Matchups that provide value when Lebron goes to Minnesota and Brooklyn bounces back versus Toronto

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Charles Stark

Monday, January 8, 2018 12:49 PM GMT

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 12:49 PM GMT

For Monday’s NBA action we are going to take a look at a total and a spread when Cleveland travels to Minnesota, and Toronto takes on Brooklyn. Should we look for a high-scoring affair with the Timberwolves and Cavaliers, and can Brooklyn make a better game with Toronto than their last matchup?

Cleveland at Minnesota

Minnesota and Cleveland have yet to meet up this season but the last time Cleveland came to Minnesota these two teams went for a combined 224 points. I don’t see that changing tonight with two teams that have been really efficient on the season. Currently Cleveland ranks third in the league in shooting efficiency along with shooting 47.6% overall which ranks them fifth. On the other side of the court Minnesota ranks eighth in the league in shooting efficiency while shooting 47.4% ranking them seventh. Contrasting both of their good offenses is the fact that neither team has been defending particularly well with Cleveland ranking 24th and Minnesota 27th respectively in opponent shooting efficiency. Although neither team has pushed a ton of tempo I like the fact that they have scorers all over the floor, and I believe the pace will actually be a little bit faster than what we have seen statistically out of these two clubs so far this season. This should be an interesting game of two teams that can score with conflicting styles as Cleveland loves to shoot the three averaging 32.8 per contest, ranking third, opposed to Minnesota averaging just 22.6, ranking 28th. At the end of the day though both teams will score in bunches.

The NBA Pick: Cleveland at Minnesota over 220
Best Lines are at Bookmaker

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Last time these two met up Toronto absolutely throttled the Nets 120-87 in Toronto. In that matchup, the Raptors shot lights out at 55% overall and were able to get up 97 attempts which is extremely high for an NBA basketball game. The most glaring statistic of the game wasn’t the fact that Toronto shot lights out, but that Brooklyn turned the ball over 24 times. Expect the Nets to play much better tonight as they seem to have played some good basketball over this past week, and although they might not get revenge, they should be able to hang within this number. On the season Brooklyn has some decent statistics across the board highlighted by ranking sixth in the NBA in both opponent three-point shooting percentage and opponent shooting efficiency. Offensively they been less than stellar overall but their percentages go up at home and I expect for them to give a very good Toronto team all they want. Surprisingly the difference tonight will be how Brooklyn’s defense steps up.

The NBA Pick: Brooklyn +7.5
Best Odds at are (-104) at Pinnacle

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