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NBA odds preview - Raptors vs. Timberwolves

Toronto RaptorsMinnesota Timberwolves
34-26March 09, 2014, 07:00 | Target Center31-30

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Raptors travelling to Minnesota Sunday to face the Timberwolves on Sunday.

The Raptors will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 36-23-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Timberwolves are 32-29 ATS. Toronto is 30-30 against the total, while Minnesota is 27-30-4 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Toronto Raptors vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 4.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 207 at BetOnline and other shops.

The Timberwolves - Raptors odds would favor the Raptors if the lines were set according to power ranks. Minnesota is rated No. 14 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Raptors sit at No. 7. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 99-97 win for the Timberwolves.

In their last action, Toronto was a 99-87 winner at home against the Kings. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (186) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Terrence Ross scored 18 points leading the Raptors to a 99-87 victory over Sacramento at Air Canada Centre on Friday.

Minnesota was a 114-101 winner in its last match at home against the Pistons. They covered the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 215 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Detroit was victimized for 28 points and 14 rebounds by Kevin Love as the Timberwolves defeated the Pistons 114-101 in NBA action on Friday.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Minnesota's No. 2-rated squad against Toronto's No. 16-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Minnesota rates No. 17 in the league with 7.43 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 10 with 8.37 per outing.

A few Raptors at Timberwolves trends to consider:
Toronto is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games
Toronto is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Minnesota is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 10 games at home
Minnesota is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Toronto

Next up:
Toronto at Brooklyn, Monday, March 10th
Minnesota home to Milwaukee, Tuesday, March 11th