Minnesota Timberwolves vs Philadelphia 76ers betting tips and predictions for Saturday’s NBA game. It’s a quick turnaround for the Minnesota Timberwolves as they travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
The winning streak is no more for the Timberwolves as they fell on the road last night 133-115 against the Charlotte Hornets. Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell had solid nights offensively, but their perimeter shooting was a big letdown in this one as they allowed the Hornets to drain 23 of 40 shots from downtown. This was a very unusual night for Minnesota as before the game they ranked as the best three-point defensive team in the NBA. Now, they have to move quickly as another team awaits less than 24 hours after their game at Charlotte. They face the Philadelphia 76ers team that they’ve beaten just once in the last 10 meetings and are currently on a 7-game losing streak against them in road games.
Joel Embiid’s last game for the Sixers was on Nov 6th when they played the Chicago Bulls and now 20 days later he will finally make his comeback after a long absence due to health and safety protocols. Without their best player, Philly has really struggled and lost 7 of their last 9 games. In their latest loss 116-96 at Golden State they had a 20-point lead slip away as they couldn’t hold on without several key players out. Tobias Harris also missed that game, he too has been upgraded to ‘day-to-day’ by the medical staff and could make a return here. The 76ers are just 3-5 ATS in their 8 home games this season, however they have beaten tonight’s opponent in 8 games in a row.
Philly’s recent run has been dreadful, but if Embiid is back tonight they can only go up from here. In their last 10 games vs Minnesota they’ve outscored them by an average of 11.2 points per game, so I’m confident they can win this one at home by at least 5 points. Give me Philadelphia to cover.
Philadelphia 76ers – Minnesota Timberwolves Odds
Philadelphia 76ers – Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions
Sixers -4.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
Scoring has been an issue for Philadelphia during their run of games without Embiid. The under has landed in 4 of their last 5 games and in 8 of their last 11 played at home. Insert Embiid and Harris back into the line-up, that’s an automatic +40 points per game right there. Minnesota’s defense was non-existent in their loss to the Hornets last night, not having any rest could mean they’ll have yet another night like that. They play at the 7th fastest pace in the NBA and Philly also played fast when they had their big man. Offensively the 76ers are ranked 5th in offensive rating, while the Timberwolves are 17th. In their last 3 meetings the 2 teams have averaged 219.6 points per game, if we expand that to the last 10 games they are averaging 218.8 which is just around tonight’s total listed by the oddsmakers. With 4 of Minnesota’s 7 road games finishing over the total, I’m confident we’ll see yet another high scoring game here. Back the over.
Over 218.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365