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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Washington Wizards - 3/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Wizards at Minnesota Timberwolves
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 8:05 PM (EST)
Location
Target Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -7 -- Over/Under: 243
TV Channel
FSN, NSWA
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NBA | Washington Wizards at Minnesota Timberwolves
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The Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Saturday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The Washington Wizards look for a victory after splitting their last six games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 114.3 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 117 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 25.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while Trevor Ariza is averaging 15.1 points and 5.6 rebounds. Bobby Portis is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Green is dishing two assists. The Washington Wizards are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have lost five of their last six road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 112.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 113.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 24.2 points and 12.2 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18 points and 4.4 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 8.1 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won their last four home games.

The Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 11-33 ATS in their last 44 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 vs. NBA Southeast and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wizards are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Minnesota and the favorite is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings. The over is 27-9 in Timberwolves last 36 overall. The over is 19-7 in Wizards last 26 overall.

The Washington Wizards are on the end of a back to back and are a brutal 10-23 ATS on the road this season. The problem is the Minnesota Timberwolves don't play a lick of defense and laying big chalk with them is nearly impossible. In their last five games alone, the Timberwolves are allowing an average of 127.8 points on 47.6 percent shooting from the field. I can't lay big numbers with a team that gets waxed nightly on the defensive end. I wouldn't play this game personally, but if forced to pick, I'd have to take the points with the Wizards.

Pick:
Washington Wizards +7

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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