The Minnesota Timberwolves (10-13) will try to put an end to their five-game losing streak when they meet the Utah Jazz (13-11) at Target Center. The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.
The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 222.5 points with Utah set as a 1.5-point favorite.
Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Prediction
The Jazz are hoping to rebound after failing to cover as 8.5-point favorites in their 104-90 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in their last game. The total points for the game (194) finished under the O/U total of 206. Making free throws was one of Oklahoma City’s largest advantages. They were 16-19 (84.2 percent), while the Jazz were 10-12 (83.3 percent). Rudy Gobert had a good game for Utah, finishing with 19 points and 17 rebounds.
In the Timberwolves’ last game, they were beaten by the Phoenix Suns, 125-109. They failed to cover as 3-point underdogs. The game’s combined points (234) were just over the projected point total of 232.5. Phoenix’s 8.0 turnover percentage was the team’s biggest advantage over Minnesota, who had a mark of 14.1. The Suns’ mark was better than their season average of 12.2. Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns put together a good game, leading both teams in scoring with 33 points on 12-for-18 shooting.
Both teams have won a game in the season series. The Jazz won the most recent matchup 103-95, covering as 3-point favorites. The game finished with a total of 198 points, which was 25 points below the projected point total of 223 points. The Jazz knocked down 19 of their 27 free throws (70.4 percent) and had a better turnover percentage (10.1 vs. 11.7). Bojan Bogdanovic was the game’s top overall scorer with 30 points.
Utah comes into the contest with records of 13-11 straight up (SU) and 9-15 against the spread (ATS). Of the Jazz’s 24 games, 14 have gone under the total.
Meanwhile, Minnesota owns records of 10-13 SU and 9-13-1 ATS. Unlike Utah, games involving the Timberwolves have typically gone over the total (60.9 percent).
It will be a battle of contrasting tempos as the fast-breaking Timberwolves (ranked second in the NBA in possessions per game) will look to push the more grind-it-out Jazz (20th in possessions per game).
Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves ATS Pick
Free Prediction: ATS Winner – Jazz, O/U – Over
Utah is 4-8 ATS on the road with 8 unders and 4 overs.
At home, Minnesota is 2-7-1 ATS with 5 overs and 5 unders.
In games where they allow below 100 points, Minnesota is 1-0 and Utah is 6-1.
The Jazz are 12-6 when they score more than 100 points, while the Timberwolves are 10-9.
Minnesota ranks sixth in second chance points per game (14.5) while Utah ranks 29th (9.9).
The Timberwolves rank third in blocks per game (6.4) while the Jazz rank 25th (4.0).
Minnesota ranks fifth in points in the paint per game (50.5) while Utah ranks 23rd (44.8).
The Jazz rank seventh in rebounds allowed per game (43.8) while the Timberwolves rank 25th (46.9).
Utah ranks second in assists allowed per game (21.0) while Minnesota ranks 19th (24.7).
The Timberwolves rank 12th in steals per game (8.0) while the Jazz rank 28th (6.1).
Minnesota ranks fifth in three pointers attempted per game (38.4) while Utah ranks 21st (31.3).
The Timberwolves rank 25th in points off turnovers per game (15.2) while the Jazz rank 27th (14.9).
Utah is 27th in the NBA with 10.8 fast break points per game while Minnesota is 29th with 10.3 fast break points per game.
Over its last five outings, Utah is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
Minnesota is 0-5 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under over its last five games.
The Jazz’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.8, up from 0.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Timberwolves have scored an average of 116.4 points per game (1.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 128.4 points per game (11.0 above their season average).