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Timberwolves take on Raptors in hoops contest

Minnesota TimberwolvesToronto Raptors
Jan 9, 7:00 PM | Air Canada Centre

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Toronto Raptors Odds


A key NBA battle sees the visiting Timberwolves travelling to Toronto Monday to face the Raptors on Monday.

The Timberwolves will try to spoil to the party on Monday; they are 6-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Raptors are 4-4 ATS. Minnesota is 1-6-1 on the totals; Toronto is 3-5.

View Minnesota vs Toronto Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Raptors in this one, they're listed as 3.5-point favorites on the betting line for the contest. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 190 for Monday.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 17 (Raptors) and the No. 3 (Timberwolves) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 95-87 result in favor of the Timberwolves is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Timberwolves rank No. 2 in the league with 46.5 per game. That compares with Toronto’s No. 19 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Toronto is the NBA’s No. 15-ranked team at 6.2 per game, while the Timberwolves rate No. 4 with 7.9 per contest.

Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 85 points per game. Toronto, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 in the league in scoring at home.

The Timberwolves were a 93-72 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Wizards. They covered the 2.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (165) made winners of UNDER bettors. Minnesota cruised to victory on Sunday, running Washington out of the gym and running up a 93-72 score at Verizon Center.

Toronto lost its last outing, a 97-62 result against the 76ers on January 7. The Raptors failed to cover in that game as a 10-point underdog, while the 159 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Toronto was crushed on Saturday, getting run out of the gym by Philadelphia and falling 97-62 at Wells Fargo Center.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Monday are 1-9
Before playing Chicago are 7-3
After playing Washington are 2-8
After a win are 3-7

Toronto Raptors Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Washington are 2-8
After playing Philadelphia are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

A few Timberwolves at Raptors trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Minnesota is 2-12 ATS in its last 14 games when playing Toronto
Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Toronto is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to Chicago, Tuesday, January 10
Toronto at Washington, Tuesday, January 10