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Toronto Raptors vs Minnesota Timberwolves in NBA odds tilt

Minnesota TimberwolvesToronto Raptors
18-20January 17, 2014, 07:00 | Air Canada Centre19-18



Toronto will look to improve on its 19-18 record on Friday when they host Minnesota in NBA odds action at Air Canada Centre.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Raptors are 19-18 so far on the season, and 22-15 ATS vs. the number. The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are 18-20 and 20-18 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Toronto go 19-18 and the Timberwolves go 19-18-1 on the totals.

View Minnesota Timberwolves vs Toronto Raptors Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Raptors as -2-point Favorite on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 205.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 11-rated Raptors and the No. 4-ranked Timberwolves, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 98-96 result in favor of the Timberwolves.

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The Timberwolves were a 111-108 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Kings. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (219) made winners of OVER bettors. The Timberwolves got a 27-point performance from Kevin Love, who added 11 rebounds, but Sacramento still ran past Minnesota 111-108 on Wednesday at Target Center.

Toronto lost its last outing, an 88-83 result against the Celtics on January 15. The Raptors failed to cover in that game as a 4-point favorite, while the 171 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Toronto suffered an 88-83 loss against Boston on Wednesday, getting 23 points from DeMar DeRozan in a losing effort at TD Garden.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Timberwolves rank No. 5 in the league with 45.87 per game. That compares with Toronto’s No. 17 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Toronto is the NBA’s No. 13-ranked team at 8 per game, while the Timberwolves rate No. 14 with 7.97 per contest.

Next up:
Minnesota home to Utah, Saturday, January 18th
Toronto home to Los Angeles, Sunday, January 19th

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