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Timberwolves visit Suns in hoops battle

Minnesota TimberwolvesPhoenix Suns
March 12, 10:00 PM | US Airways Center

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Phoenix Suns Odds

21-21TEAM RECORD19-21

US Airways Center features an NBA battle between the host Phoenix Suns and the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves in betting action on Monday.

Phoenix battles the Timberwolves, currently with a 21-21 mark (23-19 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 13-25-2 for the Suns and 20-21-1 for the Timberwolves.

View Minnesota vs Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Suns in this one, they're listed as 4-point favorites on the betting line for the contest. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 199 for Monday.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 21-rated Suns and the No. 10-rated Timberwolves in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 97-95 win for the Timberwolves on Monday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Phoenix's No. 16-ranked offense (94.9 PPG) against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 19 at 96.5 PPG. The Suns have averaged 44.9% from the field per game, more than the Timberwolves have managed so far this season (43.3% on average).

Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 17-rated defense on the road, allowing 97.3 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 in the league in scoring at home.

The Timberwolves were a 95-89 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Hornets. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (184) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Timberwolves got a terrific 31-point performance from Kevin Love but New Orleans handed them a 95-89 defeat on Saturday at Target Center.

In their last action, Phoenix was a 98-91 winner at home against the Grizzlies. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (189) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Jared Dudley scored 19 points leading the Suns to a 98-91 victory over Memphis at US Airways Center on Saturday.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Utah are 2-8
After playing New Orleans are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Utah are 6-4
After playing Memphis are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Timberwolves at Suns trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Minnesota's last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games
Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
Phoenix is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 5 games at home
Phoenix is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Phoenix is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota at Utah, Thursday, March 15
Phoenix home to Utah, Wednesday, March 14