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Portland Trail BlazersMinnesota Timberwolves
35-15February 08, 2014, 08:00 | Target Center24-26

Portland travels to Minnesota on Saturday, hoping to boost its 35-15 mark with a victory over the Timberwolves.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Timberwolves currently sport a record of 24-26, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 26-24 ATS. The Trail Blazers are 35-15 and 27-23 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Timberwolves post a 23-25-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Trail Blazers have gone 31-18-1 against the number.

View Portland Trail Blazers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds and Stats.

The Timberwolves - Trail Blazers odds would favor the Timberwolves if the lines were set according to power ranks. Minnesota is rated No. 6 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Trail Blazers sit at No. 9. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 101-100 win for the Trail Blazers.

Portland lost its last outing, a 118-113 result against the Pacers on February 7. The Trail Blazers covered in that game as a 6-point underdog, while the 231 combined points took the game OVER the total. Portland got 38 points from Damian Lillard en route to a 118-113 loss at the hands of Portland on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 98-91 loser as they battled the Pelicans on the road. The Timberwolves failed to cover in the match as a 1-point favorite, while 189 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Kevin Love poured in 26 points and chipped in with 19 rebounds in a losing cause for Minnesota on Friday, as the Pelicans rolled to a 98-91 victory over Minnesota at New Orleans Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 3-ranked offense (105.5 PPG) against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 26 at 103.36 PPG. The Timberwolves have averaged 43.66% from the field per game, less than the Trail Blazers have managed so far this season (45.12% on average).

Next up:
Portland home to Oklahoma City, Tuesday, February 11th
Minnesota home to Houston, Monday, February 10th