The Chicago Bulls (21-40) can put an end to a six-game road losing streak when they clash with the Minnesota Timberwolves (18-42) at Target Center. Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, and it can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago.
Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Odds Preview
The Bulls edged the Dallas Mavericks in their last outing, 109-107, despite being 6.5-point underdogs. Coby White was Chicago’s high scorer with 19 points on 8-for-20 shooting. The Bulls forced 16 turnovers and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.5 (above their season average of 22.7). The two teams combined to score 216 points, which was under the projected point total of 220.
In the Timberwolves’ previous game, they beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 139-134, but they failed to cover as 6-point favorites. Minnesota was lifted by Naz Reid, who finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds. The Timberwolves made 17 of their 20 free throws (85.0 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.629 (above their season average of 0.511). The two squads collectively scored 273 points, which finished well over the projected point total of 243.5.
Conflicting paces will be on display in this matchup. Minnesota prefers a fast-paced style of play (first in possessions per game), while Chicago is methodical (17th in possessions per game).
Of Chicago’s 61 games, 33 have finished over the projected point total, while 34 of Minnesota’s 59 games have finished over the projected point total. The Bulls hold a sizable advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 21-40 SU and 27-33-1 ATS, while the Timberwolves are 18-42 SU and 20-37-2 ATS.
Both teams have had a player trending in the right direction over their last five games. For the Bulls, it’s been White, who has averaged 27 points, while the Timberwolves have received great contributions from Malik Beasley (18 points).
These two teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined to put up 227 points in that game, which was over the projected point total of 219. The Bulls won 117-110, covering as 1-point favorites. The Bulls dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.357 and a turnover percentage of 10.7. For those same stats, the Timberwolves were 0.151 and 15.7, respectively. Despite the loss, Karl-Anthony Towns was the game’s leading scorer with 40 points.
Bulls at Timberwolves Odds Prediction
Free NBA Tip: SU Winner – Timberwolves, ATS Winner – Timberwolves, O/U – Over
Minnesota averages 8.7 steals per game, which ranks third in the NBA. Chicago ranks 26th in steals allowed per game (8.2).
Chicago ranks 13th in second chance points per game (13.4) while Minnesota ranks 24th in second chance points allowed per game (13.8).
The Timberwolves rank third in three pointers attempted per game (39.9) while the Bulls rank ninth (35.2).
Minnesota is 6-22-1 ATS at home, while Chicago is 13-16 ATS on the road.
Minnesota is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, Chicago is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Timberwolves’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.8, up from 4.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulls have scored an average of 115.2 points per game (8.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 117.0 points per game (7.0 above their season average).