Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves
|Date & Time||Monday April 1, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota +3.5 -- Over/Under 223
The Portland Trailblazers travel to the Target Center to battle the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
The Portland Trailblazers have been in great form as they’ve won nine of their last 11 games, but they will be hoping to bounce back after having their six-game win streak halted by the Pistons in a 99-90 road loss on Saturday. Damian Lillard led the team with 23 points, Enes Kanter added 20 points with 15 rebounds while Seth Curry chipped in with 11 points off the bench. As a team, the Trailblazers shot just 37 percent from the field and a miserly four of 21 from the 3-point line as they held the Pistons to a season-low 31 points in the first half, before getting blown off the court in the second half where the Pistons poured in 68 points. With the tough loss, Portland fell to 48-28 overall and 19-19 on the road which is good for fourth place in the Western Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in a real slump lately as they’ve lost seven of their last nine games and they be gunning for a much-needed win after falling to the 76ers in a 118-109 home loss on Saturday. Andrew Wiggins led the team with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists, Karl-Anthony Towns added 21 points while Gorgui Dieng chipped in with 13 points. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 45 percent from the field and 11 of 26 from the 3-point line, but they were always fighting an uphill battle after a slow start saw the 76ers storm out to a 38-20 lead at the end of the first quarter. With the loss, Minnesota fell to 34-42 overall and 24-13 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Trailblazers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a loss and 5-2 ATS in their last road games against a team with a home record above .600. The Timberwolves are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a loss, 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings, the Trailblazers are 38-13-1 ATS in the last 52 meetings overall and the Trailblazers are 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings in Minnesota.
The Trailblazers have been in red-hot form as Lillard has kept the team competitive despite losing two of their best players in CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic, so they will be keen to rebound from their tough loss to the Pistons. The Timberwolves are dealing with their own injuries as they’re playing with a makeshift backcourt, but they haven’t had nearly the same amount of success, except for their shock overtime win over the Warriors. The Trailblazers are 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings in Minnesota and I think that trend continues here as they should be too good for the Timberwolves.