls already beat the Minnesota Timberwolves when they got inspired play from LaVine, who wanted to stick it to his former team. You know the Bulls will bring that same energy with his return to Minnesota. The Minnesota Timberwolves have been a great team when playing at home, but they are on the end of a back to back and are dealing with the injury to Jimmy Butler, which could be a serious knee injury. I'm not trying to lay big chalk with a key player out of the lineup. I'll take a stab with the points and the Bulls.