Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Charlotte Hornets - 2/12/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction
Charlotte Hornets at Minnesota Timberwolves
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Target Center)
MIN -7.5 O/U 226
The Charlotte Hornets travel on the road to the Target Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves finally snapped a 13 game losing streak win a decisive win over the Clippers but lost again their last time out on the road to the Toronto Raptors. The Timberwolves allowed 137 points and lost the game 137-126 to drop their record on the season to 16-36. The Hornets have also struggled as of late having just won two of their last ten games but notched an 87-76 road win over the Detroit Pistons their last time out to improve their record on the season to 17-36 on the year.
Charlotte boasts the worst scoring offense in the NBA averaging just 102.7 points per game while as a team shooting just 43.3% from the field. The Hornets are led by emerging star Devonte Graham who is averaging team-highs in points with 17.9 per game and assists with 7.8 per game. Offseason acquisition Terry Rozier has been a solid building piece and comes in averaging 17.8 points per game while adding 4.1 assists. Manning the middle is center Cody Zeller who leads the team in rebounding with 7.1 per game while adding 11 points.
The Timberwolves look very different now than they did before the trade deadline but come into this game averaging 112.5 points per game ranking 13th in scoring offense while shooting 43.8% from the field to rank 27th in offensive shooting percentage in the NBA. The Timberwolves franchise player stayed the same, center Karl-Anthony Towns still leads the way with 26.5 points per game while adding 10.8 rebounds. Towns also dishes out 4.4 assists per game. Newly acquired guard DeAngelo Russell scored 22 points and had 5 assists in his Timberwolves debut.
The Hornets comes in allowing 110.2 points per game ranking 14th in the NBA scoring defense, but opposing teams are shooting 47.8% from the field ranking 28th in scoring defense. Minnesota has allowed 116 points per game ranking 27th in scoring defense in the NBA while opponents are shooting 46.9% from the field.
The moves at the trade deadline have turned the Timberwolves into a new team and improved morale in the locker room and it clearly paid off with the win over the Clippers. The Timberwolves come into this game with an abysmal 18-32-2 record ATS but again nothing is the same in Minnesota. The Hornets are 24-27-2 ATS on the season. Final score prediction, the new-look Timberwolves get the job done blowing out Charlotte and covering the spread with a 123-106 win at home.