NBA Odds, Game Preview & Expert Pick: Minnesota at Cleveland

NBA Odds, Game Preview & Expert Pick: Minnesota at Cleveland

Written by on February 7, 2018

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a free fall the likes of which James has probably never seen in his entire career. The Minnesota Timberwolves are blossoming before our very eyes this season, Now, with both clubs heading in opposite directions, NBA betting buffs need to know if James and company can avoid another loss against Karl Anthony Towns and the young T-Wolves, regarding of what the latest NBA odds indicate.Let’s find out right now!

Timberwolves vs. Cavaliers NBA Odds, Game Preview & Expert Pick

  • When: Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 790 AM (Minnesota) / 1100 AM (Cleveland)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Odds: Minnesota Timberwolves -4 (Over/Under at 223 points)

Team Records

  • All: Minnesota Timberwolves 34-22 / Cleveland Cavaliers 30-22
  • Home: Minnesota Timberwolves 22-6 / Cleveland Cavaliers 19-7
  • Away: Minnesota Timberwolves 12-16 / Cleveland Cavaliers 11-15
  • ATS: Minnesota Timberwolves 28-26-2 / Cleveland Cavaliers 14-37-1
  • Over/Under: Minnesota Timberwolves 28-27-1 / Cleveland Cavaliers 25-25-2

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Recent Head to Head (Last10 Games)

  • Record: Cleveland Cavaliers lead 7-3
  • Score: Minnesota Timberwolves 104.80 / Cleveland Cavaliers 109.00
  • Field Goal Percentage: Minnesota Timberwolves 49.12 / Cleveland Cavaliers 46.64
  • Rebounds: Minnesota Timberwolves 42.10 / Cleveland Cavaliers 40.90
  • 3 Point Shots: Minnesota Timberwolves 102-278 / Cleveland Cavaliers 71-197
  • Steals: Minnesota Timberwolves 7.30 / Cleveland Cavaliers 8.70

Why Consider the Timberwolves NBA Odds?

Why should you consider betting on Minnesota in this mid-week matchup? Well, because the Timberwolves are younger and hungrier and already beat the hell out of the Cavs once this season. The Timberwolves have won two straight and come into tonight’s contest off an emphatic 118-107 smackdown over New Orleans on Saturday and even more convincing 108-89 beatdown of Milwaukee two days prior to that.Jimmy Butler led the way against the Pelicans with a team-high 30 points while adding eight rebounds and seven assists while Karl-Anthony Towns added 22 points with 16 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins and Tyler Jones both added 15 points as Minnesota shot a blistering 50 percent from the field and 10 of 21 from beyond the arc.Minnesota also embarrassed Cleveland 127-99 on Jan. 8 in a game that saw LeBron James held to just 10 points while Minnesota got a team-high 25 points from Wiggins, 21 points from Butler and 19 from Towns that day.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 109.02
  • Field Goal Percentage: 47.79
  • Three-Point Percentage: 35.31
  • Free Throw Percentage: 79.37
  • Total Rebounds: 41.79
Defense 
  • Total Score: 105.68
  • Field Goal Percentage: 47.60
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.45
  • Free Throw Percentage: 78.61
  • Total Rebounds: 41.34

Why Consider the Cavaliers NBA Odds?

Why should you consider betting on Cleveland in this contest? Well, because they’re completely and utterly desperate and are playing at home.Despite playing at home, the Cavs come in as the NBA Odds underdog.The Cavs have been totally embarrassed in each of their last two games by losing to Houston 120-88 in a nationally-televised affair on Saturday before getting smacked around by Orlando 116-98 on Tuesday. Cleveland got 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists from James and a dozen points apiece from Tristan Thompson and JR Smith. However, they also blew a 21-point lead and gave up a game-high 34 points to Magic forward Jonathan Simmons.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 108.96
  • Field Goal Percentage: 46.87
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.08
  • Free Throw Percentage: 79.79
  • Total Rebounds: 41.71
Defense 
  • Total Score: 109.67
  • Field Goal Percentage: 47.53
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.65
  • Free Throw Percentage: 73.45
  • Total Rebounds: 44.52

Latest NBA Betting Trends

  • Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 2-13 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Cleveland is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 5 games when playing Minnesota

Expert Analysis and Prediction

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are a complete mess right now and I just don’t see them beating a Minnesota Timberwolves team that is blossoming and growing in confidence right now. The Cavs looked completely and utterly dysfunctional in their embarrassing 120-88 nationally-televised home loss to Houston on Saturday while Minnesota has won two straight by double digits including their 118-107 win over New Orleans on Saturday.The Cavaliers are 16-35-2 ATS in their last 53 home games and a nearly winless 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. Minnesota has gone 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The T-Wolves have lost four straight on the road, but I smell an upset brewing in this one.Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves 112 – Cleveland Cavaliers 107
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