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Milwaukee Bucks vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds
The Bucks will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Timberwolves in Minnesota at Target Center on Friday in NBA action.
The Bucks will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 6-7 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Timberwolves are 8-6 ATS. Milwaukee is 6-7 against the total, while Minnesota is 7-7 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Timberwolves at No. 17 and the Bucks at No. 16 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 97-95 result in favor of the Timberwolves.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 27-ranked offense (92.3 PPG) against a Bucks defense that ranks No. 17 at 98.5 PPG. The Timberwolves have averaged 42.2% from the field per game, less than the Bucks have managed so far this season (45.3% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Bucks own the league's No. 11-rated mark, allowing 97 points per game when playing on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 26 in scoring on their home court.
The Bucks were a 102-88 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Knicks. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (190) made winners of UNDER bettors. Brandon Jennings scored 18 points in a failed effort to lead the Bucks to victory (they lost 102-88 to New York at Bradley Center on Wednesday).
The Timberwolves were a 101-95 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Clippers. They covered the 9-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (196) made winners of OVER bettors. Kevin Love scored 19 points in a failed effort to lead the Timberwolves to victory (they lost 101-95 to Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on Wednesday).
Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing New York are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5
Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After playing LA Clippers are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6
A few Bucks at Timberwolves trends to consider:
Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Milwaukee's last 14 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Milwaukee's last 22 games on the road
Milwaukee is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Minnesota's last 14 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
Milwaukee home to Boston, Saturday, December 1
Minnesota at Philadelphia, Tuesday, December 4