Toronto Raptors at Minnesota Timberwolves
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Target Center)
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The Toronto Raptors travel to the Target Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Raptors won their last game over the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-121 to improve their record on the season to 26-14. The Timberwolves come in on a three-game losing slide, the most recent loss to the Indiana Pacers dropping the game 104-99 to fall to 15-25 on the season.
The Raptors offense comes in averaging 110.8 points per game to rank 15th in the NBA, despite shooting just 44.9% from the field but is one of the best three-point shooting teams in the league shooting 37.1% from beyond the arc. The Raptors offense is led by Pascal Siakam who averages 24.6 points per game while adding 7.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Leading the backcourt is point guard Kyle Lowry who averages a team-high in assists with 7.8 per game while adding 20.5 points per game. Leading rebounder Serge Ibaka averages 8.5 points per game while adding 15.1 points per game.
The Minnesota Timberwolves offense averages 111.3 points per game while shooting 44.9% from the field as a team. The Timberwolves offense is led by Karl Anthony-Towns who averages 26.5 points per game and adding 11.7 rebounds per game which leads the team in both categories. Towns is listed as questionable for this matchup against the Raptors. Andrew Wiggins adds 22.8 points per game and point guard Jeff Teague leads the team in assists with 6.1 per game while adding 13.2 points per game.
The struggles of the Timberwolves this season can be attributed to their poor defensive unit, which allows 114.5 points per game ranking 25th in the NBA. Toronto however, boasts one of the best defensives in the NBA allowing 105.6 points per game to rank 5th in the NBA.
The Raptors are one of the best teams in the NBA with a 22-18 record ATS while the Timberwolves come in with a 16-22-2 record ATS. And with Towns injury issues this season, the Raptors defense anchors them to a victory. Final score prediction, the Raptors steal one on the road, winning and covering the spread.