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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Cleveland Cavaliers 1/14/23 NBA Picks, Predictions, Odds

Cleveland Cavaliers (27-16) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (20-22)
January 14, 2023 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +3.5; Over/Under: -
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Minnesota Timberwolves collide at the Target Center on Saturday night in NBA action.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in decent form as they’ve won five of their last seven games overall and they will be eager to stay hot after beating the Trail Blazers in a 119-113 road win on Thursday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 26 points on 11 of 23 shooting, Jarrett Allen added 24 points with 10 rebounds and six assists while Darius Garland tallied 20 points with 10 assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 49 percent from the field and seven of 22 from the 3-point line as they struggled to get going and trailed by 14 points in the first half, before they outscored the Trail Blazers by 68-55 in the second half to pull off the impressive comeback victory. Ricky Rubio played his first game of the season and chipped in with nine points in 10 minutes off the bench.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been building nicely as they’ve won five of their past six games and they will be eager to stay hot after outlasting the Suns in a 121-116 home win last night. Anthony Edwards led the team with 31 points on 12 of 24 shooting, D’Angelo Russell added 17 points while Taurean Prince chipped in with 16 points on seven of 12 shooting off the bench. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 52 percent from the field and 10 of 28 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 35 points in the first quarter to take an early double-digit lead and they kept building on it till they led by as many as 24 points which was just enough to hold off a late charge from the Suns who made it interesting late.

Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 3-11-2 ATS in their last 16 road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record. The Timberwolves are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games, 2-7 ATS in their last nine games against a team above .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the over is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings overall, the Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall and the Cavaliers are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in Minnesota.

The Cavaliers will again be a little shorthanded as Dylan Windler is still out, while the Timberwolves are still missing Karl-Anthony Towns and Jordan McLaughlin. The Cavaliers are starting to heat up again and they received a nice boost in their last game when Ricky Rubio was able to step on the court for some productive minutes. The Timberwolves have been flying under the radar lately as they’ve quietly reeled off five wins in their last six outings despite still missing Towns in the frontcourt. It’s hard to split these two teams at the moment, but the Cavaliers are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in Minnesota and they have the advantage of an extra days rest, so I’ll back the Cavaliers at the short line here.

Peter Tran's Free Pick: Cleveland -3.5

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