Pistons visit Timberwolves in NBA clash
Detroit Pistons vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves host Detroit on Saturday, looking to build on their 28-47 mark against the 25-51 Pistons in NBA action at Target Center.
Minnesota will face the 25-51 Pistons, who own a 35-41 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Timberwolves are 35-39-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Pistons are 36-39-1 favoring the OVER.
The visitors opened this morning as 6.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 198 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Timberwolves at No. 21 and the Pistons at No. 25 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 94-92 result in favor of the Timberwolves.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Minnesota's No. 12-rated squad against Detroit's No. 14-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Minnesota rates No. 28 in the league with 5.4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 23 with 6.2 per outing.
Defensively, the Pistons feature the league's No. 18-rated defense on the road, giving up 101 points per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 23 in the league in scoring at home.
The Pistons were a 98-93 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Celtics. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (191) made winners of UNDER bettors. Detroit got 24 points and 17 rebounds from Greg Monroe in a losing cause in a 98-93 loss to Boston on Wednesday at TD Garden.
Minnesota lost its last outing, a 95-93 result against the Raptors on April 5. The Timberwolves failed to cover in that game as a 6-point favorite, while the 188 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Nikola Pekovic scored 24 points in a failed effort to lead the Timberwolves to victory (they lost 95-93 to Toronto at Target Center on Friday).
Detroit Pistons Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Chicago are 5-5
After playing Boston are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8
Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Golden State are 2-8
After playing Toronto are 1-9
After a loss are 7-3
A few Pistons at Timberwolves trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Detroit's last 9 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games
Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Detroit is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Minnesota's last 15 games at home
Detroit home to Chicago, Sunday, April 7
Minnesota at Golden State, Tuesday, April 9