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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns - 1/20/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Phoenix Suns at Minnesota Timberwolves
Date & Time Sunday January 20, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Target Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -10.5 -- Over/Under: 227.5
TV Channel
FSN, FSAZ
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The Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Sunday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The Phoenix Suns could use a win here after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 106 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 114.5 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 24.5 points and 6.9 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 18.3 points and 4.2 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing four rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.6 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost six of their last seven road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 16 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 111.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 112 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 22.2 points and 12.2 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 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last eight home games.

The Suns are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Suns are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 16-5 in Timberwolves last 21 overall. The under is 4-1 in Suns last 5 overall.

The Phoenix Suns have won three of the last five meetings against the Minnesota Timberwolves, which includes a eight point win over them last month when they were 7.5 point underdogs. It's no secret the Suns aren't a good basketball team and the Timberwolves have too much talent to be this inconsistent. The problem is the Timberwolves are who they are at this point, a team that doesn't play defense and is losing by an average of 8.6 points in their last five games. While Minnesota should win this game in blowout fashion, I'm just not eager to lay big chalk with them no matter the circumstances. I won't play this game personally, but if forced to pick, I'd want the points with the Phoenix Suns due to a lack of trust with the Timberwolves. 

Pick:
Phoenix Suns +10.5

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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