Timberwolves at Raptors NBA Betting Lines & Pick for Tuesday

Timberwolves at Raptors NBA Betting Lines & Pick for Tuesday

Written by on January 30, 2018

One of the NBA’s longest losing streaks by one team in another’s gym is on the line Tuesday night as the Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t won at the Toronto Raptors since Jan. 21, 2004. They aren’t MyBookie favorites in the NBA betting lines to change that, either.

Timberwolves at Raptors NBA Betting Lines & Pick for Tuesday

When: Tuesday, 7:30 PM ET Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto TV: NBA League Pass, FSN+, TSN Stream: NBA League Pass Radio: WCCO-AM 830 (Minnesota) / 1050 AM (Toronto) NBA Betting Lines: Raptors -6.5 (218)

First Meeting

On Jan. 20, the Wolves won their third straight vs. Toronto at home, 115-109. Andrew Wiggins scored 22 of his 29 points in the first half and Karl-Anthony Towns contributed all of his 22 points after intermission. Towns hauled down 10 rebounds for Minnesota while Kyle Lowry poured in a season-high 40 points to lead the Raptors and DeMar DeRozan chipped in 20. However, the Timberwolves have lost 13 straight in Toronto.

Latest NBA Betting Trends

  • Minnesota is 1-7 ATS in the last 8 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 15-8 SU in the last 23 games
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games
  • Toronto is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 games
  • Toronto is 16-7 SU in the last 23 games
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 6 games

Why Bet on Minnesota’s NBA Betting Lines?

It’s the second of a back-to-back for Minnesota as it was in Atlanta on Tuesday night, so you will want to make sure everyone gets out of that healthy before betting on this one. Will All-Star Jimmy Butler play both ends of a back-to-back? He returned from a four-game sore knee absence on Saturday in a 111-97 home win over Brooklyn. Butler had 21 points across 35 minutes. He wasn’t playing with any kind of a minutes cap in his return to action and was just 4 of 14 from the field but hit 12 of his 14 attempts from the charity stripe while also chipping in with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Anthony Towns went for 16 points, 19 rebounds and three blocked shots over 34 minutes. Towns hit 7-of-16 from the field and he also added an assist and a steal. Of his 19 boards, 10 came on the offensive end, giving his team second-chance points in the 14-point win. Starting point guard Jeff Teague had just 2 points and says he’s dealing with a sore ankle & hand so monitor his status in this one. Saturday’s win vs. Brooklyn boosted the Wolves’ Target Center record to 20-6, their best 26-game home start since going 20-6 in 2003-04; they broke from the gate 22-4 in 2001-02. Minnesota has won its last 10 at home since falling to Phoenix on Dec. 16, its longest in-season streak since reeling off 14 in a row in 2003-04 (Dec. 16-Feb. 6). Towns’ advanced stats have improved and are some of the best in the league. He has posted his highest offensive rating of 113.8 (7th among players playing at least 30 minutes a game), a true shooting percentage of 63.3 (4th in the league), and a PER of 24 (11th in the league). He is one of the best post scorers in the league, per Synergy he is in the 78th percentile in points per possession.

Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 108.96
  • Field Goals: 47.60%
  • Three Points: 35%
  • Free Throws: 79.65%
  • Rebounds: 41.72
  • Average Score Against: 105.91
  • Field Goals: 47.91%
  • Three Points: 37.10%
  • Free Throws: 78.36%
  • Rebounds: 41.17

Why Bet on Toronto’s NBA Betting Lines?

The Raptors are off a 123-111 home win over the Lakers on Sunday. Fred VanVleet came off the bench to post a career-high 25 points over just 20 minutes. VanVleet hit 9-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line, and he added a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw stripe. He’s averaging 15.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocked shots per game over his past three outings.  Lowry finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds over 27 minutes. Serge Ibaka was good for 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots over 24 minutes. DeRozan posted 19 points with seven assists and a rebound over 30 minutes. He was just 1-of-6 from behind the arc and he turned it over three times, as he finished with another underwhelming stat line. He has failed to hit 20 points in a season-high three straight contests. Are the Raptors a safe bet in the NBA betting lines? The win guaranteed the Raptors (33-15) will have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference through Feb. 4, meaning Dwane Casey will coach Team LeBron at next month’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Brad Stevens, whose Celtics lead the Eastern Conference, is ineligible after coaching last year’s game. Toronto has the second-best home record in the NBA this season with a 18-4 (.818) mark. The Raptors are averaging 112.6 points at home (fourth in the NBA) and 11.2 three-pointers. San Antonio leads all teams with a 21-4 (.840) record at home. Toronto tied a franchise-record with 12 straight home victories earlier this season (Nov. 7 – Jan. 1).  Toronto is 27-8 this season when recording 20-or-more assists in a game. The Raptors currently rank 12th in the NBA in assists per game (22.7). The Raptors have made 10-or-more three-pointers in 32 games (26-6) this season; something they did 37 times last season. Toronto is averaging 31.8 three-point attempts (fifth in the NBA) through 48 games played, up from 24.3 attempts.

Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 111.10
  • Field Goals: 46.63%
  • Three Points: 35.04
  • Free Throws: 79.74%
  • Rebounds: 43.85
  • Average Score Against: 103.83
  • Field Goals: 44.73%
  • Three Points: 34.92%
  • Free Throws: 76.70%
  • Rebounds: 41.73

Expert Prediction & NBA Pick

  No chance I’m taking the Wolves in a second of a back-to-back. Toronto wins by double digits in the NBA betting lines.
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