Minnesota Timberwolves vs Washington Wizards betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s NBA game at Target Center. A fast paced game is expected tonight in Minnesota as the Wizards come to town for the 2nd and final meeting of the regular season with the Timberwolves. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Minnesota’s defense didn’t have the best of nights in the 1st meeting this season allowing 142 points and losing by 15 points on the road. They’ll look to turn things around here, but their recent form hasn’t been all that consistent as they’ve exchanged wins and loses over their last 5 games. The team is still adjusting to life with a new point guard at the helm as they traded away D’Angelo Russell for Mike Conley.
Him and Rudy Gobert have a good connection on the floor dating back to their days together in Utah, so the Timberwolves are counting on that moving forward. They just spoiled the party in Dallas beating the new look Mavs 124-121, behind 32 points by Anthony Edwards. It was the 10th time in their last 15 games they’ve been able to cover the spread.
Washington has a really good track record in head-to-head games vs Minnesota having won 6 in a row, while also covering the spread in all 6 of those. They are on one of their best stretches of basketball this entire season with a 9-4 SU/ATS record over the last 13 played. Kyle Kuzma coming back from injury was a major boost in their win at Portland the other night as he dropped 33 points, looking like he didn’t miss a beat.
There are no injuries to report at the moment, which is really good news when you’re taking on a team like the Timberwolves. Washington hasn’t had the best of times on the road this season, they rank only 25th with a Net Rating of -0.2 points, but when you have 3 players on your roster capable of giving you 30 points on any given night, you can’t be discounted that easily.
The two teams are evenly matched, but I’m going to go with the underdog Wizards here just because of their dominance in head-to-head meetings. They clearly know how to beat the Minnesota team, so let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and back them plus the extra points.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Washington Wizards Predictions & Odds
We saw 269 points back in late November when these two teams played in Washington. That’s been the general trend in games between these two teams as all 10 of their previous meetings have cashed on the over. An average of 245.7 points per game was scored during that stretch, making it one of the most points productive match-ups in the NBA over the past few years. I don’t see much changing in the approach for either side here.
The Wizards are 11-2 on the O/U in their last 13 games vs Northwest Division opponents, while the Timberwolves have gone over in 6 straight and in 7 of their last 9 vs East teams. There’s also a chance that Rudy Gobert doesn’t play here as he’s dealing with a groin injury. If that’s the case then there will be no interior defense for the Timberwolves here, which also helps if you’re backing the over in this one. Take the points with confidence.