Portland Trail Blazers vs Minnesota Timberwolves betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA game at Moda Center. Just 2 days after their clash in Portland, the Timberwolves and Trail Blazers run it back for the 2nd time this regular season. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers ran out 124-118 winners in the last game vs Minnesota, covering a 5.5 spread. Damian Lillard exploded for 36 points, while Anfernee Simons added 31 for what was Portland’s 17th win over the Timberwolves in the last 20 meetings at Moda Center. Not much has changed ahead of tonight’s game, the oddsmakers have set a 4.5 point spread which makes Portland’s job even a bit easier than in the first game.
They might also get Gary Payton II back in the line-up, depending on his conditioning. That would be a huge boost defensively, which would certainly help as that’s one area they tend to struggle with this season. Portland is just 4-8 SU in their last 12 games, but they’ve been able to cover the spread in 4 of their last 5 outings.
Minnesota continues to be without their best player Karl-Anthony Towns as he continues to rehab his calf injury. The trio of Anthony Edwards, Rudy Gobert and D’Angelo Russell has elevated it’s production in order to compensate for his 20+ points per game, so far they are 3-2 SU in 5 games without him.
Tonight’s game will be a huge test for them, as Moda Center is a building they find it challenging to win at. This team is just 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games on the road, as underdogs in 8 games they’ve won only twice so the odds are stacked against them here. Rebounding was a big issue in the previous game, Portland won the battle 45-28 with 11 of them coming on the offensive end. So it’ll be up to Rudy Gobert to step up on the glass tonight.
The Timberwolves struggle defending the three-point line, they’ll be at the mercy of one of the best shooters in the league Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons. The Blazers have dominated this match-up in this building, expect another win from them tonight.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions & Odds
Not a lot of defense was played on Saturday night when these two teams met, a total of 242 points were scored in that game. Tonight’s projected total is set at 232.5 points, which is just in line with what these two teams have been averaging over the last 10 games (230.7 points per game).
The last 3 meetings are averaging more points than the projected total, with the over cashing twice. I think that’s a good sign of what’s to come in tonight’s game. Minnesota ranks dead last in opponent threes per game allowing 14 a night, when you have a team like Portland going up against you, that just screams trouble. The Blazers rank 3rd in efficiency from the perimeter knocking down 38.4% of their shots, that’s up to 40.4% in their last 3 games. There is no way this game finishes under the total, let’s back the points.