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Timberwolves vs Bulls NBA Game Preview

Minnesota TimberwolvesChicago Bulls
21-22January 27, 2014, 08:00 | United Center22-21

United Center will feature Bulls vs. Timberwolves action on Monday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Bulls currently sport a record of 22-21, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 20-23 ATS. The Timberwolves are 21-22 and 23-20 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bulls post a 18-25 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Timberwolves have gone 21-20-2 against the number.

View Minnesota Timberwolves vs Chicago Bulls Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Bulls as 2.5-point underdogs in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 196 earlier at GTbets.eu.

This game pits the Bulls, currently No. 12 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Timberwolves, who rate No. 5 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 95-91 victory for the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves were a 115-104 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (219) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Timberwolves got a terrific 30-point performance from Kevin Martin but Portland handed them a 115-104 defeat on Saturday at Rose Garden.

The Bulls were an 89-87 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bobcats. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (176) made winners of UNDER bettors. Chicago got 28 points from D.J. Augustin en route to an 89-87 victory over Charlotte on Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 92.91 PPG, against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 22 at 102.3 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 42.63% so far, less than the Timberwolves shooters have achieved on the year, 43.64% per game.

Next up:
Minnesota home to New Orleans, Wednesday, January 29th
Chicago at San Antonio, Wednesday, January 29th