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Grizzlies vs Timberwolves Preview

Minnesota TimberwolvesMemphis Grizzlies
11-12December 15, 2013, 06:00 | FedExForum10-12

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Timberwolves travelling to Memphis Sunday to face the Grizzlies on Sunday.

The Grizzlies bring a 10-12 record (6-15-1 ATS) to the battle against the 11-12 Timberwolves, who are 12-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Memphis go 11-11 so far and the Timberwolves go 11-12. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Grizzlies sat as 1.5-point underdogs. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 196.5.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 23-rated Grizzlies and the No. 5-ranked Timberwolves, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 96-89 result in favor of the Timberwolves.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 117-110 loser as they battled the Spurs on the road. The Timberwolves covered in the match as an 8.5-point underdog, while 227 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Minnesota got 42 points from Kevin Love en route to a 117-110 loss at the hands of Minnesota on Friday at AT&T Center.

In their last action, Memphis was a 104-98 loser on the road against the Pelicans. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (202) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Memphis got 19 points from Jon Leuer but lost anyway 104-98 against the Pelicans on Friday at New Orleans Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Memphis's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 93.73 PPG, against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 26 at 102.09 PPG. The Grizzlies field goal percentage has averaged 45.1% so far, more than the Timberwolves shooters have achieved on the year, 42.43% per game.

A few Timberwolves at Grizzlies trends to consider:
Minnesota is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Minnesota is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games
Minnesota is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Memphis is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Memphis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Memphis is 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Memphis is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota at Boston, Monday, December 16th
Memphis home to Los Angeles, Tuesday, December 17th