One NBA Total to Bet Thursday
There's only four games on the NBA slate for Thursday night and if you're looking at the betting totals, there's one over/under that provides plenty of value.
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager, the Trail Blazers are 5-point home favorites to beat the Timberwolves while the total currently sits at 217.5 points.
Both the side and total have moved off the original numbers posted by oddsmakers. Portland opened as a 6-point home favorite before the line was bet down in favor of Minnesota, while the over/under went from 218.5 down to 217.5.
As of this writing, 56% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Trail Blazers to cover the point spread. Meanwhile, 86% of the betting tickets are on the over.
KEY INJURY TO WATCH
The only injury impacting either team is Jimmy Butler, who is out with a knee injury for the Timberwolves.
Without Butler, the Timberwolves scored 122 points against Chicago and 118 in Sacramento. They're going to face a much stiffer test tonight, however, as the Trail Blazers rank in the top-10 defensively. Portland does an excellent job protecting the rim and without Butler, I see Minnesota struggling offensively for the first time since his absence. The under is 7-1-1 in the last nine meetings between these two teams in Portland.
OUR PREDICTION: TIMBERWOLVES/TRAIL BLAZERS UNDER 217.5