Orlando Magic (6-8) at Minnesota Timberwolves (3-9)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +4 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Orlando Magic invade the Target Center to battle the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
The Orlando Magic have been in a slump lately as they’ve lost eight of their last 10 games and they will be hoping to snap a six-game skid after falling to the Knicks in a 91-84 road loss on Monday. Nikola Vucevic led the team with 24 points and 14 rebounds, Terrence Ross added 19 points off the bench while Aaron Gordon chipped in with 18 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists. As a team, the Magic shot just 33 percent from the field and 12 of 38 from the 3-point line as they struggled for points right from the tipoff and never looked threatening after scoring just 54 points after three quarters. Cole Anthony scored just six points on two of 12 shooting, Dwayne Bacon finished with two points on one of seven shooting while Gary Clark finished scoreless on zero of five shooting.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have endured a rough start to the season with nine losses in their first 12 games and they will be hoping to bounce back after losing to the Hawks in a 108-97 road loss on Monday. D’Angelo Russell led the team with 31 points and seven assists, Malik Beasley added 15 points while Anthony Edwards chipped in with 12 points but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 39 percent from the field and 14 of 37 from the 3-point line which wasn’t good enough to hang with the Hawks who had all five starters score at least 15 points each. Beasley shot just five of 17 from the field while Edwards shot just five of 16 off the bench.
Looking at the betting trends, the Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a losing record and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The Timberwolves are 18-38-1 ATS in their last 57 home games, 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a losing record and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Head to head, the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings overall, the Magic are 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings overall and the Magic are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in Minnesota.
Here we have two ice-cold teams looking for some relief after a rough start to the season. The Magic have struggled ever since Markelle Fultz went down as they haven’t found anyone to fill his shoes with players like Evan Fournier and Michael Carter-Williams still out, while the Timberwolves are still without key players Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio. The Magic are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a losing record and the Magic are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in Minnesota. With that being said, I’m leaning towards the Magic to snap out of their funk with a much-needed win here.