Timberwolves vs. Pistons Pick
Will the Detroit Pistons be able to defend their home court when they play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at 7:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Pistons are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -4.5 points against the Timberwolves. The over/under total for the game is listed at 210.5 points. The Pistons have won and covered the spread in their last three meetings with Minnesota, including a 117-90 win in Minnesota on Dec. 9.
The Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak on Wednesday night with a 118-98 win over the Pelicans at home. Detroit is now 22-27 on the season while going 13-10 at home. The Pistons are also 22-27 against the spread on the season. The Pistons average just 101.1 points per game on offense this season while allowing 101.8 per game on defense. At home, Detroit is holding opponents to 98.6 per game while scoring 102.8. Tobias Harris has been the leading scorer this season with 16.7 per game while Reggie Jackson adds 16.6. Andre Drummond adds 14.6 points and 13.6 rebounds per game.
Minnesota is coming off a 125-97 loss at Cleveland, but the Timberwolves have won five of their last seven to get to 19-30 on the season. The T’Wolves are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six and sit at 22-27 ATS on the season. Minnesota is allowing 105.1 points per game this season while averaging 104 on offense. On the road, the T’Wolves are giving up 107.6 per game while scoring just 102 on offense. Karl-Anthony Towns is putting up 23 points and 11.9 rebounds per game to lead the team while Andrew Wiggins adds 22.1 points per game.
The Timberwolves have been on a nice run over the last few weeks, but they have also been beating up on bad teams. While Detroit isn’t a good team, I think the Pistons are a tough team to beat on their home floor. The Pistons had a nice win over the Pelicans at home two days ago and I think they will build on that tonight against this top-heavy Minnesota team.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: DETROIT PISTONS -4.5