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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Saturday when the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers meet at Rose Garden.

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.

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.

Minnesota:
Team record: 20-35 SU, 25-29-1 ATS
Current streak: lost 4 straight games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of last 5 games when playing Portland
The total has gone OVER in 7 of last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of last 7 games

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:
Team record: 26-31 SU, 25-30-2 ATS

The total has gone OVER in 5 of last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Minnesota
is 20-2 SU in its last 22 games when playing Minnesota

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

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