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NBA odds preview - Trail Blazers vs. Timberwolves

Portland Trail BlazersMinnesota Timberwolves
Jan 5, 8:00 PM | Target Center

Portland Trail Blazers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds

17-15TEAM RECORD15-14

The Timberwolves will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Trail Blazers tip off at Target Center on Saturday in NBA play.

Supporters of the Trail Blazers have seen them go 17-15 and 14-17-1 ATS so far this season, while the Timberwolves are at 15-14 and 16-13 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Timberwolves are 14-15, while the Trail Blazers are 14-18.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Timberwolves rated this week at No. 7 and the Trail Blazers sitting at No. 22. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 97-94 result in favor of the Timberwolves today.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 95.4 PPG, against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 21 at 98.7 PPG. The Timberwolves field goal percentage has averaged 43% so far, less than the Trail Blazers shooters have achieved on the year, 43.8% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Trail Blazers own the league's No. 21-rated mark, allowing 101 points per game when playing on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 21 in scoring on their home court.

Portland won its last outing, an 86-84 result against the Grizzlies on January 4. The Trail Blazers covered in that game as an 8-point underdog, while the 170 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Portland got 21 points from Wesley Matthews en route to an 86-84 victory over Memphis on Friday at FedExForum.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 101-97 winner as they battled the Nuggets on the road. The Timberwolves covered in the match as an 8-point underdog, while 198 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Minnesota got 17 points from Alexey Shved en route to a 101-97 victory over Denver on Thursday at Pepsi Center.

Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Orlando are 9-1
After playing Memphis are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Atlanta are 4-6
After playing Denver are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few Trail Blazers at Timberwolves trends to consider:
Portland is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Portland's last 9 games when playing Minnesota
Portland is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing Portland
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games
Minnesota is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing at home against Portland

Next up:
Portland home to Orlando, Monday, January 7
Minnesota home to Atlanta, Tuesday, January 8