It’s a battle of Northwest Division foes up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes on the NBA hardwood. The Portland Trail Blazers are on the road as they make the trip to face the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night. Portland fell 126-117 on the road to the Lakers in their last game Wednesday night. Minnesota picked up a 107-100 home win over the Pelicans in their last game Wednesday night. The Trail Blazers own an 82-33 edge in the all-time regular season series and has taken three straight meetings, including a 111-81 romp at home in the first meeting this season on November 4.
Portland Trail Blazers Try to Bounce Back After Road Loss
Portland had a four game win streak coming into Wednesday’s game against the Lakers on the road but couldn’t keep LeBron in check. As a result, the Trail Blazers try to start a new win streak here. Portland led by seven after one quarter but was outscored 33-22 in the second quarter to go down four at the half. Despite their best efforts, the Trail Blazers got no closer than two the rest of the way. Portland shot 44.1 percent from the field in the contest and went 14 of 33 from beyond the arc. The Trail Blazers were led by Damian Lillard, who had 31 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists in the loss. Portland is 3-2 ATS on the road this season while the over is 3-2 in those games.
Highlights from a tough one in LA 🎥 pic.twitter.com/IavHIAxHy1
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) November 15, 2018
The Trail Blazers come into this one 7th in the league in scoring with 115.9 points per game. The Trail Blazers are 1st in the league in rebounding as they collect 51.8 boards a night. Portland is 27th in the league in assists with 20.6 per contest. The Trail Blazers are above average defensively as they come in 7th in the league by allowing 107.6 points a night. Damian Lillard is leading the team in scoring for the Blazers as he puts up 26.4 points per game while dishing out 6.2 assists per contest. CJ McCollum (20.6 points) and Maurice Harkless are both veteran options for the Blazers. Al-Farouq Aminu (eight points, 8.7 rebounds), Jusuf Nurkic (15.7 points, 10.7 rebounds), Meyers Leonard, Nik Stauskas (8.3 points) and Evan Turner (9.4 points, 5.2 rebounds) all contribute solidly on the offensive end for Portland’s attack. Zach Collins (9.9 points), Seth Curry, Jake Layman and Caleb Swanigan have to take a step forward this season. Portland is 10th in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 46.3 percent from the floor. The Trail Blazers are knocking down 11.9 three pointers a night, which is tied for 9th in the league, while ranking tied for 5th in the league by shooting 36.9 percent from downtown.
Minnesota Timberwolves Seek Third Straight Home Win
Minnesota won their second straight at home since announcing the trade of Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia. The Timberwolves try for a third straight win and their second with their new players in the mix here. Minnesota led by 10 after one quarter and by 13 at the half only to fall behind in the fourth quarter. Trailing 96-94 with 4:40 to go, Minnesota reeled off an 11-2 run over the next 2:50 to take control again. The Timberwolves prevailed despite shooting 41.1 percent from the field, including a 14 of 32 showing from beyond the arc, in the win. Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 25 points, 16 rebounds and three steals in the game. Minnesota has gone 5-2 ATS at home this season and the over is 4-3 in those contests.
Wolves looking to close out the Pelicans, get a big sequence here, KAT with the block, Wiggins the flush part of an 11-2 response after NO took the lead, check out tonight's highlight of the night here! pic.twitter.com/p7W4ZY9BUg
— Alan Horton (@WolvesRadio) November 15, 2018
The Timberwolves come into this game 14th in scoring with 110.9 points a game. Minnesota is 21st in rebounding with 43.8 boards a night and 18th in assists by dishing out 22.9 dimes per contest. The Timberwolves are 28th in scoring defense as they allow 116.2 points per game. Karl-Anthony Towns puts up a team leading 20.6 points plus 11.9 rebounds per game, Jeff Teague adds 14.1 points along with 8.1 assists per contest and Andrew Wiggins chips in 17.2 points per night. Derrick Rose (19.2 points, 4.9 assists), Gorgui Dieng and Taj Gibson (11.3 points, 7.1 boards) are off to strong starts for Minnesota. Robert Covington (11.4 points, 5.3 boards), Dario Saric (10.9 points, 6.4 rebounds), Josh Okogie, Tyus Jones and Anthony Tolliver are going to be looked to for crucial minutes for coach Tom Thibodeau. The Timberwolves are 26th in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 43.5 percent from the floor. Minnesota is tied for 15th in the league in threes with 10.9 per game and is tied for 7th in the league in three point shooting as they’ve hit 36.7 percent of their attempts from downtown.
- Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games
- Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss
- Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
- Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
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The Timberwolves may have back to back wins on the ledger but they’ve had a tough time with Portland. The Trail Blazers cruised to a 30 point win less than two weeks ago when the teams met for the first time this season. Portland’s trio of Lillard, McCollum and Nurkic is a tough clash for any team to try and deal with. Minnesota has looked better of late but the fact remains that it’s going to take time for the rotation to jell. Look for the Trail Blazers to grind out a win on the road in this contest.
Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -1.5
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Minnesota has won back to back games as they are free of the headache that was the whole Butler situation. The Timberwolves’ rotation is better suited now with the addition of Covington, who is a force on the defensive side of things, and Saric in the mix. Portland is trying to bounce back after their loss to the Lakers but they are still a game ahead of Oklahoma City and Denver in the Northwest Division entering this contest. Which team comes up with the victory in this division clash?
Portland has seen the under go 7-0 in their last seven against the Northwest Division, 5-0 in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, 7-1 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing straight up record. Minnesota has seen the under go 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest, 6-0 in their last six against Western Conference opponents and 6-1 in their last seven overall. Look for this one to have just enough defense to keep this one under the total.
Prediction: Under 223