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Chicago BullsMinnesota Timberwolves
Jan 10, 8:00 PM | Target Center

Chicago Bulls vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds


A key NBA battle sees the visiting Bulls travelling to Minnesota Tuesday to face the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

This season the Timberwolves are 3-6 overall and 6-3 ATS against the number, while the Bulls are 8-2 and 6-4 ATS. As for the totals, Minnesota is 1-7-1 on the OU, and Chicago is 4-6.

View Chicago vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Timberwolves are listed as 7-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, with the total listed at 186.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Timberwolves, currently No. 3 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bulls, who rate No. 4 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 102-94 victory for the Bulls.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 94.9 PPG, against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 2 at 86.6 PPG. The Timberwolves field goal percentage has averaged 43.2% so far, less than the Bulls shooters have achieved on the year, 45.2% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Bulls own the league's No. 12-rated mark, allowing 94.3 points per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 16 in home scoring.

The Bulls were a 92-68 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Pistons. They covered the 14-point spread as favorites, while the total score (160) made winners of UNDER bettors. The battle between the Bulls and Pistons didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Detroit was handed a 92-68 defeat on Monday at United Center.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 97-87 result against the Raptors on January 9. The Timberwolves failed to cover in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 184 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Timberwolves endured a 97-87 loss at the hands of the Raptors on Monday, despite a 16-point effort from J.J. Barea at Air Canada Centre.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Washington are 7-3
After playing Detroit are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing New Orleans are 1-9
After playing Toronto are 1-9
After a loss are 2-8

A few Bulls at Timberwolves trends to consider:
Chicago is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games on the road
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home
Minnesota is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Minnesota's last 16 games when playing at home against Chicago

Next up:
Chicago home to Washington, Wednesday, January 11
Minnesota at New Orleans, Friday, January 13