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Timberwolves visit Cavaliers in hoops battle

Minnesota TimberwolvesCleveland Cavaliers
3-0November 04, 2013, 07:00 | Quicken Loans Arena1-2

The visiting Timberwolves hope to send their backers to the pay window on Monday as they look to cover the spread at Quicken Loans Arena against the Cavaliers.

Cleveland will face the 3-0 Timberwolves, who own a 2-1 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Cavaliers are 0-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Timberwolves are 2-1 favoring the OVER.

View Minnesota Timberwolves vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

Cleveland opened as -1.5-point Favorite at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 196.5 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cavaliers rated this week at No. 29 and the Timberwolves sitting at No. 10. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 99-84 result in favor of the Timberwolves today.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 109-100 winner on the road against the Knicks. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (209) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Minnesota got 34 points from Kevin Love en route to a 109-100 victory over New York on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Cleveland lost its last outing, an 89-74 result against the Pacers on November 2. The Cavaliers failed to cover in that game as an 8-point underdog, while the 163 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Cavaliers got 17 points from Dion Waiters, but it was Indiana that prevailed in an 89-74 final on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 30-ranked offense (85.33 PPG) against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 18 at 98.67 PPG. The Cavaliers have averaged 38.25% from the field per game, less than the Timberwolves have managed so far this season (42.97% on average).

Next up:
Minnesota at Golden State, Wednesday, November 6th
Cleveland at Milwaukee, Wednesday, November 6th