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NBA Game Preview - Timberwolves underdogs vs Suns at Phoenix

Minnesota TimberwolvesPhoenix Suns
March 1, 9:00 PM | US Airways Center

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Phoenix Suns Odds

18-18TEAM RECORD14-20

Phoenix will look to improve on its 14-20 record on Thursday when they host Minnesota in NBA odds action at US Airways Center.

The Suns sport records of 14-20 and 14-20 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Timberwolves sit at 18-18 and 20-16 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-20-2 for the Suns and 17-18-1 for the Timberwolves.

View Minnesota vs Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Suns as 3-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 200.5, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Suns at No. 26 and the Timberwolves at No. 11 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 97-94 result in favor of the Timberwolves.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Phoenix's No. 15-ranked offense, averaging 94.6 PPG, against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 19 at 95.9 PPG. The Suns field goal percentage has averaged 44.7% so far, more than the Timberwolves shooters have achieved on the year, 43.1% per game.

Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 96.1 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 15 in the league in scoring at home.

Minnesota was a 104-85 loser in its last match on the road against the Lakers. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 189 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Timberwolves endured a 104-85 loss at the hands of the Lakers on Wednesday, despite a 14-point effort from Martell Webster at STAPLES Center.

In their last action, Phoenix was a 106-104 loser at home against the Warriors. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (210) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Phoenix suffered a 106-104 loss against Golden State on Wednesday, getting 22 points from Channing Frye in a losing effort at US Airways Center.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Portland are 0-10
After playing LA Lakers are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing LA Clippers are 5-5
After playing Golden State are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

A few Timberwolves at Suns trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Minnesota's last 11 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Minnesota is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 10 games
Phoenix is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Phoenix is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota at Portland, Saturday, March 3
Phoenix home to LA Clippers, Friday, March 2

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