Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Chicago Bulls, Tuesday, Las Vegas Odds, NBA Sports Betting Lines, Picks and Prediction

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MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES CHICAGO BULLS
6-18 December 13, 8:00 PM | United Center 13-10

When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, FSN North (Minnesota), WGN (Chicago)

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Minnesota Timberwolves +6 -105 +220 206.5 -110
Chicago Bulls -6 -115 -270 206.5 -110
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The fans at United Center will be treated to a game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Chicago Bulls when they take their seats on Tuesday.

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (6-18): Thibodeau has big-time building blocks in small forward Andrew Wiggins and center Karl-Anthony Towns — the past two NBA Rookies of the Year — and an athletic wild-card in combo guard Zach LaVine, who scored 25 or more points in six of the last 11 games after making five 3-pointers and scoring 25 in Sunday’s 116-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors. “He’s become much more consistent with his shot,” Thibodeau told reporters. “He’s always been a great runner in transition, but I think his ability now to put it on the floor, finish at the rim, his pull-up (jumper), working on the pick and roll, he’s really worked hard on his game and I think he’s growing defensively. I think he’s making strides every day.” Wiggins and Towns (18 rebounds) also scored 25 points on Sunday but the Timberwolves were outscored 38-20 in the fourth quarter as a 10-point lead turned into a disappointing defeat.

ABOUT THE BULLS (13-10):
Jimmy Butler began his ascent toward the star level while being coach by Thibodeau and has nothing but admiration for his former coach, who was an assistant on the gold medal-winning USA basketball that Butler played for in the summer. “I got better from it, the numbers speak for themselves,” Butler told reporters of Thibodeau’s approach. “I’m very grateful he coached me for my first four years and the relationship we still have that we built upon over the summer. That will forever be my guy.” Butler averaged just 8.5 minutes of playing time in 42 games as a rookie in 2011-12, became a full-fledged starter in 2013-14 and is averaging a career-best 25.6 points this season.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Bulls listed as 6-point favorites versus the Timberwolves, while the game’s total is sitting at 206.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Tom Thibodeau returns to Chicago for the first time as a visiting head coach when the Minnesota Timberwolves tangle with the Bulls on Tuesday. Thibodeau went 255-139 and coached the Bulls into the playoffs in each of his five seasons but his relationship with upper management soured and he was fired following the 2014-15 campaign and replaced by Fred Hoiberg.

Thibodeau is attempting to change a longstanding losing culture in Minnesota and the start-up isn’t going well with a 6-18 record and losses in eight of the past nine games. He isn’t much interested in talking about the Bulls, recently telling reporters: “It’s a new day. You don’t look back, you don’t look ahead. Concentrate on what we have to do here (with the Timberwolves).” Regardless, Thibodeau figures to be highly prepared for Tuesday’s contest and veteran Chicago players like Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson are very aware of his return. “It’s going to be weird,” Gibson told reporters. “I’m so used to hearing him just yell my name out so frequently, ‘Taj! Taj!.’ I’m used to Fred’s voice now, but when I hear that bark, I may glance back.”

The Bulls were a 105-100 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Heat. They failed to cover the -9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (205) made winners of OVER bettors.

Minnesota was a 116-108 loser in its last match at home against the Warriors. They covered the +10-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 224 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

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Minnesota:
Team record: 6-18 SU,7-17 ATS
Current Streak: lost 4 straight games.
Minnesota is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Minnesota is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games

Chicago:
Team record: 13-10 SU,13-10 ATS
Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Chicago is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games at home
Chicago is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota home to Houston Saturday, December 17
Chicago at Milwaukee Thursday, December 15

BUZZER BEATERS
1. The Timberwolves won both of last season’s meetings after the Bulls won 10 of the previous 11 matchups.

2. Chicago SG Dwyane Wade scored 28 points in Saturday’s victory over Miami — his former team — and is averaging 25.3 points over the past four games.

3. Wiggins scored 25 or more points in three of the past five games and Towns has done so in three of the last seven contests.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Chicago Bulls will cover the spread at -6 and the game will stay under 206.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Bulls 105, Timberwolves 98 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
MIN TEAM CHI
103.9 PTS FOR 103.0
107.3 PTS AGNST 99.9
-3.3 DIFF. 3.1
30.4 DEF REBOUNDS 35.1
12.0 OFF REBOUNDS 13.4
45.2 FG% 44.0
77.4 FT% 81.0
8.1 3 POINTERS 6.1
7.5 STEALS 7.8
INJURIES
MINNESOTA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
CHICAGO
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
MINNESOTA
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games
Minnesota is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
Minnesota is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Minnesota is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Minnesota is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
CHICAGO
Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Chicago is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago’s last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 6 games when playing Minnesota
Chicago is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Minnesota
Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago’s last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Minnesota’s Overall Scoring vs Chicago’s Overall Defense 103.9 17 99.9 5
Minnesota’s Away Scoring vs Chicago’s Home Defense 103.5 14 99.6 9
Minnesota’s Road Rebounds vs Chicago’s Home Rebounds Allowed 41.1 25 41.5 8
Chicago’s Overall Scoring vs Minnesota’s Overall Defense 103.0 20 107.3 25
Chicago’s Home Scoring vs Minnesota’s Road Defense 105.6 14 109.8 25
Chicago’s Home Rebounds vs Minnesota’s Road Rebounds Allowed 49.4 2 43.3 7
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
MINNESOTA
Minnesota is second worst in field goal percentage against in the league at 47.3.
Minnesota is second in rebounds allowed in the league at 41.1.
CHICAGO
Chicago has the third best free throw percentage in the league at 81.0.
Chicago is last in the league scoring three points made with 6.1 per game.
Chicago is second in rebounds in the league at 48.5.
Chicago gives up the second lowest free throw percentage in the league at 73.1% per game.

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