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Charlotte Hornets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 3/21/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Timberwolves at Charlotte Hornets
Date & Time Thursday March 21, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Spectrum Center
Charlotte, NC
The Line
The Line : Charlotte -5.5
TV Channel
FSCR, FSN
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The Minnesota Timberwolves pay a visit to the Spectrum Center to battle the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been in a real slump as they’ve lost eight of their past 11 games and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after falling short against the Warriors in a 117-107 home loss on Tuesday. Karl-Anthony Towns led the team with 26 points, 21 rebounds and four assists, Andrew Wiggins added 20 points with eight rebounds and six assists while Josh Okogie chipped in with 18 points on six of nine shooting. As a team, the Timberwolves shot just 40 percent from the field and nine of 36 from the 3-point line as they never really threatened after falling behind by 12 points going into halftime. The Timberwolves were without the services of Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose. With the loss, Minnesota fell to 32-39 on the season and 23-11 at home.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have been in a funk of their own as they’ve lost nine of their last 12 games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling just short against the 76ers in a 118-114 home loss on Tuesday. Jeremy Lamb led the team in scoring with 26 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, Kemba Walker added 21 points with four assists while Frank Kaminsky chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Hornets shot 43 percent from the field and nine of 35 from the 3-point line which was good enough to hang with the shorthanded 76ers all the way until the last second until Lamb missed an open floater that would’ve forced overtime. With the tough loss, Charlotte fell to 31-39 overall and 21-15 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Timberwolves are 0-7 ATS in their last seven road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. The Hornets are 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall.

Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

The Timberwolves are trying to keep their heads above water without a recognized point guard as Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague have both missed time, while the Hornets have been in a slump of their own and are coming off a tough loss to the 76ers. The Timberwolves are 0-7 ATS in their last seven road games but the Hornets are 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven home games, so something has got to give. This could go either way, but with the Timberwolves short at the point guard position, I think the Hornets can escape with a win behind a big game from Walker.

Pick:
Charlotte Hornets -5.5
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