Toronto Raptors at Minnesota Timberwolves
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 9, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota +7 -- Over/Under 229.5
The Toronto Raptors pay a visit to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center on Tuesday night.
The Toronto Raptors have been in great form as they’ve racked up six wins in their last seven games and they will be looking to stay hot after beating the Heat in a 117-109 overtime home win on Sunday. Pascal Siakam led the team with 23 points and 10 rebounds on eight of 10 shooting, Norman Powell provided the spark off the bench with 23 points on seven of seven shooting from the field while Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green scored 22 and 21 points respectively. As a team, the Raptors shot 44 percent from the field and 16 of 41 from the 3-point line as they escaped in overtime after a confusing and controversial end to regulation. With the win, Toronto improved to 57-24 overall and 32-9 at home which has them locked into second place in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in decent shape as they’ve lost won four of their last eight games, but they will be hoping to bounce back after falling short against the Thunder in a 132-126 home loss on Sunday. Karl-Anthony Towns led the team with 35 points on 11 of 18 shooting, Andrew Wiggins added 24 points with four assists while Dario Saric chipped in with 23 points. As a team, the Timberwolves shot a healthy 54 percent from the field and 10 of 23 from the 3-point line but with a makeshift backcourt, the Timberwolves just couldn’t contain the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook who torched them with a triple-double of 27 pints with 10 rebounds and 15 assists. With the loss, Minnesota fell to 36-44 overall and 25-15 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Timberwolves are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team above .600, 2-7 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on one days rest.
Head to head, the over is 5-0 in the last five meetings in Minnesota, the Raptors are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall and the Raptors are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Minnesota.
The Timberwolves have been playing a little better than I expect as I thought they would struggle more without key players Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose. However, it is only going to get tougher for the Timberwolves who now take on the red-hot Raptors looking to fine-tune their game before the playoffs. The Timberwolves are only 1-6 ATS in their last six games against a team above .600 and I think that trend continues as the Raptors should be too good once again, even if they decide to rest Leonard here.