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76ers open as NBA underdog vs Timberwolves

Minnesota TimberwolvesPhiladelphia 76ers
16-17January 06, 2014, 07:00 | Wells Fargo Center12-21

The Philadelphia 76ers host Minnesota on Monday, looking to build on their 12-21 mark against the 16-17 Timberwolves in NBA action at Wells Fargo Center.

The Timberwolves will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 18-15 ATS versus the spread this season, while the 76ers are 15-18 ATS. Minnesota is 17-16 against the total, while Philadelphia is 20-13 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Minnesota Timberwolves vs Philadelphia 76ers Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the 76ers as 7-point underdogs in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 218 earlier at GTbets.eu.

The 76ers sit at No. 27 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Timberwolves are at No. 6 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Timberwolves will win this game 102-91.

The Timberwolves were a 115-111 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score (226) made winners of OVER bettors. Minnesota got 31 points from Nikola Pekovic en route to a 115-111 loss at the hands of Minnesota on Saturday at Target Center.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 101-99 winner as they battled the Trail Blazers on the road. The 76ers covered in the match as a 12.5-point underdog, while 200 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Portland was victimized by Thaddeus Young for 30 points as the 76ers defeated the Trail Blazers 101-99 in NBA action on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Philadelphia's No. 6-rated squad against Minnesota's No. 4-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Philadelphia rates No. 18 in the league with 7.36 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 12 with 7.85 per outing.

Next up:
Minnesota home to Phoenix, Wednesday, January 8th
Philadelphia at Cleveland, Tuesday, January 7th