The Charlotte Hornets (12-8) will host the Minnesota Timberwolves (9-9) on Friday night. Both of these teams are hot coming into this game. The Hornets have won six of their last seven games and two in a row. The Timberwolves are on a five-game winning streak.
Minnesota on 5 game winning streakThe Timberwolves have had an up-and-down season. After winning three of their first four games. Minnesota lost six straight games from October 30-Nov.10, but turned things around since. Minnesota won its fifth straight game on Wednesday 113-101 over the Miami Heat. Anthony Edwards had a terrific game with 33 points and 14 rebounds. Jarred Vanderbilt topped Edwards with 15 rebounds while adding eight points and Malik Beasley had 29 points off the bench.
V8’s motor never stops.— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) November 25, 2021
career-high 15 rebounds last night 🔋 pic.twitter.com/bRvMDqbZxf
Minnesota is averaging 107.4 ppg on the season, shooting 42.4% from the floor and 33.5% from three. Edwards leads the team with 22.8 ppg, followed by Karl Anthony-Towns with 22.7 ppg and a team-best 9.1 rebounds. DeAngelo Russell leads the team with 18.4 ppg and 5.7 assists.
Hornets win second straightThe Charlotte Hornets have been one of the NBA's most exciting young teams this season. On Monday, they took down Washington 109-103 and followed that up with a 106-99 win over Orlando. Terry Rozier led the team with 27 points and six steals in the win, LaMelo Ball had 22 points, and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 21 points off the bench. As a team, the Hornets shot 41.9% from the floor and 29.3% from three.
On the season, the Hornets have got balanced production with five players averaging 13.7 ppg or more. Miles Bridges is averaging a team-high 20.3 ppg, and LaMelo Ball is second averaging 19.9 ppg and leads the team with 7.8 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 2.0 steals. Gordon Hayward is averaging 16.8 ppg, and Terry Rozier is adding 16.7 ppg. Overall the Hornets are fourth in the NBA, averaging 111.9 ppg, 16th shooting 44.9% from the floor, and fifth making 36.4% from three.
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Full-Game Side Bet
Since last season, Minnesota has only covered the spread in 41.2% (14-20-2) of their games as a road underdog, and the Hornets have covered in 58.1% (25-18-1) of their home games. The T-Wolves are also shooting poorly overall and that will come back to haunt them on the road. Both of these teams are playing well, but I will back the home team coming off of Thanksgiving Day with the small spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Hornets and Timberwolves combined for 234 and 237 points in their head-to-head games last season, and I expect to see another high-scoring game when they meet for the first time this season. The Timberwolves have scored at least 110 points in each of their last four games while averaging 119 ppg over that span. Charlotte has been playing most of its games to the under recently, but they are still averaging 111.8 ppg this season, and lead the NBA in field goal attempts per game. I will take the over.