Looking to win big? The Timberwolves and Magic face off at 7:00 ET on BSF. The Magic are hosting the game at Kia Center in Orlando, FL. The Timberwolves are the favorites in this non-conference matchup against the Magic. The over/under for the game is set at 218 points.
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS ORLANDO MAGIC BETTING PICK
The Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves -5
This game will be played at Kia Center at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 9th.
WHY BET THE MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-109 in favor of the Timberwolves.
- Our projections have Anthony Edwards finishing with Anthony Edwards points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the Timberwolves finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.4% and knocking down 13 threes.
Can Minnesota Pull Off a Road Win?
As the Timberwolves get ready to take on the Magic, they are sitting in 1st place in the Western Conference. Overall, Minnesota is 25-10 and has gone 18-6 against other teams in the West.
So far, the Timberwolves have been the favorites in 27 of their 35 games and have a record of 21-6 in those games. On the road, they have gone 11th on the spread with a record of 8-10.
The average over/under line in their games has been 223.5 points, and their over/under record for the season is 19-16. Today’s line of 218 points is a bit lower than their average over/under line. This season, they have gone 4-3 with lower over/under lines than 218.
In their last game, the Timberwolves fell to the Mavericks by a score of 115-108. Minnesota did not cover the spread as 2-point favorites.
In their most recent game, the Timberwolves’ offense scored 108 points, which is right in line with their season average of 112.9. When it comes to scoring, Anthony Edwards leads the team with an average of 26.8, while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21.5 points per game this season.
This season, the Timberwolves’ defense is the 1st ranked defense in the NBA at 1st PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 74.3% of their games. Opponents are hitting 50.8% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 34.8% of their three-point attempts.
Are Orlando Ready for a Home Win?
Heading into today’s game against the Timberwolves, the Magic are 5-point underdogs at home. If they are able to pull off the win, they will also move into the lead in the Southeast, as they currently sit 2nd behind the Heat.
Orlando has put together back-to-back wins and are 21-15 for the season. Against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Magic have gone 15-9 compared to 6-6 in non-conference matchups.
When looking at the standings for various betting trends, Orlando is providing an ATS record of 16-8 as the underdog and have covered the spread in three straight games as the underdog. Their straight-up record as the underdog this season is 11-13.
The over/under record in Orlando’s games is currently sitting at 18-18. Today’s over/under line of 218 is slightly below their average over/under line of 226.8. For the season, 31 of their games have had higher over/under lines than 218 (four have had lower lines). In their previous games with higher over/under lines, their record is 15-16.
At home this season, Orlando is putting up 117.1 PPG, which is 12th best in the NBA. Overall, they are 19th in the league with 113.9 PPG. Paolo Banchero is leading the team in scoring with 23.1 PPG, while Franz Wagner is second at 20.9 PPG.
In the current season, the Magic defense has excelled, sitting 11th in the NBA by allowing 111.9 points per game. In the terms of takeaways, Magic are causing 14.2 turnovers per game, ranking 25th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 14th in rejections, averaging 5.5 blocked shots each game.