Two of the top-4 teams of each conference are clashing today, when the Minnesota Timberwolves (25-16), are hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers (26-13), with both teams looking to turn their latest victories into a winning streak.
Date/Time: 01-08-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves +1
Timberwolves have a 25-16 record (18-21-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 4th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Pelicans with a 116-98 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Jimmy Butler with 21.5 ppg, adding 5.3 rpg and 5 assists. He is followed by Karl-Anthony Towns with 20.2 ppg and a team high 11.9 rebounds per game, while Andrew Wiggins adds 17.6 ppg.
Cavaliers have a 26-13 record (12-26-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the East. They have lost four of their last six matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Magic with a 131-127 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.6 ppg, adding 8.2 rebounds and a team high 9.1 assists per game. He is followed by Kevin Love with 19.8 ppg and a team high 9.8 rebounds per game.
Cavaliers won both games against the Timberwolves last season (by 28 points at home and by 8 points on the road). Wolves are 14-6 at home so far this season, while Wolves are 11-9 on the road. Cavs are better offensively, scoring 110.5 ppg to Wolves’ 108, while Wolves are better defensively, allowing 105.2 ppg to Cavs’ 107.7. Cavs have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.6% to Wolves’ 47.4% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 38% to Wolves’ 35.2%. Cavs are also better in rebounding, grabbing 42 to Wolves’ 41.5 and in assists made, with 23.4 to Wolves’ 22.4, while Wolves are only better in turnovers committed (13.1 to 14.4). Cavs have not been so good lately and while Vegas odds give them a -1 spread don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the Wolves for the home victory today.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves +1 (-108)
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