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Raptors vs Timberwolves Pick – NBA Predictions & Odds 3/18/23

Minnesota Timberwolves (35-35) vs. Toronto Raptors (34-36)
March 18, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Toronto Raptors -6.5; Over/Under: -
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors meet Saturday in NBA action at the Scotiabank Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 115.5 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 115.6 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Anthony Edwards is averaging 25 points and 6 rebounds, while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.8 points and 5.3 assists. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Jaden McDaniels is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game.

The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 112.1 points on 49.3 percent shooting. Pascal Siakam is averaging 24.2 points and 7.6 rebounds, while Fred VanVleet is averaging 19.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. Gary Trent Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and O.G. Anunoby is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game.

The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The under is 7-3 in Timberwolves last 10 overall. The over is 6-1 in Raptors last 7 overall. The Timberwolves are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

I get the Minnesota Timberwolves can be hit or miss, and they’re on the end of a back to back, and playing in Toronto in those spots isn’t ideal. However, nobody can feel great about laying decent sized chalk with the Raptors given their inconsistent issues. The Raptors have issues winning games, let alone covering numbers, and they win as favorites by an average of 2.4 points. It’s Timberwolves and the points or pass for me.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves +6.5

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Randy Chambers

Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA and is more than familiar with what it takes to navigate a 150 game college basketball Saturday and a 162 game MLB schedule. Randy has done it all. Follow Randy Chambers on Twitter or catch him on the PickDawgz YouTube channel.

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