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Pointspread favors Trail Blazers in battle with Timberwolves

Minnesota TimberwolvesPortland Trail Blazers
March 2, 10:00 PM | Rose Garden

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds

20-35TEAM RECORD26-31

The visiting Timberwolves hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Rose Garden against the Trail Blazers.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Trail Blazers currently sports a record of 26-31, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 25-30-2 ATS. The Timberwolves are 20-35 and 25-29-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Trail Blazers post a 30-27 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Timberwolves have gone 27-27-1 against the number.

View Minnesota vs Portland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened this morning as 8.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 196 at BetOnline and other shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Trail Blazers at No. 22 and the Timberwolves at No. 21 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 97-95 result in favor of the Trail Blazers.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Portland's No. 16-ranked offense (97 PPG) against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 16 at 97.7 PPG. The Trail Blazers have averaged 44.2% from the field per game, more than the Timberwolves have managed so far this season (43.5% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Timberwolves own the league's No. 18-rated mark, allowing 101 points per game when playing on the road. Portland, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in scoring on their home court.

Minnesota was a 116-94 loser in its last match on the road against the Lakers. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 210 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Minnesota was run off the court by the Lakers on Thursday as Los Angeles blasted them 116-94 at STAPLES Center.

Last time out for Portland, they were a 111-109 loser as they battled the Nuggets at home. The Trail Blazers covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog, while 220 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Trail Blazers wasted a 26-point performance from Damian Lillard as Denver ran past them 111-109 on Wednesday at Rose Garden.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Miami are 2-8
After playing LA Lakers are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Charlotte are 7-3
After playing Denver are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few Timberwolves at Trail Blazers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Portland
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Portland is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Portland is 20-2 SU in its last 22 games when playing Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to Miami, Monday, March 4
Portland home to Charlotte, Monday, March 4