The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors duke it out at the Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have cooled off a bit as they’ve lost three of their last four games and they will be hoping to bounce back in this one after getting thrashed by the Celtics in a 134-112 road loss on Sunday. Anthony Edwards led the team with 24 points and six assists, Karl-Anthony Towns added 19 points with five assists while Jaylen Nowell chipped in with 13 points off the bench. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 53 percent from the field and 14 of 32 from the 3-point line, but they were never in the contest after the Celtics dominated the first half by 72-49. D’Angelo Russell had a night to forget as he scored just four points on one of six shooting from the field and zero of three shooting from the 3-point line.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been in red-hot form as they’ve won nine of their last 11 games and they will be aiming for a fourth straight victory after outlasting the shorthanded Celtics in a 115-112 overtime win on Monday. Pascal Siakam led the team with a career-high 40 points on 17 of 29 shooting, OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet each scored 14 points while Gary Trent Jr chipped in with 12 points. As a team, the Raptors shot 43 percent from the field and 10 of 39 from the 3-point line as they went back and forth with the Celtics in a close contest, until the overtime period where they closed the final 3:02 on a 9-2 run to escape with the hard-fought victory.
Looking at the betting trends, the Timberwolves are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games, 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as a road underdog and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Raptors are 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games, 23-8 ATS in their last 31 games against a team with a winning record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Head to head, the under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings overall, the Timberwolves are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall and the Timberwolves are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Toronto.
The Timberwolves have been in a bit of a rut and they will be eager to come out with a better performance after getting blown off the floor by the Celtics in a bad loss on Sunday. Contrastingly, the Raptors have quietly been one of the hottest teams in the league at the moment and they will be full of confidence after rallying past the shorthanded Celtics in a thrilling overtime win on Monday. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Timberwolves pulled off the upset here, but with the line so short, I have to stick with the red-hot Raptors to get the job done at home.