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Timberwolves vs Jazz NBA Game Preview

Minnesota TimberwolvesUtah Jazz
26-28February 22, 2014, 09:00 | EnergySolutions Arena19-35

The Utah Jazz host Minnesota on Saturday, looking to build on their 19-35 mark against the 26-28 Timberwolves in NBA action at EnergySolutions Arena.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Jazz are 19-35 so far on the season, and 26-27-1 ATS vs. the number. The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are 26-28 and 28-26 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Utah go 24-30 and the Timberwolves go 24-27-3 on the totals.

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This game pits the Jazz, currently No. 22 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Timberwolves, who rate No. 9 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 97-87 victory for the Timberwolves.

Minnesota was a 104-91 winner in its last match at home against the Pacers. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 195 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Timberwolves got a 42-point performance from Kevin Love as Minnesota handed Indiana a 104-91 defeat on Wednesday at Target Center.

Utah lost its last outing, a 102-94 result against the Trail Blazers on February 21. The Jazz covered in that game as an 8.5-point underdog, while the 196 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Utah got 25 points and 10 rebounds from Enes Kanter in a losing cause in a 102-94 loss to Portland on Friday at Rose Garden.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Timberwolves rank No. 3 in the league with 45.7 per game. That compares with Utah’s No. 24 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Utah is the NBA’s No. 23-ranked team at 6.69 per game, while the Timberwolves rate No. 16 with 7.52 per contest.

Next up:
Minnesota at Portland, Sunday, February 23rd
Utah home to Boston, Monday, February 24th