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Floundering Wolves Host High-Flying Cavs

Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James

A date with the soaring Cleveland Cavaliers is the last thing a team that’s struggled to find the bottom of the basket wants, but that’s exactly what the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves have on their plate Friday when the Cavs invade the Target Center.

Shark Bites
  • The Timberwolves are 5-22 SU in their last 27 games at home.
  • The Cavaliers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games after a win
  • The Timberwolves are 0-7 SU in their last seven games after losing the previous game.

Minnesota has failed to eclipse the 100 point mark in each of its last nine games while dropping eight of those. The T-Wolves managed only nine points in the fourth quarter of a 78-74 home loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Cleveland took both meetings between the clubs last season, averaging an 18.5 point margin of victory.

The good news for Wolves backers is, for some reason, the Cavs have simply not been able to get the job done on the road against teams with losing records. The wine and gold are a paltry 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 road games versus sub .500 teams.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Minnesota Timberwolves opened as 9.5-point underdogs at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 201 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 102-93 victory for the Cavaliers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Minnesota Timberwolves are 12-24 so far on the NBA season, and 14-21-1 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Cleveland Cavaliers, meanwhile, are 24-9 and 14-18-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Minnesota go 17-18-1 and the Cavaliers go 15-18 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Cleveland injuries news.

The Timberwolves - Cavaliers betting odds would favor the Cavaliers if the lines were set according to power rankings. Minnesota is rated No. 29 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Cleveland Cavaliers sit at No. 4.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers rank No. 7 in the league with 44.94 per game. That compares with Minnesota's No. 22 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Minnesota is the NBA's No. 30-ranked team at 4.92 per game, while the Cleveland Cavaliers rate No. 3 with 10.09 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington was victimized by LeBron James for 34 points as the Cavaliers defeated the Wizards 121-115 in NBA action on Wednesday.

Minnesota suffered a 78-74 loss against Denver on Wednesday, getting 14 points from Karl-Anthony Towns in a losing effort at Target Center.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cleveland's last 9 games
  • Cleveland is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
  • Minnesota is 3-16-1 ATS in its last 20 games at home
  • Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Philadelphia, Sunday, January 10th
Minnesota home to Dallas, Sunday, January 10th