At 10:00 ET, the Minnesota Timberwolves (-402) will travel to take on the Portland Trail Blazers (+316) in a Northwest Division matchup. The Timberwolves are currently favored by 8.5 points, and the over/under line is set at 214.5.

Minnesota comes into this game with a 3-game winning streak and a record of 38-16. They currently sit 1st in the Western Conference. On the other side, the Blazers have lost 5 straight games and are 14th in the West with a record of 15-38.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Portland Trail Blazers +8.5

This game will be played at Moda Center at 10:00 ET on Thursday, February 15th.

WHY BET THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 125-124 in favor of the Timberwolves.
  • Our projections have Anthony Edwards finishing with Anthony Edwards points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Timberwolves finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.9% and knocking down 14 threes.

Will the Timberwolves Come Through as Road Favorites?

Minnesota has won three straight games on the road and is 19-11 on the season. Currently, their average scoring margin on the road is +4.0 points per game.

Against the spread, Minnesota is 15-14 on the road and has covered the spread in their last three road games. As the favorite, they are 21-21 ATS and have gone 32-11 straight-up.

This season, Minnesota has been favored in 43 of their 54 games, and they have won their last two games as the favorite. Their average scoring margin as the favorite is +8.5 PPG.

Minnesota’s O/U record for the season is 27-27, and 51 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s (214.5). The average O/U line in their games is 222.8, and their games have averaged 220.7 points.

In their most recent game, Minnesota beat Portland by a score of 121-109. The Timberwolves were favored by 8.5 points in that game and covered the spread. The O/U line for that game was 213.5.

When it comes to scoring, the Timberwolves are 20th in the NBA with 113.7 points per game. However, they have been better on the road, averaging 114.5 points compared to 112.7 at home.

So far this season, the Timberwolves have outscored the NBA scoring average in 46.3% of their games. In terms of pace, Minnesota is 26th in the league at 97.3 possessions per game.

One of the strengths of the Timberwolves’ offense has been their three-point shooting. They are 2nd in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage at 39%. Overall, Minnesota is 7th in field goal percentage (49%).

Not only do the Timberwolves’ overall defensive numbers look good, as they are 1st in the league in points allowed. Minnesota has also been playing well on defense of late, ranking 28th in the league over their last three games at 104.7 PPG allowed. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Timberwolves squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 50.5% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 35.5% from downtown.

Can the Trail Blazers Grab a Win at Home?

Today, the Trail Blazers are looking to snap a five-game losing streak with a win over the Timberwolves. In their last game against Minnesota, they lost by a score of 121-109.

As the underdog, the Trail Blazers have gone 14-34 this season and are currently 8.5-point underdogs. In their last four games as the underdog, they have failed to cover the spread.

In terms of their ATS record, the Trail Blazers are 25-28 for the season. At home, they are 11-14 against the spread, with an average scoring margin of -4.1 points per game.

This season, Portland has an O/U record of 23-29-1. In their last game against the Timberwolves, the over/under line was 213.5, and the teams combined for 230 points.

For the season, the Trail Blazers are 15-38 and are currently in 14th place in the Western Conference. Against Western Conference teams, they are 6-30 and 1-10 against division opponents.

On average, the Trail Blazers’ games have finished with 224.7 points per game, and today’s O/U line is set at 214.5.

Heading into tonight’s game, the Trail Blazers are one of the worst offensive teams in the league, averaging just 108.2 points per game (29th). However, they have been slightly better at home, where they are averaging 110.7 points per game (28th).

Portland’s offense has struggled to find consistency from beyond the arc this season. They are shooting just 35% from three-point range (23rd) and are making an average of 11.9 threes per game (23rd).

When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Blazers are 19th in the league in attempts at 21.9 per game. Overall, they are shooting 44% from the field (29th).

Coming into today’s game, the Trail Blazers’ defense is giving up an average of 116.5 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Trail Blazers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 58.5% and 34.6% from three-point territory.