The Portland Trail Blazers continue to get the job done when it matters the most, as Damian Lillard and company are inching closer to clinching the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference thanks to a season-best six-game winning streak. The Blazers will take their show on the road tonight when they do battle with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA’s only game of the night. Sportsbooks opened the Wolves as 1-point underdogs with a total of 216.5.
– Shark Bites
- The total has gone UNDER in the Trail Blazers’ last four games against the Timberwolves.
- The Timberwolves are 4-0 SU in their last four games at home after losing their most recent home game.
- The total has gone OVER in eight of the Timberwolves’ last 10 games.
Portland reached the .500 mark for the first time this year in the wake of Sunday’s 130-117 win over the Phoenix Suns and moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the Denver Nuggets for the eighth and final playoff spot. Lillard put the team on his back in the month of March, averaging 29.1 points while leading his squad to a sizzling 13-3 SU record. The point guard poured in 31 against Phoenix on the weekend.
The Timberwolves have been out of the postseason chase for the better part of a month and squandered a chance at a three-game winning streak on Saturday by letting the lowly Sacramento Kings shoot 56.4 percent from the floor in a 123-117 setback. Point guard Ricky Rubio went 1-of-10 from the field in that game but still logged his third straight double-double with 11 points and 13 assists.
Portland has owned this series over the years, claiming six of the last seven clashes with Minnesota including a 95-89 win on January 1. The Blazers are a sizzling 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games – good enough to make them the best bet in the Association at the moment.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The visiting Portland Trail Blazers betting line opened this morning as -1-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds – Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 216.5 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.
Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 115-106 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.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 30-45 so far on the NBA season, and 34-41 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Portland Trail Blazers, meanwhile, are 38-38 and 36-40 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Minnesota go 39-35-1 and the Trail Blazers go 41-34-1 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Portland injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 17 (Minnesota Timberwolves) and the No. 4 (Trail Blazers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA betting Power Rankings at Odds – Shark.
The game also pits Minnesota’s No. 15-ranked offense averaging 105.39 PPG, against a Portland Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 26 at 109.12 PPG. The Minnesota Timberwolves field goal percentage has averaged 46.69% so far, more than the Portland Trail Blazers shooters have achieved on the year, 46.17% per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Phoenix was victimized by Damian Lillard for 31 points as the Trail Blazers defeated the Suns 130-117 in NBA action on Saturday.
Minnesota got 32 points from Andrew Wiggins en route to a 123-117 loss at the hands of Minnesota on Saturday at Target Center.
- Portland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Portland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland’s last 7 games
- Portland is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Minnesota is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
- Minnesota is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games
- Minnesota is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Portland at Utah, Tuesday, April 4th
Minnesota at Golden State, Tuesday, April 4th