The Minnesota Timberwolves (29-16) look to continue their five-game winning streak against the struggling Orlando Magic (12-31) at Amway Center. The games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 217 points with Minnesota set as a 7.5-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, and it can be seen on Fox SportsNet Florida.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Orlando Magic Odds Preview
The last time the Timberwolves played, they were victorious over the Portland Trail Blazers, 120-103. With 20 points and 11 rebounds, Karl-Anthony Towns had a solid performance for Minnesota. Minnesota played a nearly perfect game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.338 (above their season average of 0.227) and a turnover percentage of 10.4 (better than their season average of 11.4). Portland recorded marks of 0.177 and 16.4, respectively, for those same stats.
The Magic are trying to rebound after their 125-119 loss to the Washington Wizards in their last contest. With 21 points and 13 rebounds, Orlando’s Bismack Biyombo had a solid performance. Washington had a better turnover percentage (9.6 vs. 13.8). Orlando, on the other hand, did a great job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (25-31; 80.6 percent).
It will be a battle of contrasting tempos as the fast-breaking Magic (ranked eighth in the league in possessions per game) will look to push the more methodical Timberwolves (21st in possessions per game). Furthermore, the third-ranked offense of the Timberwolves (offensive efficiency of 111.4) will attempt to take advantage of the 28th-ranked defense of the Magic (defensive efficiency of 109.9).
Of Minnesota’s 45 games, 23 have finished over the O/U total, while 23 of Orlando’s 43 games have finished under the projected point total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Timberwolves have a sizable advantage. They are 29-16 SU and 22-21-2 ATS, while the Magic are 12-31 SU and 16-26-1 ATS.
These teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined to score 242 points in that game, which was well over the projected point total of 218. The Timberwolves won 124-118, but were unable to cover as 7-point favorites. The Timberwolves dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.414 and an absurdly low turnover percentage of 6.2. The Magic had marks of 0.154 and 12.2, respectively, for those same stats. Jeff Teague put up a double-double in the victory with 22 points and 11 assists.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Orlando Magic ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Timberwolves, ATS Winner – Timberwolves, O/U – Under
- The Timberwolves rank second in points off turnovers per game (18.9) while the Magic rank 21st (15.3).
- Minnesota averages 22.8 assists per game, which ranks 11th in the NBA. Orlando ranks 26th in assists allowed per game (24.7).
- Minnesota ranks fifth in second chance points per game (14.2) while Orlando ranks 24th (10.5).
- Orlando is 6-13 ATS at home, while Minnesota is 11-9-1 ATS on the road.
- Of the Timberwolves 21 road games, they have 11 overs and 10 unders.
- The Magic have 11 unders and 8 overs in 19 home games.
- In games where they allow less than 100 points, Orlando is 6-3 and Minnesota is 14-4.
- The Magic are 12-16 when they score more than 100 points, while the Timberwolves are 27-8.
- The Magic rank 13th in three pointers attempted per game (29.4) while the Timberwolves rank 28th (22.7).
- Minnesota ranks first in rebounds allowed per game (41.0) while Orlando ranks last (46.2).
- The Timberwolves rank sixth in points in the paint per game (47.9) while the Magic rank last in points allowed in the paint per game (49.6).
- The Magic rank 12th in fast break points per game (12.5) while the Timberwolves rank 21st in fast break points allowed per game (12.3).
- Minnesota ranks third in steals per game (9.1) while Orlando ranks 22nd (7.1).
- Orlando is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Minnesota is 5-0 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
- The Magic’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.0, up from 5.9 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Timberwolves have scored an average of 117.0 points per game (8.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 99.2 points per game (5.5 below their season average).