Cavaliers visit Timberwolves in NBA clash
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds
The Timberwolves will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Cavaliers tip off at Target Center on Friday in NBA play.
Supporters of the Cavaliers have seen them go 4-15 and 9-10 ATS so far this season, while the Timberwolves are at 8-9 and 10-7 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Timberwolves are 9-8, while the Cavaliers are 10-9.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 14-rated Timberwolves and the No. 20-ranked Cavaliers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 96-90 result in favor of the Timberwolves.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Minnesota's No. 4-rated squad against Cleveland's No. 11-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Minnesota rates No. 24 in the league with 5.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 7 with 7.9 per outing.
Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 22-rated defense on the road, giving up 102.2 points per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 26 in the league in scoring at home.
The Cavaliers were a 95-85 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (180) made winners of UNDER bettors. Donald Sloan scored 14 points in a failed effort to lead the Cavaliers to victory (they lost 95-85 to Chicago at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday).
Minnesota lost its last outing, a 104-94 result against the Celtics on December 5. The Timberwolves failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the 198 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Timberwolves endured a 104-94 loss at the hands of the Celtics on Wednesday, despite a 19-point effort from Kevin Love at TD Garden.
Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Detroit are 2-8
After playing Chicago are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8
Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Denver are 2-8
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
A few Cavaliers at Timberwolves trends to consider:
Cleveland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Cleveland is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cleveland's last 9 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Minnesota's last 15 games at home
Cleveland home to Detroit, Saturday, December 8
Minnesota home to Denver, Wednesday, December 12