Hornets vs. Timberwolves Prediction
Will the Minnesota Timberwolves stay tough at home when they welcome the Charlotte Hornets to town tonight at 8PM ET?
509 Charlotte Hornets at 510 Minnesota Timberwolves
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
8PM ET – Target Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Minnesota is favored at home, as the Timberwolves are getting odds of -5 points against the Hornets. The over/under total for the game is listed at 220.5 points. The public betting currently has 73 percent going on the Timberwolves at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Hornets lose back-to-back
The Charlotte Hornets have lost back-to-back games at home to the Jazz and Pelicans coming into tonight. The Hornets are now 11-12 overall, 3-7 on the road, 14-9 against the spread and 12-11 with the under. They have failed to cover in their last two.
Charlotte has been steady on offense this year, averaging 114.4 points per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. Defensively, the Hornets are allowing 110.7 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 45.9 percent from the floor. Kemba Walker is leading the team with 26.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game. Jeremy Lamb is adding 15.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest.
T’Wolves hitting their stride
Minnesota is coming off a 103-91 win at home over Houston. The Timberwolves have now won five of their last six games. They come into tonight 12-12 overall, 10-4 at home, 13-11 against the spread and 16-8 with the under. Minnesota has covered in five of its last six as well.
The Timberwolves have averaged just 109.5 points per game on offense, but they do shoot 36.4 percent from the arc. Defensively, Minnesota is giving up 109.7 points per game and allowing 46.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 25th in the NBA. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.7 points and 12.0 rebounds to lead Minnesota while Derrick Rose is having a resurgent year with 18.4 points and 4.4 assists per game.
NBA Betting Trends
The Hornets are 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 games following a loss, but 4-11 ATS in their last 15 against Western Conference opponents.
The Timberwolves have covered in five straight against losing teams and in eight of their last 11 at home.
Minnesota finally seems to be playing up to its potential. The Timberwolves got rid of Jimmy Butler and now seem to be playing like a team behind the effort of Derrick Rose. Charlotte has been streaky, but they have lost their last three on the road and I expect the struggles to continue against this Minnesota team that is trying to make a push to get thick into the playoff picture.
NBA Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves -5