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NBA odds preview - Cavaliers vs. Timberwolves

Cleveland CavaliersMinnesota Timberwolves
3-5November 13, 2013, 08:00 | Target Center5-3

Cleveland travels to Minnesota on Wednesday, hoping to boost its 3-5 mark with a victory over the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves bring a 5-3 record (6-2 ATS) to the battle against the 3-5 Cavaliers, who are 1-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Minnesota go 4-4 so far and the Cavaliers go 2-6. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Timberwolves sat as -8.5-point Favorite. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 201.

The Timberwolves sit at No. 8 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Cavaliers are at No. 28 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Timberwolves will win this game 98-86.

The Cavaliers were a 96-81 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (177) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Cavaliers got 16 points from Kyrie Irving, but it was Chicago that prevailed in a 96-81 final on Monday at United Center.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 109-107 loser on the road against the Clippers. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (216) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Timberwolves got a terrific 30-point performance from Kevin Martin but Los Angeles handed them a 109-107 defeat on Monday at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Minnesota's No. 6-rated squad against Cleveland's No. 14-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Minnesota rates No. 11 in the league with 8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 19 with 7 per outing.

Next up:
Cleveland home to Charlotte, Friday, November 15th
Minnesota at Denver, Friday, November 15th