Two teams from different conferences currently on opposite trajectories are clashing tonight, when the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-11), looking to extend a winning streak, are hosting the Philadelphia 76ers (13-13), who want to end a losing one of their own.
Date/Time: 12-12-2017, 21:30 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves -6
Timberwolves have a 16-11 record (11-14-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 4th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and their last game they won at home against Dallas with a 97-92 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Karl-Anthony Towns with 20.1 ppg and a team high 11.6 rebounds per game. He is followed by Jimmy Butler with 19 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 4.8 assists, while Andrew Wiggins adds 18.2 ppg.
Sixers have a 13-13 record (15-10-1 against the spread) so far this season and have fallen on the 10th place of the East. They have four consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Pelicans with a 124-131 score. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 23.5 ppg, adding a team high 11.1 rebounds per game. He is followed by Ben Simmons with 18 ppg, 9.2 rebounds and a team high 7.7 assists per game, while JJ Redick adds 16.6 ppg.
In their two meetings last season each team managed to win at home (Wolves by 24 points and Sixers by 2 points). Wolves are 9-4 at home so far this season, while Sixers are 6-7 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 108.2 ppg to Wolves’ 107.1, while Wolves are better defensively, allowing 106.3 ppg to Sixers’ 108.8. Wolves have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.1% to Sixers’ 45.7% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.2% to Sixers’ 35.5%. Sixers on the other hand lead the league in rebounding, grabbing 48.7 to Wolves’ 42.3, and are third-best in assists made, with 25.9 to Wolves’ 22.7, while Wolves are better in turnovers committed (14.1 to 17.5). Sixers are struggling lately and Vegas odds give Wolves a -7 spread and expect them to beat those odds as they have been playing better lately.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves -6 (-110)
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