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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 1/15/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Timberwolves at Philadelphia 76ers
Date & Time Tuesday January 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia -6 -- Over/Under 231.5
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The Minnesota Timberwolves pay a visit to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been on a nice run lately as they’ve won four of their last five games and they will be looking to stay hot after sneaking past the Pelicans in a 110-106 home win on Saturday. Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with a ridiculous double-double of 27 points with 27 rebounds, three assists and four blocks, Andrew Wiggins added 18 points while Josh Okogie chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 43 percent from the field and 11 of 39 from the 3-point line but this win was all about their defense as they held the Pelicans to just 17 points in the fourth quarter after the Pelicans seemingly took control of the game with a 37-point third quarter. With the win, Minnesota improved to 21-22 overall and 15-7 at home.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have won five of their last seven games and they will be looking to build on their momentum after taking down the Knicks in a much-needed 108-105 road win on Sunday. Joel Embiid led the team with 26 points, eight rebounds and six blocks, JJ Redick added 22 points, Ben Simmons racked up 20 points with 22 rebounds and nine assists while Jimmy Butler chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the 76ers shot 46 percent from the field and six of 20 from the 3-point line as they escaped with the narrow win after dominating the first half to take a 16-point lead going into halftime before the Knicks rallied late. With the win, Philadelphia improved to 28-16 overall and 10-12 on the road.  

Looking at the betting trends, the Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games against a team with a winning home record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 25-10 ATS in their last 35 home games against a team with a losing road record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the Timberwolves are 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Philadelphia.

The Timberwolves have looked like a different team under coach Saunders and it’s been Towns and Wiggins who have stepped up in the absence of Derrick Rose who was having a great season before the injury. The 76ers have been tallying the wins themselves lately, but they did look shaky in their two losses prior to their narrow win over the Knicks on Sunday. It’s hard to split these two teams, but this will be the first time Butler against his old team, so I’m looking at the young Timberwolves to stay hot and really make a statement with an upset here.

Pick:
Minnesota +6
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