NBA Picks: Timberwolves -4 over 76ers in Battle Between Two Lottery Bound Teams

Joe Gavazzi

Friday, January 30, 2015 4:13 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 4:13 PM GMT

A quick perusal of the NBA standings finds that these two are among the worst teams in the NBA. With numbers that are near even, let’s take a closer look to examine the reasons why I like Minnesota.

Minnesota Timberwolves (-3-) vs. Philadelphia 76ers 7:05 ET
A quick perusal of the NBA standings finds that these two are among the worst teams in the NBA. Philadelphia stands 9-37 SU (just ½ game better than NY).  Philly is 4-18 SU at home. Minnesota is 4 worse games than the Lakers, making them in last place in the Western Conference at 8-37 SU, 4-19 SU away. Their 107 PPG defense is the worst in the NBA. With numbers that are near even, let’s take a closer look to examine the reasons why I choose Minnesota as my NBA pick.

Philadelphia has struggled the entire season, being outscored by an average of 12 PPG, easily the worst in the NBA. That is also true of their offense, which is averaging just 89 PPG by far the worst in the league.  There have been no signs of improvement for the 76ers on the offensive end. In the previous 18 games, the 76ers are averaging just 86 PPG, while they are shooting under 40% from the field in their previous 5 games.  Last year, Philly was 19-63 SU.  It seems unlikely they will reach those 19 wins this season. That is especially true since they have lost one of their best offensive players, Tony Wroten, who was averaging 17 PPG but is out for the season with an ACL injury. 

Injury problems are certainly nothing new for Minnesota. For a lengthy period of the season, they have been without 5 key players at varying intervals. These include PG Rubio, Muhammad (both of whom are still out), along with PG Mo Williams, shooting guard Kevin Martin and interior force, Pekovic. The latter 3 of those players now figure to suit up for this game. As these 3 have gradually integrated into the lineup, the Wolves have covered 3 straight games. Included in that is a 110-98 victory on their home court vs. Boston on Wednesday night.  In fact, the Wolves are recently 5-1 ATS away. Remember that this was a Minnesota team who was 40-42 SU last season, good enough for 10th place in the more rugged Western Conference. Few would have been surprised if this team would have played .500 ball this season.  As their players return to health, the T-Wolves could provide great value in the weeks ahead. 

Remember that in matchups of West vs. East, the West stands 160-89 SU. With Philadelphia just 2-17 SU vs. the West and NBA single digit road chalk a highly profitable 120-82 ATS on our NBA odds, we confidently lineup with Minnesota as they begin their ascent up the NBA Western Conference ladder.

NBA Pick: Take Minnesota -3.5 at 5Dimes

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