The new look Minnesota Timberwolves will host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. The Timberwolves come into this game off an impressive 107-100 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. The Timberwolves have won two straight to improve their record to 6-9, but remain in last place in the Northwest Division. Portland suffered a 126-117 road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. The Trail Blazers bring a 10-4 record into this game and lead the Northwest Division over the Denver Nuggets. This game features a ton of young and talented NBA stars.
Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers Odds
The Portland Trail Blazers are one point favorites over the Minnesota Timberwolves in this game. The over/under for this game is set at 223 total points.
Spread: Trail Blazers -1
Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers Head to Head
This is the second game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers this season. Portland blew out the Timberwolves in the first matchup of the season, securing a 111-81 home victory over Minnesota. The Trail Blazers have now won three straight games over the Timberwolves dating back to last season.
Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers Stats
The Timberwolves come into this game giving up 116.2 points per game this season, which is in the bottom-5 of the NBA. Karl-Anthony Towns leads the team with 20.6 points and 11.9 rebounds per game, and is now the clear star in Minnesota. Point guard Derrick Rose is having a resurgent season, averaging 19.2 points per game for the Timberwolves.
The Portland Trail Blazers are one of the highest scoring teams in the NBA, averaging 115.9 points per game this season. Point guard Damian Lillard is averaging 26.4 points and 6.2 assists per game so far this season. Center Jusuf Nurkic is averaging a team high 10.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game to anchor the Portland defense.
Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers News
The big news in the NBA this past week was the Timberwolves‘ trade of Jimmy Butler. Minnesota sent Butler to Philadelphia in exchange for in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, and a future second-round draft pick. Center Justin Patton was also included in the deal heading to Philadelphia.
Backup guard Seth Curry was forced to leave Wednesday night’s game with a right knee injury and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday. CJ McCollum was named Western Conference Player of the Week for his performance last week. McCollum averaged 25.7 points leading the Blazers to three straight wins last week.
Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers Predictions
The T-Wolves come into this game riding a two game winning streak, but they haven’t faced a team like the Trail Blazers. Portland has a dynamic duo in the backcourt, and they should be able to take advantage of a bad defense in this game. Look for this to be a high-scoring affair with the Portland Trail Blazers coming out on top. Bet Portland -1 over Minnesota in this game on Friday night.