Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Toronto Raptors, Thursday, NBA Las Vegas Odds, Basketball Betting, Picks and Prediction

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MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES TORONTO RAPTORS
6-15 December 8, 7:00 PM | Air Canada Centre 14-7

When
:
7:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 8, 2016
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
TV: 7 p.m. ET, TNT, Sportsnet (Toronto)
Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
 Minnesota Timberwolves  +8 -110  +290  215  -110
 Toronto Raptors  -8 -110  -350  215  -110
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The fans at Air Canada Centre will be treated to a game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors when they take their seats on Thursday.

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (6-15): The one positive to come out of Wednesday’s setback was the play of rookie point guard Kris Dunn, who scored a season-high 15 points in 17 minutes off the bench. Dunn is 11-of-15 from the floor in the last three games and is putting pressure on starter Ricky Rubio. “Always had minutes, always been the guy to take all the shots,” Dunn told the Pioneer Press. “But now, coming off the bench, I’ve got to get guys involved first, and then try to look for my shot second and just try to make plays and be aggressive at the same time.”

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (14-7):
Center Jonas Valanciunas went 1-for-8 from the floor on Monday and finished with four points to post six or fewer points for the fourth straight game. The Lithuanian big man did not log more than 25 minutes in any of the last five contests, though coach Dwane Casey suggested it was just the matchup that led to increased playing time for backup Lucas Nogueira on Monday. “I thought Lucas (Nogueira) did a little bit better job of guarding (Channing) Frye, which is a hard matchup for any (center) in the league, not just Jonas and Lucas,” Casey told reporters. “He’s really a four playing the five and that’s why we decided to go small, that kind of got us going a little bit toward the end but, again, you give up something.”

A tight loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers sent the Toronto Raptors into a brief tailspin last month, and they hope a second doesn’t lead to the same fate in December. The Raptors will try to bounce back and win for the seventh time in eight games when they host the Timberwolves on Thursday.

Toronto’s 121-117 setback at Cleveland began a stretch of four losses in five games leading into Thanksgiving week before the Raptors settled themselves with seven wins in a row. The team was again not quite up to the level of the defending champions in Monday’s 116-112 home setback, which squandered a chance to move into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference and gave the Cavaliers a leg up in any potential tiebreak scenario. The Timberwolves would like to be seen as a playoff contender as well but dropped eight of their last 10 to drop nine games under .500 after a 105-91 home loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. “You have to stick with your team, you have to understand what your job is, then you have to do your job,” Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters. “When you randomly make it up, the results aren’t going to be good. That’s where we need to grow and improve.”

The Raptors were a 116-112 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Cavaliers. They failed to cover the -2-point spread as favorites, while the total score (228) made winners of OVER bettors.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 105-91 loser as they battled the Spurs at home. The Timberwolves failed to cover in the match as a +4-point underdog, while 196 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

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Minnesota:
Team record: 6-15 SU,6-15 ATS
Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road

Toronto:
Team record: 14-7 SU,14-6-1 ATS
Toronto is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games

Next up:
Minnesota home to Detroit Friday, December 9
Toronto at Boston Friday, December 9

KEY NOTES
1. Minnesota C Karl-Anthony Towns went 3-of-16 from the floor on Tuesday and is 18-of-56 in the last three contests.
2. Raptors PG Kyle Lowry is 27-of-42 from 3-point range in the last six games.
3. The teams split the two meetings last season, with Toronto earning a 114-105 win at home on Feb. 24.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Toronto Raptors will cover the spread at -8 and the game will go over 215 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Raptors 113, Timberwolves 103 at bovada-logo-top-book.betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
MIN TEAM TOR
104.1 PTS FOR 110.9
105.6 PTS AGNST 102.8
-1.5 DIFF. 8.1
30.4 DEF REBOUNDS 31.7
11.9 OFF REBOUNDS 10.6
44.8 FG% 47.7
78.1 FT% 81.5
8.3 3 POINTERS 9.5
8.1 STEALS 9.1
INJURIES
MINNESOTA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
TORONTO
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
MINNESOTA
Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Minnesota is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games when playing Toronto
Minnesota is 2-21 SU in its last 23 games when playing Toronto
Minnesota is 5-18 ATS in its last 23 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Minnesota is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Toronto
TORONTO
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games
Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto’s last 7 games at home
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Toronto is 21-2 SU in its last 23 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 7 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Minnesota’s Overall Scoring vs Toronto’s Overall Defense 104.1 17 102.8 13
Minnesota’s Away Scoring vs Toronto’s Home Defense 102.9 15 98.7 8
Minnesota’s Road Rebounds vs Toronto’s Home Rebounds Allowed 40.9 26 41.7 9
Toronto’s Overall Scoring vs Minnesota’s Overall Defense 110.9 4 105.6 19
Toronto’s Home Scoring vs Minnesota’s Road Defense 110.5 5 108.6 22
Toronto’s Home Rebounds vs Minnesota’s Road Rebounds Allowed 44.8 15 43.4 7
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
Minnesota 44.8 47.2 -2.4
Toronto 47.7 44.9 2.8
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
Minnesota 11.9 30.4 42.3
Toronto 10.6 31.7 42.2
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
Minnesota 22.0 14.1 1.6
Toronto 20.3 11.4 1.8

 

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