Minnesota Timberwolves at Orlando Magic
|Date & Time||Thursday February 7, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Orlando -2
The Orlando Magic play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Amway Center on Thursday night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been in a bit of a rut as they’ve lost four of their last five games and they will be looking to snap a two-game skid after falling just short against the struggling Grizzlies in a 108-106 road loss on Tuesday. Karl-Anthony Towns led the team in scoring with 26 points, 18 rebounds and three assists, Dario Saric provided the spark off the bench with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Luol Deng chipped in with 18 points on eight of 10 shooting. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 44 percent from the field and nine of 29 from the 3-point line but they were always playing from behind after the Grizzlies opened the game on a 23-4 run. To their credit, the Timberwolves were able to cut the deficit to just two late in the third quarter, but they could never get over the hump. With the loss, Minnesota fell to 25-28 overall and 8-18 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been in rough shape lately as they’ve lost eight of their last 11 games and they will be looking to bounce back after having their two-game win streak stopped by the Thunder in a 132-122 road loss on Tuesday. Terrence Ross led the team with 26 points off the bench, Evan Fournier added 25 points with five assists, Aaron Gordon racked up 18 points with 10 assists while Nikola Vucevic chipped in with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Magic shot 46 percent from the field and 11 of 37 from the 3-point line as they really took it to the Thunder with 69 points in the first half, but they couldn’t keep it going in the second half where the Thunder outscored them by 70-53 to pull away late. With the loss, Orlando fell to 22-32 overall and 8-17 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Timberwolves are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record, 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. The Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 against the Western Conference.
Head to head, the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings, the Timberwolves are 5-15 ATS in the last 20 meetings overall and the Timberwolves are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Orlando.
The Timberwolves have enjoyed some bright spots this season, but they’ve been in a slump lately and are coming into this one fresh off a loss to the Grizzlies who don’t beat anyone these days. The Magic haven’t been much better as they’ve lost eight of 11, but they are 15-5 ATS in the last 20 meetings. You could make an argument for either side here, but I think the Timberwolves snap out of their funk with a narrow win in this one.