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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 2/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Timberwolves at Milwaukee Bucks
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
Fiserv Forum
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Line
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -11.5 -- Over/Under: 228.5
TV Channel
FSWI, FSN
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks meet Saturday in NBA action at the Fiserv Forum.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look for another win after splitting their last 12 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 111.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 23.1 points and 12 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.2 points and 4.8 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost four of their last five road games.

The Milwaukee Bucks look for another victory after winning 15 of their last 17 games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 116.6 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 43 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.2 points and 12.7 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 17.1 points and 4.2 assists. Malcolm Brogdon is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Bledsoe is dishing 5.3 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.9 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won 12 of their last 14 home games.

The Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Bucks are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Milwaukee and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Bucks last 4 overall. The over is 21-7 in Timberwolves last 28 overall.

I'm not high on the Minnesota Timberwolves when they're at full strength, and I'm certainly not high on them when on the end of a back to back without Karl-Anthony Towns. The Milwaukee Bucks have seen 18 of their last 25 wins be decided by double digits, and they're 8-4 ATS this season when a double-digit favorite. The Bucks also shoot 50.1 percent from the field and win by an average of 13.8 points when a double-digit favorite. There's real concern with the Timberwolves lack of defense against this explosive Bucks team, especially without KAT in the lineup. It's Bucks or pass for me.

Pick:
Milwaukee Bucks -11.5

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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