Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trailblazers Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 12-8-18




Minnesota Timberwolves (13-12) vs Portland Trailblazers (13-11)

Date : 12/08/2018
Time : 10:00PM
Location : Moda Center

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Portland Trailblazers

On Saturday night, the Moda Center will play host to the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves as they take on the Portland Trailblazers. The Trailblazers are coming off of a three-game losing streak and have dropped their last six of seven games. The Timberwolves have won their last two and have won six of their last seven.  The Blazers are half a game up on the Timberwolves in the Northwest and are meeting for the second time this season after the Timberwolves took the first game 112-96.

Minnesota Timberwolves's Latest Performance :

Minnesota Timberwolves have been very streaky this season and are looking to put it all together. It hasn’t been for a lack of scoring as they haven’t scored under 100 points in a single game this season. They beat the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night 121-104. Karly Anthony-Towne threw down 35 points with 12 rebounds and former Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins added a season-high 26 points. The T-Wolves shot a solid 50% from three-point land and 53.9% from the field. The Hornets couldn’t keep up with that pace and dropped their third in a row.

Portland Trailblazers's Latest Performance :

The Portland Trailblazers currently sit four games back behind the first-place Denver Nuggets and have hit a rough patch after winning four in a row earlier this season. They lost their last game in Dallas against the Mavericks 111-102. Luka Doncic lead the way for the Mavs scoring 21 while Wesley Mathews added 17. Portland’s Damian Lillard continued his scoring assault on the NBA with 33 points after going 10/23 from the field. Crucial turnovers and some tough Mavs defense was the difference in this game.

How Minnesota Timberwolves & Portland Trailblazers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Blazers are 11-13 ATS overall

Blazers are 7-5 ATS at home and 4-8 ATS away

T-Wolves are 14-11 ATS overall

T-Wolves are 10-5 ATS at home and 4-6 ATS away

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

These two teams are neck and neck in the Northwest and are fairly evenly matched. Neither team is particularly solid on the road but the difference maker is that the Timberwolves are playing well and have gone 7-3 in their last ten while the Trailblazer have taken a backseat going 3-7 in their last ten. Both teams have big-time scorers with something to prove in this game. A little defense will go a long way in this match-up.

Betting trends for Minnesota Timberwolves:

  • Trailblazers are 3-6 as underdog

  • Trailblazers are 1-2 in division games

  • Trailblazers are 5-5 after a loss

Betting trends for Portland Trailblazers:

  • Timberwolves are 2-2 in division games

  • Timberwolves are 7-5 after a win

  • Timberwolves are 9-4 as favorite

Bryan

A prolific television producer/writer and general sports enthusiast, Bryan has produced and written for several TV shows over the years. He attended the University of Missouri and has been involved in competitive sports his entire life.