Minnesota Timberwolves at Utah Jazz
|Date & Time||Friday January 25, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)|
Vivint Smart Home Arena
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Line: Utah Jazz -10 -- Over/Under: 222
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz meet Friday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look for another win to get a game above a .500 record. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 111.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 111.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 22.5 points and 12.3 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.9 points and 4.8 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last six road games.
The Utah Jazz look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 108.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 105.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 22.3 points and 3.8 assists while Rudy Gobert is averaging 14.9 points and 13 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won seven of their last eight home games.
The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Jazz are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Timberwolves are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Utah and the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 14-6-1 in Jazz last 21 overall. The over is 19-7 in Timberwolves last 26 overall.
I've been fading the Minnesota Timberwolves a lot this season, as they're as inconsistent as any team in this league and the effort defensively is frustrating. The Utah Jazz are playing their best ball of the season during this winning stretch and are winning by an average margin of 8.6 points in their last five games. With that said, I'm not making the Jazz double-digit favorites because they've won a few games. This line is kind of surprising. The Utah Jazz are also 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games when a double-digit favorite. I'll take my chances with the Timberwolves and the free buckets.