Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers will look to record consecutive road wins for the second time this season when they visit Karl Anthony Towns and a Minnesota Timberwolves team that has won two straight on their home floor. Now, with the Blazers looking to pick up their third win in their last four games and the T-Wolves looking to get back in the win column after having their modest two-game winning streak the last tie out, let’s find out which team is offering the best value in this intriguing affair.
Trail Blazers vs Timberwolves 2020 NBA Odds, Preview & Pick
- When: January 9, 2020 at 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
- TV: FSN
- Radio: Portland / Minnesota
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Odds: Portland -2.5 / Total: 224.5
Why Bet On Portland?
The Trail Blazers might be off to a slow start this season, but they’ve won two of their last three including their thrilling 101-99 home win over Toronto on Tuesday night. Portland is also slightly better statistically speaking on both sides of the ball and the Blazers have won three straight and six of seven over the T-Wolves.
Portland also ranks first in free throw shooting percentage (81.9%), 12th in offensive rebounding and 10th in defensive field goal percentage (44.4%). Then, there’s the fact that superstar point guard Damian Lillard has picked up his play after a slow start and comes into this contest having scored 30 or more in five of his last seven appearances.
Last, but not least, while Portland’s 8-13 road mark is uninspiring at best, the Timberwolves have been completely awful in going 5-11 at the Target Center this season.
- Average Score For: 111.97
- Field Goals: 45.22%
- Three Points: 36.17%
- Free Throws: 81.86%
- Rebounds: 45.95
- Average Score Against: 113.58
- Field Goals: 44.41%
- Three Points: 36.09%
- Free Throws: 76.73%
- Rebounds: 47.92
Why Bet On Minnesota?
Despite suffering a humbling 119-112 road loss to Memphis on Tuesday night, there are some good reasons to believe Minnesota can cover the chalk in this matchup. The Timberwolves had won two straight and three of four before falling to the Grizzlies.
The T-Wolves also average and allow nearly identical totals scoring-wise as Portland this season while ranking an encouraging seventh in offensive rebounding (46.5 rpg).
Then, there’s the fact that Portland won’t have an answer for superstar center Karl Anthony Towns who is putting up 26.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. Last, but not least, the Blazers have gone an awful 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Average Score For: 111.81
- Field Goals: 43.21%
- Three Points: 32.16%
- Free Throws: 76.13%
- Rebounds: 46.61
- Average Score Against: 114.42
- Field Goals: 445.71%
- Three Points: 35.63%
- Free Throws: 78.84%
- Rebounds: 48.47
NBA Betting Trends for Portland Trail Blazers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
- Trail Blazers are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 games
- Trail Blazers are 2-6 SU in the last 8 game
- The total went UNDER in 8 of Portland’s last 10 games on the road
- Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games
- Timberwolves are 4-14 SU in the last 18 games
- The total went UNDER in 8 of Minnesota’s last 11 games
Trail Blazers vs Timberwolves Expert Analysis and Prediction
I know Dame Lillard and the Blazers are trying to get their act together after a seriously slow start, but Portland has split their last four games on their current road trip and one of those losses was a disgraceful 117-93 defeat against the completely clueless New York Knicks. Conversely, Minnesota has won four of their last seven games and although each win came against a mediocre ballclubs, I believe KAT and Andrew Wiggins are going to show up with a great effort tonight to lead Minnesota to the thrilling home win.
I know the Trail Blazers are 21-7 ATS in the last 28 meetings in Minnesota, but Portland is also an uninspiring 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite. Despite their awful 2-9 ATS mark in their last 11 home games, Minnesota has also gone an encouraging 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
Pick: Minnesota 115 Portland 111