Offense meets defense when the Minnesota Timberwolves (32-21) travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors (33-15). Toronto opened as a 5.5-point favorite, while the games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 218 points. Action begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, and it can be seen on The Sports Network.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Preview
In the Timberwolves last game, they were beaten by the Atlanta Hawks, 105-100. Karl-Anthony Towns had a solid game for Minnesota, putting up 15 points and 13 rebounds. Atlanta held the Timberwolves to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.3 (below their season average of 25.4). Minnesota, meanwhile, forced the Hawks into a turnover percentage of 19.6 (above their season average of 13.7).
The Raptors will look to maintain momentum after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in their last game, 123-111. Toronto received a boost from Fred VanVleet, who was the top scorer from either team with 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting. The Raptors had a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.565 (above their season average of 0.529) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 27.9 (above their season average of 23.4).
Toronto could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their prolific offense squares off against one of the leagues worst defenses. The Raptors rank fifth in offensive efficiency, while Minnesota ranks 24th in defensive efficiency. Furthermore, the Timberwolves, who rank third in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.228), will face off against the Raptors, who rank 26th in opponents FTA rate (0.218).
Of Minnesota’s 52 games that accepted bets, 27 have finished over the projected point total, while 25 of Toronto’s 48 games have finished over the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Raptors have a sizable advantage. They are 33-15 SU and 26-22 ATS, while the Timberwolves are 32-21 SU and 25-24-3 ATS.
Andrew Wiggins has really been playing well over the last five games for Minnesota, averaging 24.8 points per game.
These teams have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined for 224 points, which was over the projected point total of 214.5. The Timberwolves won 115-109, covering as 2-point underdogs. The Timberwolves played a nearly flawless game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.395 and an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 35.7. For those same stats, the Raptors put up marks of 0.229 and 21.6, respectively. In the loss, Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 40 points.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Toronto Raptors Odds Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Timberwolves, ATS Winner – Timberwolves, O/U – Over
- The Raptors rank sixth in fast break points per game (13.9) while the Timberwolves rank 24th in fast break points allowed per game (13.3).
- Minnesota ranks first in steals allowed per game (6.4) while Toronto ranks 10th (7.3).
- Toronto averages 48.3 points in the paint per game, which ranks fourth in the league. Minnesota ranks 21st in points allowed in the paint per game (45.6).
- Minnesota ranks second in points off turnovers per game (18.7) while Toronto ranks seventh in points off turnovers allowed per game (15.1).
- Toronto is 12-10 ATS at home, while Minnesota is 12-12-2 ATS on the road.
- In 26 road games, the Timberwolves have 14 overs and 12 unders.
- The Raptors have 11 overs and 11 unders in 22 home games.
- When allowing less than 100 points, Toronto is 15-5 and Minnesota is 15-4.
- In games where they score more than 100 points, the Timberwolves are 30-12 and the Raptors are 30-8.
- The Raptors average 22.7 assists per game, which ranks 11th in the league. The Timberwolves rank 23rd in assists allowed per game (24.1).
- Minnesota ranks second in second chance points per game (14.5) while Toronto ranks 28th in second chance points allowed per game (13.7).
- The Raptors rank fifth in three pointers attempted per game (31.8) while the Timberwolves rank 28th (22.2).
- The Timberwolves rank fourth in rebounds allowed per game (41.2) while the Raptors rank 12th (42.7).
- Toronto ranks second in blocks per game (6.1) while Minnesota ranks 21st (4.2).
- Toronto is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Minnesota is 3-1-1 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
- The Raptors average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.0, down from 7.3 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Timberwolves have scored an average of 112.8 points per game (3.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 113.8 points per game (7.9 above their season average).