In this all-Western showdown between two squads sitting in and out of the playoff places of the conference, the Utah Jazz (27-22), who have lost only once in their last 8 games, are hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (24-24), who are looking to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 01-27-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves +4.5
Minnesota Timberwolves have a 24-25 record (26-23 against the spread) so far this season are 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 Jazz with a 102-106 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Karl-Anthony Towns with 22.8 ppg, adding a team high 12.3 boards per game. He is followed by Derrick Rose with 18.6 ppg and 4.7 dimes per game.
Utah Jazz have a 28-22 record (24-24-2 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Spurs in the 6th place of the West. They have won eight of their last nine matches and in their last game they won at home against the Wolves with a 106-102 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 22.3 ppg, adding 3.8 boards and 3.9 dimes per game. He is followed by Rudy Gobert with 15 ppg and a team high 13.1 boards per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once at home (Wolves by 3 points and Jazz by 4). Wolves have a 16-8 home record, while the Jazz are 13-12 on the road. Wolves are better offensively, scoring 111.7 ppg to Jazz’s 108.4 ppg, while Jazz are better defensively, allowing 105 ppg to Wolves’ 111.3. Jazz have a better field goal percentage (45.8% to 44.8%), while Wolves have a better 3-point percentage (35% to 34.5%). Both teams grab exactly 45.2 boards per game, while Jazz are better in dimes made (24.8 to 24.4) and Wolves are better in turnovers committed (12.7 to 14.9). Wolves have been very ineffective lately and Vegas odds give the Jazz a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds and continue their winning streak today.
Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Utah Jazz -4.5 (-105)
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