In this all-Western showdown between two teams sitting outside the playoff places of the conference, the Minnesota Timberwolves (28-31), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the Sacramento Kings (31-28), who on the other hand want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 02-25-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves -3
Minnesota Timberwolves have a 28-31 record (31-28 against the spread) so far this season currently sit in the 11th place of the West. In their last game they saw a three-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Bucks with a 128-140 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Karl-Anthony Towns with 23.1 ppg, adding a team high 12 boards per game. He is followed by Derrick Rose with 18.4 ppg and 4.7 dimes per game.
Sacramento Kings have a 31-28 record (36-23 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 9th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Thunder with a 119-116 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Buddy Hield with 20.7 ppg, adding 5.2 boards per game. He is followed by De’Aaron Fox with 17.2 ppg, 3.6 boards and a team high 7.2 dimes per game, while Bogdan Bogdanovic adds 14.8 ppg, 3.6 boards and 4 dimes per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Kings lead the Wolves 2-1 wins with each team having won at home. Wolves have a 19-10 home record, while the Kings are 12-17 on the road. Kings are better offensively, scoring 113.7 ppg to Wolves’ 112.2, while the Wolves are better defensively, allowing 112.1 ppg to Kings’ 114.8. Kings have better percentages both in field goals (46.5% to 45.3%) and in 3-pointers (37.7% to 35.5%). They are also better both in boards grabbed (45.2 to 44.9) and in dimes made (25.6 to 24.6), while Wolves are only better in turnovers committed (12.6 to 13.5). Wolves have been very effective at home this season and Vegas odds give them a -3 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win.
Sacramento Kings vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves -3 (-109)
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