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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Orlando Magic - 01/04/2019 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Friday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The Orlando Magic could use a feel good win after losing five of their last eight games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 103.6 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 20.3 points and 11.8 rebounds while Aaron Gordon is averaging 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds. Evan Fournier is the third double-digit scorer and Terrence Ross is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last six road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could also use a victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 111.2 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 46 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21.9 points and 12.1 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 5.7 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last six home games.

The Magic are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Timberwolves are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 Friday games. The Magic are 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Minnesota and 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings. The over is 10-1 in Timberwolves last 11 overall. The under is 5-1 in Magic last 6 road games.

The Orlando Magic are playing better basketball recently where they're outscoring teams by 6.4 points in their last five games, and they've owned the spread whenever playing the Minnesota Timberwolves, even if they only play twice a year. The Magic are also 10-6 ATS this season on the road. The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to stink up the joint defensively and half the time look like they don't want to be playing basketball. I simply can't bring myself to lay decent sized chalk with the Timberwolves, regardless of who they're playing. If forced to pick this game, I want the points and the Magic. 

Pick:
Orlando Magic +6

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