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Trail Blazers face Timberwolves: NBA odds preview

Portland Trail BlazersMinnesota Timberwolves
22-4December 18, 2013, 08:00 | Target Center12-13

The Timberwolves will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the Trail Blazers at Target Center in NBA wagering action.

This season the Timberwolves are 12-13 overall and 13-12 ATS against the number, while the Trail Blazers are 22-4 and 18-8 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Minnesota is 11-14 on the OU, and Portland is 19-7.

View Portland Trail Blazers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds and Stats.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Timberwolves rated this week at No. 4 and the Trail Blazers sitting at No. 1. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 103-100 result in favor of the Trail Blazers today.

Last time out for Portland, they were a 119-116 winner as they battled the Cavaliers on the road. The Trail Blazers failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point favorite, while 235 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Damian Lillard poured in 36 points for Portland on Tuesday, as they defeated Cleveland 119-116 at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Timberwolves were a 101-97 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Celtics. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (198) made winners of UNDER bettors. Minnesota got 27 points and 14 rebounds from Kevin Love in a losing cause in a 101-97 loss to Boston on Monday at TD Garden.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Minnesota's No. 7-rated squad against Portland's No. 4-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Minnesota rates No. 11 in the league with 8.16 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 1 with 10.08 per outing.

Next up:
Portland home to Charlotte, Saturday, December 21st
Minnesota at Los Angeles, Friday, December 20th