Nets visit Timberwolves in hoops battle
Brooklyn Nets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds
The Timberwolves will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Nets tip off at Target Center on Wednesday in NBA play.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Timberwolves are 17-21 so far on the season, and 18-19-1 ATS vs. the number. The Nets, meanwhile, are 25-16 and 19-20-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Minnesota go 19-19 and the Nets go 18-23 on the totals.
The Nets were listed as 6-point favorites at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 186 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Timberwolves sit at No. 12 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Nets are at No. 16 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Nets will win this game 97-94.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 24-ranked offense, averaging 94.7 PPG, against a Nets defense that ranks No. 5 at 94.4 PPG. The Timberwolves field goal percentage has averaged 42.9% so far, less than the Nets shooters have achieved on the year, 44.2% per game.
Defensively, the Nets feature the league's No. 5-rated defense on the road, giving up 94.5 points per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 22 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Brooklyn was an 88-85 winner on the road against the Knicks. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (173) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Knicks were burned for 25 points by Joe Johnson on Monday as the Nets picked up an 88-85 win at Madison Square Garden.
Minnesota was a 104-96 loser in its last match on the road against the Hawks. They earned a push of the 8-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 200 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Timberwolves endured a 104-96 loss at the hands of the Hawks on Monday, despite a 17-point effort from Derrick Williams at Philips Arena.
Brooklyn Nets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Memphis are 5-5
After playing New York are 3-7
After a win are 8-2
Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Atlanta are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
A few Nets at Timberwolves trends to consider:
Brooklyn is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Brooklyn is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Brooklyn
Minnesota is 7-0-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Brooklyn
Minnesota is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Brooklyn
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Brooklyn
Brooklyn at Memphis, Friday, January 25
Minnesota at Washington, Friday, January 25