The Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors meet Sunday in NBA action at the Amalie Arena.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look to snap a four-game losing streak. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 107.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 115.8 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21.8 points and 3.7 assists while Malik Beasley is averaging 21 points and 2.4 assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Anthony Edwards is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game.
The Toronto Raptors need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 114 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Pascal Siakam is averaging 20.6 points and 4.4 assists while Fred VanVleet is averaging 19.8 points and 4.3 rebounds. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Norman Powell is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 82.3 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.2 rebounds per game.
The Timberwolves are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Raptors are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Timberwolves last 4 overall. The over is 8-0 in Raptors last 8 overall. The Timberwolves are 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Toronto and 9-22 ATS in the last 31 meetings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are playing better basketball with the return of Towns, and they’re only losing their last five games by an average of 3.4 points. The Toronto Raptors also look better, but they only win by an average of 3.2 points at home and 5.2 points as a favorite. This seems like too many points to give the Raptors, even if they’re the better team. I’ll take my chances with the Timberwolves and the free buckets.