In this battle between two squads sitting on the eleventh place of each conference, the Orlando Magic (22-32), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (25-28), who have won only once in their last 5 games.
Date/Time: 02-07-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Orlando Magic -2
Orlando Magic have a 22-32 record (27-26-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 11th place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Thunder with a 122-132 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Vucevic with 20.6 ppg, adding 3.8 dimes and a team high 11.9 boards per game. He is followed by Aaron Gordon with 15.8 ppg, 3.6 dimes and 7.4 boards per game.
Minnesota Timberwolves have a 25-28 record (26-27 against the spread) so far this season are currently sit in the 11th place of the West. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Grizzlies with a 106-108 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Karl-Anthony Towns with 22.8 ppg, adding a team high 12.2 boards per game. He is followed by Derrick Rose with 18.3 ppg and 4.7 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Timberwolves won at home with a 120-103 score. Magic have a 12-15 home record, while the Wolves are 8-18 on the road. Wolves are better offensively, scoring 111.3 ppg to Magic’s 104.6 ppg, while Magic are better defensively, allowing 107.9 ppg to Wolves’ 111.2. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (44.8% to 44.7%) and identical 3-point percentage (34.8%). Wolves are better in boards grabbed (45 to 43.8) and in turnovers committed (12.7 to 13.1), while both teams are almost equal in dimes made (24.6 to 24.4). With both teams struggling lately expect the home court advantage to be a major factor. Vegas odds give the Magic a -2 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Orlando Magic Prediction: Orlando Magic -2 (-109)
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