NBA Picks: Bulls -2 vs. Timberwolves

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 1:39 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014 1:39 PM UTC

The Chicago Bulls are playing some of their best basketball of the 2013-14 season, as they prepare to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night.

Chicago has won five games in a row, including a 96-78 victory over the Washington Wizards as 2.5-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 184.

The Bulls have averaged 100.8 points over their current win streak, and allowed 85.0 on 42.2 percent shooting from the floor.

NBA handicappers will find that the team is 3-2 SUATS when playing with three or more days rest, with the OVER going 3-2 in that situation.

A big win
Minnesota is 3-1 SUATS over its last four games, as it comes off a 110-91 blowout victory over the San Antonio Spurs as 7.5-point home underdogs Tuesday, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in that span. 

The Timberwolves have compiled a 23-15 SU record at this venue, including wins in 11 of 14 opportunities versus Eastern Conference opponents.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 8-26 SU and 11-21-2 ATS off an upset win.

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Quite a Turnaround
Since Jan. 1, the Bulls have won an Eastern Conference-best 33 games, which has been made possible by four of five probable starters averaging double figures. 

Chicago is being led on both ends of the floor by center Joakim Noah, who is averaging 12.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.49 blocks and 1.23 steals per game.

Going for a sweep
The Timberwolves ended their seven-game losing streak in this series on Jan. 27, as they picked up a 95-86 victory as 4.5-point road favorites, while going UNDER the betting total of 197.

Minnesota will miss the playoffs for a 10th consecutive season, but will look to finish with a record above .500 with forward Kevin Love and point guard Ricky Rubio leading the way.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Bulls as one of their NBA picks, as the Timberwolves have gone 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a SU win. 

Live bettors will want to keep an eye on the score heading into the final 12 minutes of play, with Chicago possessing a 39-4 SU record when leading its opponent after three quarters.

Pick: Chicago Bulls -2


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