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NBA Game Preview - Wizards underdogs vs Timberwolves at Minnesota

Washington WizardsMinnesota Timberwolves
12-13December 27, 2013, 08:00 | Target Center13-15

Target Center features an NBA battle between the host Minnesota Timberwolves and the visiting Washington Wizards in betting action on Friday.

Supporters of the Wizards have seen them go 12-13 and 14-10-1 ATS so far this season, while the Timberwolves are at 13-15 and 15-13 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Timberwolves are 13-15, while the Wizards are 15-10.

View Washington Wizards vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds and Stats.

The Wizards were listed as 7-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 207 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

It's a betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Timberwolves and the No. 16-ranked Wizards, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 97-93 result in favor of the Timberwolves.

Washington won its last outing, a 106-99 result against the Celtics on December 21. The Wizards covered in that game as a 1.5-point underdog, while the 205 combined points took the game OVER the total. Washington got 27 points from Trevor Ariza en route to a 106-99 victory over Boston on Saturday at TD Garden.

The Timberwolves were a 120-116 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Clippers. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (236) made winners of OVER bettors. Kevin Love chucked in 45 points for Minnesota on Sunday, but they still came up short in losing 120-116 at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Minnesota's No. 4-rated squad against Washington's No. 20-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Minnesota rates No. 13 in the league with 7.93 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 8 with 8.52 per outing.

Next up:
Washington home to Detroit, Saturday, December 28th
Minnesota at Milwaukee, Saturday, December 28th