The Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4) square off against the Washington Wizards (2-7) at the Target Center. The game gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, November 15, 2019.
Minnesota opened at William Hill as a 7-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 238.5 points.
Washington Wizards vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Free Prediction
Although the Wizards were beaten by the Boston Celtics in their last game, 140-133, they were able to cover as 7.5-point underdogs. The game’s total points (273) came in well over the O/U total of 230.5. Boston’s 27.0 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over Washington, who had a rate of 20.9. The Celtics’ mark was above their season average of 19.5. Bradley Beal was the top scorer from either team with 44 points on 17-for-27 shooting.
In the Timberwolves’ previous game, they were victorious over the San Antonio Spurs, 129-114, comfortably covering as 1.5-point favorites. The total points for the game (243) were over the O/U total of 229.5. The Timberwolves had a great offensive rebounding percentage of 27.7 (above their season average of 24.1) and had a free throw rate of 0.308 (above their season average of 0.208). With 28 points and 11 rebounds, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns had a good performance.
This is the second game of the season between these two squads. Jeff Teague recorded 15 points and 13 assists in the first game, in which the Timberwolves, who were 3-point underdogs, defeated the Wizards 131-109. The game finished with a total of 240 points, which was 11.5 points above the projected point total of 228.5 points. Minnesota was lights out from beyond the arc (17-39; 43.6 percent). Washington, on the other hand, did an excellent job of making free throws (23-27; 85.2 percent).
Washington has an outstanding 6-3 record against the spread (ATS), despite being 2-7 straight up (SU). Of the Wizards’ nine games, five have finished under the total.
Meanwhile, Minnesota is 7-4 SU and 6-4-1 ATS. Unlike Washington, Timberwolves games have typically gone over the projected point total (72.7 percent).
The offensive glass could be a major advantage for Minnesota in this showdown. Since last season, the Timberwolves rank sixth in offensive rebounding percentage (24.6 percent), while Washington ranks 30th in defensive rebounding percentage (73.9 percent).
Washington Wizards at Minnesota Timberwolves ATS Pick
Prediction: Wizards, O/U – Over
Minnesota is 13-1 when they allow below 100 points, while Washington is 12-0.
In games where they reach the century mark, the Timberwolves are 42-41 and the Wizards are 31-50.
Minnesota ranks first in steals per game (8.5) while Washington ranks 25th (8.1).
The Timberwolves average 15.0 second chance points per game, which ranks sixth in the league. The Wizards rank 24th in second chance points allowed per game (14.3).
Minnesota ranks fourth in blocks per game (5.2) while Washington ranks 18th (4.6).
The Timberwolves rank third in three pointers attempted per game (30.0) while the Wizards rank 17th in three pointers allowed per game (32.8).
Minnesota averages 49.8 points in the paint per game, which ranks fifth in the NBA. Washington ranks 18th in points allowed in the paint per game (51.9).
The Wizards rank 15th in fast break points per game (14.0) while the Timberwolves rank 28th (11.5).
Minnesota ranks sixth in rebounds per game (45.1) while Washington ranks 19th in rebounds allowed per game (47.2).
The Wizards average 26.2 assists per game, which ranks fifth in the league. The Timberwolves rank 17th in assists allowed per game (25.9).
Minnesota ranks 12th in points off turnovers per game (17.5) while Washington ranks 16th in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.0).