Jazz vs. Timberwolves Prediction
Will the Utah Jazz be able to cure their road woes tonight when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at 8PM ET?
511 Utah Jazz vs. 512 Minnesota Timberwolves
Wednesday, December 11, 2010
8PM ET – Target Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Utah is the favorite on the road, as the Jazz are getting odds of -1.5 points against the Timberwolves. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 223.5 points. The public betting currently has 61 percent going on Utah as the road favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Jazz can’t get on track
Utah has lost six of its last eight games coming into tonight, including a 104-90 loss at home to Oklahoma City on Monday. The Jazz are 13-11 overall, 4-8 on the road, 9-15 against the spread and 14-10 with the under.
The Jazz have been struggling offensively this season, averaging just 105.9 points per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field. Defensively, Utah is giving up only 106 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot just 44.2 percent from the floor. Donovan Mitchell is leading the team this season with 24.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Rudy Gobert is adding 14.4 points and 13.5 rebounds per contest.
T’Wolves return home
Minnesota wrapped up a four-game road trip on Monday with a loss at Phoenix. The T’Wolves lost all four road games and have lost and failed to cover in five straight overall. Minnesota is now 10-13 on the season, 3-7 at home, 9-13-1 against the spread and 14-9 with the over.
The Timberwolves are putting up 114.6 points per game on offense this year while shooting 44.5 percent from the field. Defensively, Minnesota is giving up 117.4 points per game while opponents shoot 46.1 percent against them. The Timberwolves are being led by Karl-Anthony Towns, who is averaging 26.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Andrew Wiggins is adding 24.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Jazz are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games against a team with a losing home record and 6-0 ATS in their last six following a double-digit loss at home.
The Timberwolves are 0-5 against the spread in their last five home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games as an underdog.
These two have already met twice this season and the road team has won and covered in both meetings. The Jazz have won and covered in three of their last four against Minnesota overall. The Jazz should be strong on paper, but it just hasn’t clicked for a good part of the season. The same can be said about Minnesota, but for years. The Jazz have been losing as of late, but largely against good teams. Minnesota is not in that mold. The home loss to the Thunder should be a wake-up call for the Jazz. They need to get themselves on track before they fall too far behind. Minnesota is a team that won’t defend, so the Jazz should be able to take advantage of that. Gobert can help neutralize Towns in the paint and lead the Jazz to the cover.
NBA Prediction: Utah Jazz -1.5