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NBA Game Preview - Timberwolves underdogs vs Pistons at Detroit

Minnesota TimberwolvesDetroit Pistons
April 19, 7:30 PM | The Palace of Auburn Hills

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Detroit Pistons Odds

25-38TEAM RECORD23-39

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Minnesota when they hit take on the Pistons on Thursday in pro hoops betting action.

The Pistons sport records of 23-39 and 30-31-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Timberwolves sit at 25-38 and 31-31-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 36-26 for the Pistons and 30-31-2 for the Timberwolves.

View Minnesota vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back the visiting Timberwolves before tip-off in this one will find them as 5.5-point underdogs, while the total sits at 196.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Pistons - Timberwolves odds would favor the Timberwolves if the lines were set according to power ranks. Detroit is rated No. 29 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Timberwolves sit at No. 17. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 94-91 win for the Timberwolves.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Detroit's No. 27-rated squad against Minnesota's No. 4-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Detroit rates No. 26 in the league with 4.6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 10 with 7.2 per outing.

Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 28-rated defense on the road, allowing 102.8 points per game. Detroit, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 91-84 loser as they battled the Grizzlies at home. The Timberwolves covered in the match as a 9.5-point underdog, while 175 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. J.J. Barea went off for 28 points and added 5 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Memphis defeated Minnesota, 91-84 at Target Center.

The Pistons were a 116-84 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Hawks. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (200) made winners of OVER bettors. Detroit was run off the court by the Hawks on Wednesday as Atlanta blasted them 116-84 at Philips Arena.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Golden State are 2-8
After playing Memphis are 2-8
After a loss are 0-10

Detroit Pistons Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Toronto are 3-7
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few Timberwolves at Pistons trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing Detroit
Minnesota is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Detroit
Minnesota is 3-9-1 ATS in its last 13 games
Minnesota is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games at home
Detroit is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to Golden State, Sunday, April 22
Detroit home to Toronto, Sunday, April 22