Another inter-conference tilt in the NBA will be played as a part of an eight-game slate scheduled for Saturday, March 18, so make sure you take a look at the best Timberwolves vs. Raptors betting pick and odds.
Toronto is searching for the third win in a row when they welcome Minnesota at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors are -6.5 favorites on MyBookie Sportsbook, while the total is set at N/A points. These inter-conference rivals will face for the second time this year; the Timberwolves won 128-126 in Minneapolis.
Timberwolves fell short of the Celtics at home
The Minnesota Timberwolves (35-35, 34-36-0 ATS) are playing in a hot and cold form lately. After recording three consecutive victories, the Timberwolves lost three of the following four games, including the most recent one to the Boston Celtics at home. Although they kept the Celtics to 40.5% from the field and shot 44.0% on the other end, the C’s made 24 free throws opposite Minnesota’s 16, which was the biggest difference in the end as the teams were pretty tied in other segments.
Anthony Edwards led the Wolves in a 105-103 defeat with a double-double of 28 points and team-high ten rebounds along with seven assists. Kyle Anderson added 15 points, game-high eight dishes, seven boards, and two blocks, Rudy Gobert had 15 points and six rebounds, Naz Reid also scored 15 with six boards, while Jaden McDaniels chipped in 14 points and five rebounds.
C Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) and SG Jaylen Nowell (knee) are out indefinitely. SG Austin Rivers (back), C Rudy Gobert (ankle), and C Naz Reid (calf) are questionable to face Chicago on Friday, and we will consider them questionable in Toronto on Saturday as well.
Raptors beat the Thunder in Toronto
The Toronto Raptors (34-36, 35-35-0 ATS) responded to a three-game losing skid with a pair of wins over the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder. Both wins came at home, where the Raptors will spend five of the next six games and will get a proper chance to go above .500. The Raptors didn’t have trouble beating the Thunder 128-111 as they limited the visitors to 42.6% from the floor, while the hosts dominated in both rebounds (59-39) and assists (29-18).
Pascal Siakam led Toronto with a double-double of 25 points and game-high 14 rebounds, along with a game-high eight assists. Gary Trent scored 23 points with five boards and two steals, Scottie Barnes posted a 19/8/6 line, Fred VanVleet had 19 points, six dimes, five rebounds, and game-high four thefts, while Jakob Poeltl posted a double-double of 16 points and 12 boards with four assists.
SF Otto Porter Jr. (foot) is done for the season. SF Dalano Banton (thumb) and C Christian Koloko (nose) are questionable to feature on Saturday against the Wolves.
- 4-0 ATS in the last four home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- 5-0 ATS in the last five home games
- 6-2 ATS in the last eight Saturday games
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Toronto Raptors Pick
The Wolves will be playing the second game of a back-to-back set after facing the Bulls in Chicago on Saturday. Minnesota could opt to rest some of its key players, and Gobert and Reid are already listed as questionable. Toronto has a great chance to get close to .500, and I am backing the Raptors to get a win here as they have been in fantastic home form recently. The Raptors won eight of the previous nine games at Scotiabank Arena, including each of the last six, and even though Minnesota is playing well on the road lately, I don’t think they will have a chance in the second game of a back-to-back set.
Pick: Take the Raptors at -5.5 (-120)
Toronto is not very efficient on the road, but at home, the Raptors’ offense is a whole other story. They scored 253 points in the last two games against Denver and Oklahoma City and considering that Minnesota has below average defense that allows 115.6 points per game and the fact that the visitors will be tired after the game in Chicago on Friday, I am backing the hosts to score 120+ here. The latest H2H produced even 254 points, and although I don’t think we will have a 250+ point display here, I do expect a high-scoring affair. Over is 6-1 in the Raptors’ last seven overall, and Over is 5-2 in Toronto’s previous seven home games.
Pick: Go Over N/A points