The Philadelphia 76ers (10-9) will host the Minnesota Timberwolves (9-10) on Saturday night. The 76ers are 9-9-1 ATS this season and 4-4 overall at home. The Timberwolves are 9-10 against the spread and 3-3 on the road.
Timberwolves have a quick turnaroundThe Minnesota Timberwolves had their five-game winning streak snapped on Friday in a 133-115 loss as a two-point underdog to the Charlotte Hornets. Minnesota shot 45% from the field and made 11 of 35 (31.4%) threes in the loss. The Charlotte Hornets shot 55.7% from the floor and had a huge game beyond the arc knocking down 23 of 40 (57.5%) threes. Karl Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 25 points in the loss.
the streak ends at 5. pic.twitter.com/O4Jh2Zjr8c— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) November 27, 2021
Minnesota is averaging 107.8 ppg on the season, shooting 42.5% from the floor and 33.4% from three. Karl Anthony-Towns leads the team with 22.8 ppg 9.0 rebounds, followed by Anthony Edwards with 22.2 ppg. DeAngelo Russell averages 18.4 ppg and leads the team with 5.6 assists per contest.
76ers expecting Embiid back on SaturdayThe Philadelphia 76ers have lost seven of their last nine games, and are coming off a 116-96 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Injuries and illness to the team's top two leading scorers, and off-court issues involving Ben Simmons have been a cause for a lot of the 76ers early struggles. Joel Embiid (21.4 ppg, 9.6 rebounds) has already missed 10 games this season, and the team is only 3-7 without him. Tobias Harris (20.6 ppg, 8.3 rebounds) has missed nine games so far and the 76ers are 5-4 without him. Amongst players who have not missed a game, point guard Tyrese Maxey has emerged in Simmon's absence to become a leading scorer averaging 18.7 points and 4.6 assists per game
Philly is averaging 107.1 ppg, shoots 46.5% from the field and 36.4% from three. The 76ers are second in the NBA making 82.7% of their free-throws, led by Seth Curry who is shooting 92.9% from the line and averaging 15.9 ppg. On defense the 76ers are in the middle of the pack allowing 106.2 ppg, and fourth with 5.9 blocks per contest.
Joel Embiid is expected to play on Saturday, but Tobias Harris is questionable with hip soreness.
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Full-Game Side Bet
Minnesota has been playing better than Philadelphia lately, but the 76ers have had two days off since coming off a six-game road trip. Philadelphia is also expected to have Joel Embiid back in the lineup, and they have been a much better team when he has played.
Minnesota will be playing for the second straight day, and are coming off a fast-paced, high-scoring game with Charlotte, so expect fatigue to be a factor.
Since last season, Philadelphia has covered the spread in 59.5% (25-17-1) of their home games, and Minnesota has only covered the spread in 40% (14-21-2) of their games as a road underdog. Take the 76ers to cover.
Full-Game Total Pick
Philadelphia plays at the slowest pace in the NBA but has still combined for an average of 213.3 ppg with their opponents. Minnesota plays at the 11th fastest pace and should be able to speed things up enough for a few extra possession for Philly. Timberwolves have scored at least 110 points in each of their last five games while averaging 118.2 ppg over that span. The 76ers are averaging 110.9 ppg when Embiid has played this season. With the total set at 215.5, I will take the over as I expect to see these teams combined for at least 220 points.