Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 1/5/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers

Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM (Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse)

The Minnesota Timberwolves are on the road for a battle with the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Timberwolves are (13-21), coming off a 99-84 win over the Golden State Warriors.  The Cavaliers are (10-24), after falling to the Charlotte Hornets, 109-106.

In the Timberwolves win over the Warriors, Minnesota was led on offense by Robert Covington.  Covington contributed a double-double, totaling 20 points and 10 rebounds.  The Timberwolves shot 40% from the floor and 30% from 3-point range.  Minnesota won the rebounding battle, out rebounding Golden State, 52 to 43.  The Timberwolves won the 2nd chance points, 20 to 4.

In the Cavaliers loss to the Hornets, Cleveland was guided by Kevin Love.  Love registered 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.  The Cavaliers lost the game from the foul line.  Cleveland put Charlotte at the line 24 times, watching the Hornets convert on 20 of their attempts.  Cleveland made just 11 from the foul line.  Cleveland committed 14 turnovers in the loss.  

Recent Betting Trends:

Timberwolves are 14-18-2 ATS this season.

The over is 17-17 in Timberwolves games this year.

Cavaliers are 14-18-2 ATS this season.

The under is 18-16 in Cavaliers games this year.

The Cavaliers have been below average at home, have a SU record of 6-11.  Cleveland is also 7-9-1 ATS when at home. Cleveland has had trouble defensively all year, the Cavaliers rank 29th in defensive field goal percentage.  The Cavaliers also rank 27th in 3-point defense.  The Timberwolves are 8-10 on the road this season, while going 10-7-1 ATS on the road.  The Timberwolves have struggled from 3-point range this season, ranking 29th.  However, Robert Covington had a nice game against the Warriors, connecting on 4 3-pointers.  If Covington can get it going from deep, it will help open the inside game for the Timberwolves.  I like Minnesota in this one.  The Timberwolves will win and cover.  

Chris’s Pick MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.