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NBA Game Preview - Pistons underdogs vs Timberwolves at Minnesota

Detroit PistonsMinnesota Timberwolves
Jan 18, 8:00 PM | Target Center

Detroit Pistons vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds

3-11TEAM RECORD5-8

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Detroit when they hit take on the Timberwolves on Wednesday in pro hoops betting action.

The Timberwolves sit at 5-8 (9-4 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Pistons are currently 3-11 (3-11 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Minnesota is 2-10-1 OU, and Detroit is 6-8 OU.

View Detroit vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers opened the Timberwolves as 8-point favorites in this matchup, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 185.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Timberwolves at No. 4 and the Pistons at No. 27 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 94-82 result in favor of the Timberwolves.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 15-ranked offense, averaging 94.7 PPG, against a Pistons defense that ranks No. 14 at 94.8 PPG. The Timberwolves field goal percentage has averaged 42.9% so far, more than the Pistons shooters have achieved on the year, 42.3% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Pistons own the league's No. 8-rated mark, allowing 93.6 points per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 16 in home scoring.

The Pistons were a 97-80 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rockets. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (177) made winners of UNDER bettors. Detroit got 20 points from Tayshaun Prince but lost anyway 97-80 against the Rockets on Tuesday at Toyota Center.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 99-86 winner at home against the Kings. They covered the 7-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (185) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Kevin Love went off for 33 points and added 11 rebounds leading Minnesota to a 99-86 win over Sacramento on Monday at Target Center.

Detroit Pistons Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Memphis are 5-5
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing LA Clippers are 2-8
After playing Sacramento are 3-7
After a win are 3-7

A few Pistons at Timberwolves trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Detroit's last 8 games on the road
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Detroit is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing Detroit

Next up:
Detroit home to Memphis, Friday, January 20
Minnesota at LA Clippers, Friday, January 20

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