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Timberwolves take on Suns in hoops contest

Minnesota TimberwolvesPhoenix Suns
March 22, 10:00 PM | US Airways Center

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Phoenix Suns Odds

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The Suns will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the Timberwolves at US Airways Center in NBA wagering action.

Phoenix will face the 23-43 Timberwolves, who own a 30-35-1 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Suns are 30-37-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Timberwolves are 30-35-1 favoring the OVER.

View Minnesota vs Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Suns installed as 4.5-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 193.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 29-rated Suns and the No. 21-rated Timberwolves in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 93-91 win for the Timberwolves on Friday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Phoenix's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 94.4 PPG, against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 15 at 97.9 PPG. The Suns field goal percentage has averaged 44.1% so far, more than the Timberwolves shooters have achieved on the year, 43.4% per game.

Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 18-rated defense on the road, giving up 101.6 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 101-98 loser as they battled the Kings on the road. The Timberwolves covered in the match as a 6-point underdog, while 199 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Nikola Pekovic scored 18 points in a failed effort to lead the Timberwolves to victory (they lost 101-98 to Sacramento at Power Balance Pavilion on Thursday).

The Suns were an 88-79 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Wizards. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (167) made winners of UNDER bettors. Phoenix suffered an 88-79 loss against Washington on Wednesday, getting 18 points from Wes Johnson in a losing effort at US Airways Center.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
Before playing Chicago are 6-4
After playing Sacramento are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Brooklyn are 5-5
After playing Washington are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few Timberwolves at Suns trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota's last 10 games
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 when playing on the road against Phoenix
Minnesota is 5-12-1 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Phoenix's last 8 games at home
Phoenix is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Phoenix is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 7 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to Chicago, Sunday, March 24
Phoenix home to Brooklyn, Sunday, March 24