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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Miami Heat - 4/5/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Heat at Minnesota Timberwolves
Date & Time Friday April 5, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Target Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +1.5 -- Over/Under: 216.5
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The Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Friday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The Miami Heat need a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive after splitting their last eight games. The Miami Heat are averaging 105.6 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Josh Richardson is averaging 16.6 points and 4.1 assists while Goran Dragic is averaging 14.5 points and 4.6 assists. Dwyane Wade is the third double-digit scorer and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 11.5 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won five of their last seven road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look to play spoiler after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 112.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 113.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 24.4 points and 12.5 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 17.9 points and 2.5 assists. Taj Gibson is the third double-digit scorer and Dario Saric is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost four of their last five road games.

The Heat are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 45-22-2 ATS in their last 69 road games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Friday games. The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Heat are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota and 12-4-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings. The under is 7-3 in Timberwolves last 10 overall. The under is 4-1 in Heat last 5 overall.

The Miami Heat need to pretty much win out to have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs, and they've actually played some of their best ball recently on the road where they've won five of their last seven. The Minnesota Timberwolves are piling up the losses due to a good portion of their team sitting out the rest of the season, and they're giving up 122 points on 49.6 percent shooting. It's hard to back a team that doesn't play a lick of defense. The road team has also won six of the last seven meetings between the Heat and Timberwolves. I'll lay the bucket with the Heat. 

Miami Heat -1.5

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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