Portland Trail Blazers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves- 12/21/19, NBA, Odds, Pick, & Prediction

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11:00 PM (Moda Center)

Portland Trail Blazers -7.0 . Total NA

The Minnesota Timberwolves are on the road for a tilt with the Portland Trail Blazers.  The Timberwolves are (10-16), after falling to the New Orleans Pelicans, 107-99.  The Trail Blazers are (12-16), coming off a 122-112 win over the Golden State Warriors.

In the Timberwolves loss to the Pelicans, Minnesota was led on offense by Andrew Wiggins.  Wiggins finished with 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals.  The Timberwolves shot 38% from the floor and 26% from 3-point range.  The Pelicans out rebounded the Timberwolves, 55 to 42.  Minnesota allowed New Orleans to shoot 445 from the floor.  The Pelicans made 14 3-pointers compared to the Timberwolves 10.

In the Trail Blazers win over the Warriors, Portland was guided on offense by Damian Lillard.  Lillard finished with a double-double, totaling 31 points and 13 assists.  The Trail Blazers shot 45% from the floor and 29% from distance.  Portland out rebounded Golden State, 57 to 50.  Golden State was able to hang around with Portland, due to 27 second chance points.  

Recent Betting Trends:

Timberwolves are 9-16-1 ATS this season.

The over is 16-10 in Timberwolves games this year.

Trail Blazers are 12-16 ATS this season.

The under is 14-13-1 in Trail Blazers games this year. 

Portland has a solid starting lineup and still to this point have been disappointing thus far.  The Trail Blazers are still 4 games below the .500 mark.  However, this could be a spot, where the Trail Blazers can get on a 3 game win streak.  The Timberwolves have lost 8 games in a row and have lost by double digits in 5 of those games.  The Timberwolves defense ranks near the bottom at 27th, giving up nearly 118 per game.  If the Timberwolves want to compete in this game, Minnesota needs Robert Covington to heat up from 3-point range.  When Covington is on, it hard for teams to contain his 3-point shooting.  Although, I don't think Covington will be enough in this one even if he is sinking 3's.  Final score prediction, Lillard and the Trail Blazers will win and cover, 114-106.   

  

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Chris’s Pick POR -7.0

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.