Charlotte Hornets (11-12) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (12-12)Date : 12/05/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Charlotte Hornets vs Minnesota Timberwolves
The Charlotte Hornets will travel to Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to battle the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Charlotte Hornets come into this game losers of their last two outings as they fell at home to the New Orleans Pelicans in their last outing by a 119 – 109 score as Anthony Davis scored 36 points along with pulling down 19 rebounds in addition to eight assists in the win while Jrue Holiday ended with 19 points for the Pelicans as they sent the Hornets to their fourth loss in six games, overall.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have won five of their last six games, overall, as they atoned for a loss to the Boston Celtics at home on December 1st by whipping up on the Houston Rockets at home by a 103 – 91 score ss Karl Anthony Towns led the team exploring with 24 points along with 11 rebounds as the Timberwolves erased a 14-point deficit at the half in which to come out with the huge victory in what was game three of a four-game homestand.
Charlotte Hornets's Latest Performance :
The Charlotte Hornets offense has slowed down just a bit recently while their defense has allowed 119 points to their opponents in their last two outings. A testament to their offense trending downward was their inability to score consistently versus the Pelicans in their last outing as they only put up 109 points while the Pelicans are allowing opponents to score 119 points per outing in 2018.
To make matters even worse for Charlotte, Kemba Walker is currently dealing with a knee injury yet is probable to play in this matchup on Wednesday night. With that being the case, Walker put up only 13 points on the night versus New Orleans as he shot 5 – 16 from the floor while going 0-6 from three-point range while Frank Kaminsky and Miles Bridges chipped in 19 and 16 points in the loss for Charlotte as they had seven players in double figures for the night.
On the defensive end, they allowed New Orleans to shoot 51% from the field for the night while allowing them to hit 11 of 32 3-point attempts as Davis led with 36 points while Jrue Holiday along with Nikola Mirotic chipped in 19 and 16 points for the Pelicans. In all, Charlotte will certainly be looking to shore things up on the defensive end in this matchup while facing a team in Minnesota that will also be looking to play a bit more consistently on the offensive end while also neutralizing a dangerous scoring attack for the Hornets on defense in the meantime.
Minnesota Timberwolves's Latest Performance :
The Minnesota Timberwolves have played outstanding basketball lately and this can certainly be attributed to their play on the defensive end of the floor as they have allowed 100 points or less in four of their last six games, overall. And while their offense has been up and down lately in averaging 110 points on 44% shooting on a nightly basis, Towns continues to lead the team night in and night out as he has not only scored 20 or more points in six of the last seven games for the Timberwolves, but, has also collected four double doubles in the last 5 games for the Timberwolves, altogether.
With that being the case, Towns score d24 points along with 11 rebounds in the last win for the Minnesota while Andrew Wiggins along with Jeff Teague contributed 16 and 14 points, respectively for the Timberwolves in the win. On the other hand, the defense for the Timberwolves only allowed the high-scoring offense for Houston to score only 91 points for the night has they shot 43% from the field while going only 11 of 39 from 3-point range. James Harden shot 8-17 from the field for the night while ending with 37 points, eight rebounds, along with five assists while Clint Capela scored 24 points on the night while pulling down 8 rebounds in the loss for the Rockets. Chris Paul only went 1-8 from the field with five points along with seven assists with five turnovers in the contest. Minnesota will look to certainly look to take advantage of a Charlotte team that has lost a bit of its flair as of late in losing four of six overall.
How Charlotte Hornets & Minnesota Timberwolves Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Charlotte is 14 – 9 ATS while the OU is 11 – 12
Minnesota is 13 – 11 ATS while the OU is 8 – 16
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an interesting matchup on Wednesday night ass the Minnesota Timberwolves will be looking to continue their home success versus a team in Charlotte that is winless on the road in their last three contests. With that being the case, look for both teams to bring the focus and intensity for this matchup as the Charlotte Hornets certainly would like to come out of their funk, overall, while Minnesota, despite playing well recently, resides in the fourth place slot within the Northwest Division standings of the Western Conference. It is for this reason that they will also have a huge incentive to come out performing solidly in this matchup as they would like to increase their overall positioning which can only be done by them continuing to win.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves
My reason for the pick :
While the Charlotte Hornets will certainly bring their A-game for this matchup on Wednesday night, look for the Minnesota Timberwolves to exert themselves on the defensive end of the floor early and often versus a dangerous team in the Charlotte Hornets that will certainly be looking into pick up a win in which to get back on the right track. Nonetheless, Minnesota will control the pace of this game throughout by limiting opportunities on the offensive end for Walker and the Hornets. As stated, Walker is probable for this match up with a knee injury yet one never knows how this can affect his timing as well as the timing of his teammates for this matchup once on the floor.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
After some hot shooting to begin the season, the Charlotte Hornets have cooled down, as stated, as the under has been the play in three of the last four contest for the Hornets. On the other hand, the under has been the play in six of the last eight games, overall, for the Minnesota Timberwolves. In all, I will expect these trends to continue as the Timberwolves have certainly played well on both sides of the floor, particularly on the defensive end, lately. With that being the case, look for them to control the pace of the game while neutralizing the offense of Charlotte for much of this contest on Wednesday night, thus allowing the under to be the strong play.
Betting trends for Charlotte Hornets:
- Hornets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Hornets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.
Hornets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Betting trends for Minnesota Timberwolves:
- Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Timberwolves are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.