Minnesota Will Take Advantage of Washington at Home

Saturday, March 9, 2019 3:53 PM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019 3:53 PM UTC

Minnesota looks to take care of business against the Wizards who have strugged mightily on the road. 

<p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Washington (27-39 SU, 30-35 ATS) at Minnesota (30-35 SU, 33-32 ATS)</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Saturday 8:00 P.M. ET</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/washington-wizards-vs-minnesota-timberwolves-3570056/odds/" target="_blank">Timberwolves ATS</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4418&amp;book=5dimes" target="_blank">5Dimes</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3570056, "sportsbooksIds":[19,1096,139,180,93], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p> </p><p dir="ltr">Minnesota, which has losses in four in its last five contests, will look locate its missing defense on Saturday when it opens a brief two-game homestand against the Washington Wizards. The Timberwolves were unable to ride the momentum of a fast start on Wednesday, as their 58.1 percent shooting in the first half gave way to their opponent piling up 71 points in the second half of a 131-114 setback in Detroit.</p><p dir="ltr">Towns had a team-high 24 points in that contest, although his six turnovers before fouling out aided in Minnesota's demise. The two-time All-Star center also put up strong offensive numbers in Sunday's 135-121 setback to Washington, going 12-for-18 from the field for 28 points while adding a season high-tying seven assists.</p><p dir="ltr">Towns' performance helped the Timberwolves score 84 points in the paint that night, however Minnesota shot itself in the foot with a porous 4-of-27 performance from beyond the arc. All-NBA defender Robert Covington's absence in 2019 due to a knee injury has been one of the primary reasons for the club's woes at that end of the court, per Saunders. Forward Andrew Wiggins has shot well from the field in each of his last three games, going 6 for 12 in his 14-point performance against Washington before combining to go 15 for 30 in his next two outings. He finished with 18 points in both contests.</p><p dir="ltr">Wizards forward Bobby Portis collected 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field to go along with 12 rebounds in the previous encounter with the Timberwolves. Portis nearly matched those totals on Friday, recording 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the floor to go along with nine boards in a 112-111 loss to Charlotte.</p><p dir="ltr">Bradley Beal and reserve Jabari Parker each scored 22 points against Minnesota and added 15 apiece versus the Hornets. Friday's setback was Washington's sixth in its last nine games overall and fifth in six road contests, dropping the club to 8-26 away from home. The Wizards will open a five-game homestand after visiting the Timberwolves. Washington has been one of the worst road teams in the entire league this season, having amassed a mark of 11-23 ATS on the road. MInnesota should be able to take advantage of the Wizards at home behind a dominate performance from Karl-Anthony Towns.</p><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;No point guard gets to the rim better.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;None. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/YqAHzEzwMk\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/YqAHzEzwMk&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Timberwolves/status/1103472373976559616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;March 7, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p>
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