Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves
|Date & Time||Sunday January 27, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota +3.5
The Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves duke it out at the Target Center on Sunday night.
The Utah Jazz have been on a tear lately as they’ve won eight of their last nine games and they will be gunning for a third straight victory after sneaking past the Timberwolves in a 106-102 home win on Friday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 24 points, seven rebounds and a career-high 11 assists, Rudy Gobert added 18 points with 16 rebounds and four blocks while Kyle Korver chipped in with 16 points off the bench. As a team, the Jazz shot just 39 percent from the field and they made just two field goals in the final five minutes, but they never trailed after taking a 21-point lead late in the third quarter. With the win, Utah improved to 28-22 overall and 15-9 at home.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in decent shape as they’ve won seven of their last 11 games but they will be looking to bounce back after having their three-game win streak snapped by the Jazz on Friday. Karl-Anthony Towns led the team with 33 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, Andrew Wiggins added 21 points while Jerryd Bayless chipped in with 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Timberwolves shot just 42 percent from the field but they showed plenty of fight in cutting a 21-point deficit to just one point late in the fourth quarter. Derrick Rose sat out on Friday with an ankle injury and his status for Sunday is unclear.
Looking at the betting trends, the Jazz are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games following a win, 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven Sunday games. The Timberwolves are 5-1 ATS in their last six games playing on one days rest and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 against the NBA Northwest.
Head to head, the over is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings in Minnesota, the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings and the Jazz are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Minnesota.
The Jazz have been on a nice run lately and they will be feeling pretty confident after holding off the Timberwolves on Friday. It’s no surprise that the Jazz are slight road favorites as the Timberwolves could still be without key players in Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose. This should be another close contest, but I’m sticking with the Jazz to stay hot with a win and cover in this one behind another big game from Mitchell.