Minnesota Timberwolves vs Milwaukee Bucks betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA Game on ESPN. Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Bucks look to stay unbeaten as they hit the road and travel to Minnesota to take on Rudy Gobert and the Timberwolves. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
After 8 games played the Minnesota Timberwolves find themselves in only the 4th spot in their division with a 4-4 record. They are coming off back-to-back losses at San Antonio and at Phoenix, but tonight against the Bucks they have an opportunity to make a statement at home. The play of point-guard D’Angelo Russell and center Rudy Gobert were particularly disappointing in the loss against the Suns as they scored just 5 and 7 points on the night.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards tried their best to carry the team with 24 points each, but it’s hard to beat elite teams when your key players are struggling. Beating this Bucks side will be a challenge in itself, Minnesota is just 7-3 SU in the last 10 meetings, but if there’s one thing that give them hope ahead of tonight’s game it’s their 8-3 SU record in the last 11 games vs Central Division opponents.
We are 7 games into the season and the Bucks are yet to lose a game. However, with 6 of those games taking place in Milwaukee, I think tonight’s clash with Minnesota could be their biggest challenge of the young season. The Bucks have covered just once in their last 5 meetings with Western Conference teams, but after consecutive wins against the Pistons this team isn’t lacking any confidence. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the early front runner for MVP honors with averages of 33.6 points on almost 57% shooting and 12.7 rebounds per game, but this team will reach it’s full potential only when Khris Middleton returns. He was recently sent to the Wisconsin Herd to practice with them as he finds his way back from wrist surgery. Bettors have won a lot of money on Milwaukee games this season as they’ve covered the spread in 6 of 7 games played.
Despite a 3-2 record in home games, the Wolves haven’t been very convincing at Target Center this season. Until someone beats the Bucks I am riding their hot streak, let’s back them to cover the small spread here.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Milwaukee Bucks Predictions & Odds
We’ve seen quite the offensive performances from the Bucks in head-to-head meetings over the past 10 games as they’ve averaged 119.2 points per game on 48% shooting from the field. Minnesota getting Rudy Gobert should in theory help them with clogging up the paint a little bit, but Giannis is far past the point of being just a attack-the-rim one dimensional player. This Bucks team is capable of hurting you in a variety of ways, they currently have the 2nd best Net Rating in the NBA at +11.2, only behind the Suns.
Scoring against them is tough, they have the best defensive rating by far at 101.3 with the next best team being at 104.3. They are also top 10 in opponent points in the paint, fastbreak points and 2nd chance points. Having watched Minnesota struggle offensively in the losses at San Antonio and Phoenix, I can’t see them getting too much out of tonight’s game. The under has cashed in 6 of 7 Bucks games on the road and in 8 of their last 12 visits to Target Center. Let’s go with the under here as well.