Timberwolves open as NBA underdog vs Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks host Minnesota on Wednesday, looking to build on their 36-37 mark against the 27-46 Timberwolves in NBA action at Bradley Center.
Milwaukee will face the 27-46 Timberwolves, who own a 35-37-1 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Bucks are 38-35 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Timberwolves are 35-37-1 favoring the OVER.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Bucks as 7.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 205, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bucks at No. 13 and the Timberwolves at No. 21 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 97-96 result in favor of the Bucks.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Milwaukee's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 99.3 PPG, against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 15 at 97.9 PPG. The Bucks field goal percentage has averaged 43.7% so far, less than the Timberwolves shooters have achieved on the year, 43.9% per game.
Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 17-rated defense on the road, giving up 100.7 points per game. Milwaukee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 110-100 winner as they battled the Celtics at home. The Timberwolves covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite, while 210 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Minnesota got 29 points from Nikola Pekovic en route to a 110-100 victory over Boston on Monday at Target Center.
Milwaukee won its last outing, a 131-102 result against the Bobcats on April 1. The Bucks covered in that game as a 12.5-point favorite, while the 233 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Bucks blew out Charlotte on Monday, running up the score in a 131-102 win at Bradley Center.
Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a win are 0-10
Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing New York are 3-7
After playing Charlotte are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
A few Timberwolves at Bucks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing Milwaukee
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
Milwaukee is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 7 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota home to Toronto, Friday, April 5
Milwaukee at New York, Friday, April 5