Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 22, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)|
Talking Stick Resort Arena
The Line: Phoenix +6 -- Over/Under 228.5
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Phoenix Suns duke it out at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Tuesday night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been in decent shape as they’ve won five of their last eight games and they will be looking for back to back wins after sneaking past the Suns in a 116-114 thriller on Sunday. Derrick Rose led the team with 31 points off the bench, Karl-Anthony Towns added 30 points with 12 rebounds and four assists while Taj Gibson chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Timberwolves shot just 42 percent from the field but they stayed in the contest with their defense until Rose turned back the clock to deliver a vintage step-back jumper to finish with 29 second-half points and the game winner. With the win, Minnesota improved to 22-24 overall and 16-8 at home.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns have been in a serious slump as they’ve lost 11 of their last 13 games and they will be hoping to put a halt to a four-game skid after falling just short against the Timberwolves on Sunday. TJ Warren led the team with 21 points, Devin Booker added 18 points with six assists while Kelly Oubre Jr chipped in with 18 points and eight rebounds off the bench. As a team, the Suns shot 46 percent from the field and 12 of 39 from the 3-point line as they led for most of the game but they could only manage two points in the final 2:54 as the Timberwolves ran them down behind a big game from Rose. With the loss, Phoenix fell to 11-37 overall and 4-20 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Timberwolves are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record, 5-1 ATS in their last six road games against a team with a losing home record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Suns are 8-0 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record, 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the Timberwolves are 1-5-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Phoenix.
The Suns will be out for revenge after suffering that painful loss to the Timberwolves on Sunday but it’s hard to trust any team that has lost 11 of their last 13. The Timberwolves haven’t really been much better as they’re 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall and they could’ve easily lost on Sunday if not for a vintage performance from Rose off the bench. It’s hard to split these two at the moment, but the Timberwolves are just 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Phoenix while the Suns are 8-0 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record, so I’m leaning towards the Suns and the points at home.