Chicago Bulls (11-17) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (14-15)
December 18, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +1; Over/Under: +229.5
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The Chicago Bulls invade the Target Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.
The Chicago Bulls have been in a real slump as they’ve lost six of their last eight games and they will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight defeat after getting routed by the Knicks in a 114-91 loss on Friday. Zach LaVine led the team with 17 points on seven of 12 shooting, DeMar DeRozan added 14 points while Patrick Williams chipped in with 10 points, but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Bulls shot 46 percent from the field and 12 of 30 from the 3-point line but they couldn’t find their offense in the second half where they managed just 38 points to get completely blown out in the end. Nikola Vucevic and Alex Caruso scored just nine points each and the Bulls committed a total of 20 turnovers.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in fair shape as they’ve split their last eight games and they will be looking to build some momentum after sneaking past the Thunder in a 112-110 road win on Friday. Naz Reid led the way with 28 points with nine rebounds and three assists, Austin Rivers added 20 points with five steals while Anthony Edwards chipped in with 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 49 percent from the field and 12 of 25 from the 3-point line as they leaked 41 points in the third quarter to waste an early 14-point lead, but they stayed within striking distance and held the Thunder to just seven points in the final 4:29 to escape with the narrow win despite missing free throws down the stretch. The Bulls have been dealing with injuries all season, but they should have a couple players returning as Javonte Green and Ayo Dosunmu are both considered probable, while the Timberwolves are still missing Karl-Anthony Towns and they are keeping an eye on D’Angelo Russell and Rudy Gobert who are both questionable. You couldn’t back either team with much confidence these days, but the Timberwolves are just so banged up right now and I think the Bulls can take advantage in this spot.