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Miami Heat vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/30/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Timberwolves (16-19) at Miami Heat (17-17)
Date & Time Sunday December 30, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Miami Heat -3.5 -- Over/Under: 211
TV Channel
FSS, FSN
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NBA | Minnesota Timberwolves (16-19) at Miami Heat (17-17)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat meet Sunday in NBA action at the American Airlines Arena.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are getting desperate for a victory after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 111.4 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 111.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21.2 points and 11.8 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.9 points and 4.8 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing six rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Miami Heat look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Miami Heat are averaging 106.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.9 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Josh Richardson is averaging 18.4 points and 3.8 assists while Dwyane Wade is averaging 13.9 points and 3.8 assists. Hassan Whiteside is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Johnson is grabbing three rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.5 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won five of their last seven home games.

The Timberwolves are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Southeast. The Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Timberwolves are 3-12-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Heat last 7 home games. The over is 6-0 in Timberwolves last 6 overall.

The Miami Heat are one of the hotter teams in the league right now due to the improved play from Justise Winslow and a defense that's allowing 39.6 percent shooting and 95.4 points in their last five games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are a team that's falling apart, as not much has changed since the trade of Jimmy Butler, and they're being otuscored by 6.2 points on the road this season. The Heat should be bigger favorites than this. I'll lay the bucket.

Pick:
Miami Heat -3.5

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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