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Timberwolves take on Bobcats in hoops contest

Minnesota TimberwolvesCharlotte Bobcats
Jan 26, 7:30 PM | Time Warner Cable Arena

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Charlotte Bobcats Odds

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Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Saturday when the Bobcats try to run the Timberwolves off the court at Time Warner Cable Arena in pro hoops action.

The Timberwolves will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 18-21-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bobcats are 16-26 ATS. Minnesota is 20-20 against the total, while Charlotte is 21-20-1 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Bobcats as 3.5-point favorites in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 193 earlier at GTbets.eu.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 12-rated Timberwolves taking on the No. 30-rated Bobcats in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 95-89 win for the Timberwolves on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Charlotte's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 95 PPG, against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 11 at 96.7 PPG. The Bobcats field goal percentage has averaged 42.4% so far, less than the Timberwolves shooters have achieved on the year, 43% per game.

Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 18-rated defense on the road, giving up 100.1 points per game. Charlotte, meanwhile, comes in at No. 20 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 114-101 loser as they battled the Wizards on the road. The Timberwolves failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point underdog, while 215 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Minnesota got 18 points from Derrick Williams but lost anyway 114-101 against the Wizards on Friday at Verizon Center.

Charlotte lost its last outing, a 104-92 result against the Hawks on January 23. The Bobcats failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point underdog, while the 196 combined points took the game OVER the total. Charlotte got 27 points from Ramon Sessions en route to a 104-92 loss against Atlanta on Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing LA Clippers are 4-6
After playing Washington are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6

Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Chicago are 4-6
After playing Atlanta are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

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

Next up:
Minnesota home to LA Clippers, Wednesday, January 30
Charlotte at Chicago, Monday, January 28