Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Washington Wizards, Friday, Las Vegas Odds, NBA Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES WASHINGTON WIZARDS
11-24 January 6, 7:00 PM | Verizon Center 16-18

When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, January 6, 2017
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), CSN Mid-Atlantic (Washington)

Team Spread Money Line Total
Minnesota Timberwolves +5 -110 +175 211.5 -110
Washington Wizards -5 -110 -200 211.5 -110

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Washington Wizards will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at Verizon Center.

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (11-24): Minnesota looked like it was taking a step forward with a stretch of five wins in nine games – capped by a 116-99 win over Milwaukee – but since dropped two in a row to sub-.500 opponents. Star center Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his fifth straight double-double on Tuesday with 23 points and 15 rebounds but was upset that his team could not complete the comeback. “You don’t get no consolation, there are no consolation prizes,” Towns told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “This ain’t fourth-grade, pee-wee football. This is the NBA. This is a man’s league. There’s a winner and there’s a loser, and today we were the losers.”

ABOUT THE WIZARDS (16-18): Washington is in the bottom third of the league in scoring defense and allowed the lowly Mavericks to bury 17 3-pointers on Tuesday. “We got outworked. I haven’t said that a lot about this team, but we got outworked,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks told reporters. “They were moving the ball, and we were hoping that they would miss and not doing a very good job of making them miss.” One positive on the trip was the play of shooting guard Bradley Beal, who sat out last Friday with an ankle injury but played both nights of the back-to-back and averaged 26 points.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Wizards listed as 5-point favorites versus the Timberwolves, while the game’s total is sitting at 211.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look great in spurts but struggle to put together 48 minutes representative of the talent level of the players. The Washington Wizards, who host the Timberwolves on Friday, have their own problems with consistency but are winners of eight in a row at home.

Minnesota fell behind by 26 points at Philadelphia on Tuesday, came all the way back to tie it with 1.6 seconds left and lost on a buzzer-beater 93-91. “That has been our biggest challenge, to be a 48-minute team,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters, “and we’re nowhere near that.” The Wizards, who took a two-game trip to Texas and fell at Houston and Dallas on Monday and Tuesday after pulling to .500 with a three-game home winning streak, begin a stretch of five of seven at home with Friday’s tilt. “We’re still in a position where we’re happy, but this is not the way you want to start 2017,” Washington point guard John Wall told reporters. “We know what we have to do to win games. When we don’t do it, we’re putting ourselves in a tough disadvantage.”

The Wizards were a 113-105 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Mavericks. They failed to cover the +1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (218) made winners of OVER bettors.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 93-91 loser as they battled the 76ers on the road. The Timberwolves failed to cover in the match as a -4.5-point favorite, while 184 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

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Minnesota:
Team record: 11-24 SU,14-21 ATS
Minnesota is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
Minnesota is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games

Washington:
Team record: 16-18 SU,17-17 ATS
Washington is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Washington’s last 18 games
Washington is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota home to Utah Saturday, January 7
Washington at Milwaukee Sunday, January 8

PRO HOOPS UPDATES
1. Wizards SF Otto Porter Jr. is 19-of-38 from 3-point range in the last seven games.

2. Timberwolves SG Andrew Wiggins failed to score in double figures for the second time this season when he managed eight points on 2-of-15 shooting Tuesday.

3. Minnesota earned a 132-129 double-overtime win in its lone trip to Washington last season.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Washington Wizards will cover the spread at -5 and the game will go over 211.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Wizards 112, Timberwolves 105 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
MIN TEAM WAS
103.3 PTS FOR 105.2
105.0 PTS AGNST 106.2
-1.6 DIFF. -1.0
30.9 DEF REBOUNDS 31.9
12.1 OFF REBOUNDS 10.0
45.2 FG% 46.8
78.4 FT% 77.6
8.3 3 POINTERS 8.0
7.6 STEALS 8.7
INJURIES
MINNESOTA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
WASHINGTON
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
MINNESOTA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games
Minnesota is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games on the road
Minnesota is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Minnesota is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Washington
Minnesota is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Washington
WASHINGTON
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Washington’s last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington’s last 7 games at home
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Washington is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Minnesota
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Minnesota’s Overall Scoring vs Washington’s Overall Defense 103.3 19 106.2 23
Minnesota’s Away Scoring vs Washington’s Home Defense 101.6 16 104.8 20
Minnesota’s Road Rebounds vs Washington’s Home Rebounds Allowed 42.4 20 39.9 3
Washington’s Overall Scoring vs Minnesota’s Overall Defense 105.2 16 105.0 17
Washington’s Home Scoring vs Minnesota’s Road Defense 108.2 11 106.2 18
Washington’s Home Rebounds vs Minnesota’s Road Rebounds Allowed 42.1 26 42.6 7
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
MINNESOTA
Minnesota is third in rebounds allowed in the league at 40.7.
WASHINGTON
Washington is third last in the league in three points made with 8.0 per game.
Washington gives up the second lowest free throw percentage in the league at 73.7% per game.
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
Minnesota 45.2 47.0 -1.8
Washington 46.8 46.9 -0.1
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
Minnesota 12.1 30.9 43.0
Washington 10.0 31.9 41.9
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
Minnesota 22.3 14.2 1.6
Washington 22.7 13.7 1.7

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