The Phoenix Suns (4-9), who are currently riding a five-game losing streak, will attempt to get back in the win column when they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4) to Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 227 points with Minnesota opening as a 10-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 11, 2017, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Arizona.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Preview
In the Timberwolves’ last game, they got blown out by the Golden State Warriors, 125-101. Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the game. Golden State was lights out from beyond the arc (15-36; 41.7 percent). Minnesota, on the other hand, held the Warriors to an offensive rebounding percentage of 8.6 (below their season average of 24.3).
The Suns are trying to rebound after their 128-112 loss to the Orlando Magic in their last outing. Alex Len was Phoenix’s leading scorer with 21 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Orlando had a free throw rate of 0.354 (above their season average of 0.180). Phoenix, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (24.5 vs. 20.0).
Phoenix does a solid job at getting to the charity stripe. They rank first in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.251), but Minnesota is among the best in the league at keeping opponents off the line (ranking second by allowing a FTA rate of 0.157).
Of Minnesota’s 11 games, six have finished over the projected point total, while 7 of Phoenix’s 12 games have finished over the projected point total. The Timberwolves come into this game with a clear advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 7-4 SU and 5-5-1 ATS, while the Suns are 4-9 SU and 5-7 ATS.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Timberwolves won all three games played against each other last season. In the last game, Minnesota won 112-111. Minnesota had a better effective field goal percentage (0.560 vs. 0.483). Phoenix, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (28-32; 87.5 percent).
Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Timberwolves, ATS Winner – Suns, O/U – Over
- The Timberwolves rank 11th in assists per game (22.5) while the Suns rank 29th (17.8).
- Minnesota averages 14.3 second chance points per game, which ranks sixth in the NBA. Phoenix ranks 16th in second chance points allowed per game (12.4).
- Minnesota ranks fifth in steals per game (8.8) while Phoenix ranks 20th (7.2).
- Phoenix ranks 23rd in three pointers attempted per game (25.7) while Minnesota ranks 29th (23.1).
- Phoenix is 2-4 ATS at home, while Minnesota is 2-3-1 ATS on the road.
- The total has gone over in 3 of the Suns’ 6 home games, while 4 of the Timberwolves’ 6 road games have gone over.
- When allowing less than 100 points, Phoenix is 1-1 and Minnesota is 4-0.
- The Timberwolves are 7-3 when they reach the century mark, while the Suns are 3-5.
- The Timberwolves average 18.9 points off turnovers per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. The Suns rank 20th in points off turnovers allowed per game (19.2).
- Phoenix ranks eighth in fast break points per game (12.5) while Minnesota ranks last in fast break points allowed per game (17.1).
- The Timberwolves rank fourth in rebounds allowed per game (40.9) while the Suns rank 25th (47.0).
- The Suns rank 10th in blocks per game (5.2) while the Timberwolves rank 16th in blocks allowed per game (5.6).
- Minnesota ranks sixth in points in the paint per game (47.3) while Phoenix ranks 24th in points allowed in the paint per game (48.8).
- Phoenix is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Minnesota is 3-1-1 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
- The Suns’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 12.6, up from 10.5 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Timberwolves have scored an average of 110.8 points per game (2.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 107.6 points per game (3.6 below their season average).