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Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/26/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Timberwolves (15-18) at Chicago Bulls (9-25)
Date & Time Wednesday December 26, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Chicago Bulls +5.5 -- Over/Under: 228.5
TV Channel
NBCH, FSN
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NBA | Minnesota Timberwolves (15-18) at Chicago Bulls (9-25)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls meet Wednesday in NBA action at the United Center.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 110.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 111.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.9 points and 11.4 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.5 points and 4.6 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost five of their last six road games.

The Chicago Bulls look for a statement victory after splitting their last six games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 100.9 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 110 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 23.8 points and 4.8 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 17.5 points and 6.7 rebounds. Jabari Parker is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Holiday is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost five of their last seven home games.

The Timberwolves are 13-28 ATS in their last 41 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest. The Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest, 7-15 ATS in their last 22 vs. NBA Northwest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games. The Timberwolves are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 19-7-1 in Bulls last 27 overall. The over is 4-0 in Timberwolves last 4 overall.

The Minnesota Timberwolves aren't the team we thought they would be this season, and their struggles are even worse on the road where they're being outscored by 8.1 points and allowing 47.3 percent shooting. The Chicago Bulls seem to lose a player to injury every time they take the floor, but they have been better with the return of Markkanen and are actually outscoring teams by 1.4 points in their last five games. There's some value with the Bulls and the free points, as the Minnesota Timberwolves shouldn't be a decent sized favorite against anybody in their current form.

Pick:
Chicago Bulls +5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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