The Portland Trail Blazers were the hottest team in the NBA throughout late March, but a sudden three-game losing streak at the worst possible time has threatened their playoff hopes. The Blazers, who are one game up on Denver for the eighth and final postseason spot in the Western Conference, tangle with the Minnesota Timberwolves in Oregon tonight. Oddsmakers initially set the Wolves as 6-point road underdogs with a total of 220.
– Shark Bites
- The Timberwolves are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games on the road against the Trail Blazers.
- The Trail Blazers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games.
- The total has gone UNDER in five of the Trail Blazers’ last seven games as favorite.
Minnesota has been out of the playoff hunt for the better part of a month, but don’t tell that to their young guns. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 30 points over the past five games, while Andrew Wiggins has averaged 28 over the last four affairs. Point guard Ricky Rubio has struggled to find his shot in April, going just 9-for-34 from the field in three outings.
The loss of big man Jusuf Nurkic has had a big impact on the Blazers. Nurkic re-energized Portland after coming over in a trade from Denver at the trade deadline, but he’s currently sidelined with a fractured leg.
Portland has absolutely dominated Minnesota at home over the years, claiming 20 of the last 22 meetings between the clubs at Moda Center.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Portland Trail Blazers as -6-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 220 earlier at Bovada.
Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 116-107 result in favor of the Trail Blazers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Portland Trail Blazers Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Portland Trail Blazers bring a 38-40 record (37-41 ATS) to the battle against the 31-46 Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 34-42-1 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen Portland Trail Blazers go 42-35-1 so far and the Minnesota Timberwolves go 41-35-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Portland vs Minnesota injuries news.
The Trail Blazers – Timberwolves betting odds would favor the Trail Blazers if the lines were set according to power rankings. Portland is rated No. 4 in our latest Odds – Shark poll, while the Minnesota Timberwolves sit at No. 17.
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Portland’s No. 17-rated NBA squad against Minnesota’s No. 25-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Portland rates No. 9 in the league with 10.26 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 29 with 7.42 per outing.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Minnesota got 24 points and 24 rebounds from Shabazz Muhammad in a losing cause in a 121-107 loss to Golden State on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.
Portland suffered a 106-87 loss against Utah on Tuesday, getting 25 points from C.J. McCollum in a losing effort at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
- Minnesota is 2-8-1 ATS in its last 11 games
- Minnesota is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 5 games
- Minnesota is 1-6-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
- Portland is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
- Portland is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Portland’s last 9 games
- Portland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Minnesota at Utah, Friday, April 7th
Portland home to Utah, Saturday, April 8th