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NBA Matchup - Timberwolves Jazz Odds Preview

Utah JazzMinnesota Timberwolves
14-27January 18, 2014, 08:00 | Target Center18-21

The NBA betting slate features a clash between Minnesota and Utah on Saturday, with the host Timberwolves trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Timberwolves currently sport a record of 18-21, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 20-19 ATS. The Jazz are 14-27 and 20-20-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Timberwolves post a 19-19-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Jazz have gone 20-21 against the number.

View Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds and Stats.

Minnesota opened as -11-point Favorite at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 207 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

The Timberwolves - Jazz odds would favor the Timberwolves if the lines were set according to power ranks. Minnesota is rated No. 4 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Jazz sit at No. 24. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 97-88 win for the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves were a 94-89 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Raptors. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (183) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Timberwolves endured a 94-89 loss at the hands of the Raptors on Friday, despite an 18 -point effort from Kevin Martin at Air Canada Centre.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 2-ranked offense (106.59 PPG) against a Jazz defense that ranks No. 17 at 101 PPG. The Timberwolves have averaged 43.44% from the field per game, less than the Jazz have managed so far this season (44.32% on average).

Next up:
Utah home to Minnesota, Tuesday, January 21st