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Jazz battle vs Timberwolves highlights NBA odds

Minnesota TimberwolvesUtah Jazz
April 12, 9:00 PM | EnergySolutions Arena

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Utah Jazz Odds

29-49TEAM RECORD41-38

The Jazz will try to cover the spread at EnergySolutions Arena on Friday when they get a visit from the Timberwolves in basketball action.

Utah battles the Timberwolves, currently with a 29-49 mark (36-40-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 38-40-1 for the Jazz and 37-40-1 for the Timberwolves. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Jazz as 8-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 198, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Jazz - Timberwolves odds would favor the Jazz if the lines were set according to power ranks. Utah is rated No. 17 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Timberwolves sit at No. 21. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 97-95 win for the Jazz.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Timberwolves rank No. 13 in the league with 42.3 per game. That compares with Utah’s No. 15 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Utah is the NBA’s No. 23-ranked team at 6.2 per game, while the Timberwolves rate No. 28 with 5.4 per contest.

Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 17-rated defense on the road, giving up 101 points per game. Utah, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 111-95 loser as they battled the Clippers on the road. The Timberwolves failed to cover in the match as a 12.5-point underdog, while 206 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Nikola Pekovic scored 20 points in a failed effort to lead the Timberwolves to victory (they lost 111-95 to Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on Wednesday).

The Jazz were a 90-80 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (170) made winners of UNDER bettors. Utah got 19 points from Mo Williams but lost anyway 90-80 against the Thunder on Tuesday at EnergySolutions Arena.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Phoenix are 0-10
After playing LA Clippers are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Oklahoma City are 8-2
After a loss are 4-6

A few Timberwolves at Jazz trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Minnesota's last 16 games when playing Utah
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota's last 10 games when playing on the road against Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games on the road
Minnesota is 8-14-1 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Utah is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Utah's last 16 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Utah's last 10 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to Phoenix, Saturday, April 13
Utah at Minnesota, Monday, April 15