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Timberwolves home to Cavaliers in NBA betting action

Cleveland CavaliersMinnesota Timberwolves
Jan 6, 8:00 PM | Target Center

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds

3-3TEAM RECORD2-4

The Timberwolves will be trying to slam the Cavaliers on Friday when the teams tip off at Target Center in NBA betting action.

The Timberwolves currently sports a record of 2-4, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-1 ATS. The Cavaliers are 3-3 and 4-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Timberwolves post a 1-4-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Cavaliers have gone 3-3 against the number.

View Cleveland vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Cavaliers are listed as 7-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, with the total listed at 197.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 1 (Timberwolves) and the No. 21 (Cavaliers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 99-98 result in favor of the Cavaliers is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 8-ranked offense (97.8 PPG) against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 15 at 94.3 PPG. The Timberwolves have averaged 45.2% from the field per game, more than the Cavaliers have managed so far this season (43.9% on average).

Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 5-rated defense on the road, allowing 93 points per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 92-77 loser on the road against the Raptors. They failed to cover the 5–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (169) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Cavaliers endured a 92-77 loss at the hands of the Raptors on Wednesday, despite a 19-point effort from Antawn Jamison at Air Canada Centre.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 90-86 loser at home against the Grizzlies. They failed to cover the 4.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (176) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Kevin Love scored 27 points and added 14 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 90-86 against Memphis in NBA action at Target Center.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Portland are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Washington are 4-6
After playing Memphis are 2-8
After a loss are 1-9

A few Cavaliers at Timberwolves trends to consider:
Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Cleveland is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cleveland's last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Minnesota is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Portland, Sunday, January 8
Minnesota at Washington, Sunday, January 8

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