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Cavs & Timberwolves Have a Habit of Going OVER Totals

The Minnesota Timberwolves have struggled against Eastern Conference opponents lately, and things won’t get any easier as a date with the Cleveland Cavaliers looms on Monday.

Xbet opened the Wolves as 1.5-point home underdogs with a total of 214.

Shark Bites
  • The Cavaliers are 1-8 ATS in their last nine games after a win.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Cavaliers’ last eight games on the road against teams with winning records.
  • The Timberwolves are 6-2 SU in their last eight games against teams with winning records.

Minny suffered setbacks to Milwaukee, Brooklyn and Boston in the last week and a half but took out their frustrations on the New Orleans Pelicans in a 116-98 triumph on Friday. The Timberwolves have held their last five opponents to under 100 points and have fared well on the other end of the floor thanks to a 48.9 percent shooting effort vs the Pelicans.

Cleveland is working Isaiah Thomas into the lineup right now, and the diminutive point guard scored 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 21 minutes of play in his first start in a 131-127 win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday. LeBron James was his usual dominant self in that game, as the superstar fell an assist shy of a triple-double while notching 33 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and six steals in his first 30-point performance of 2018.

OVER bettors are profiting in a big way when the Cavs and Timberwolves meet, as the OVER is 4-0 in the last four between the squads.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Oddsmakers at BetOnline opened the Minnesota Timberwolves as 2.5-point underdogs in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 218 earlier at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 108-100 result in favor of the Timberwolves. 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 Cleveland Cavaliers will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 12-26-1 versus the spread this season, while the Minnesota Timberwolves are 18-21-2 ATS. Cleveland is 19-19-1 against the points scored total betting line, while Minnesota is 20-20-1 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Cleveland injuries news.

The power rankings show the Timberwolves rated this week at No. 6 and the Cavaliers sitting at No. 5.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers rank No. 20 in the league with 41.95 per game. That compares with Minnesota's No. 23 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Minnesota is the NBA's No. 29-ranked team at 7.95 treys per game, while the Cleveland Cavaliers rate No. 2 with 12.49 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

LeBron James poured in 33 points for Cleveland on Saturday, as they defeated Orlando 131-127 at Amway Center.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 21 points and chipped in with 16 rebounds for Minnesota on Saturday, leading the Timberwolves to a 116-98 victory over New Orleans at Target Center.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Cleveland is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
  • Cleveland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Minnesota is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 3-10-1 ATS in its last 14 games at home
  • Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Toronto, Thursday, January 11
Minnesota home to Oklahoma City, Wednesday, January 10

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