Raptors vs. Wolves - Free NBA Pick, Jan 20th

Minnesota Timberwolves

Jordan Sharp

Saturday, January 20, 2018 5:49 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 5:49 PM UTC

Toronto is coming off a tough win on Friday night against the Spurs in a pick we won. However, now they have another tough game on the second night of a back-to-back against the Wolves, and recently the Raptors have struggled playing on the road and on no rest.

Raptors vs. Wolves

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Free NBA Pick: Wolves -3Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

Toronto is one of the best five or six teams in the NBA right now, but playing on no rest in January is not easy for any team. Coming off a hard-fought win, their energy level on the road against this talented Wolves team may be too much to overcome.

The Wolves are also coming in off two straight losses both ATS and SU, so you know that coach Tom Thibodeau is going to have his team ready to play tonight at home in order to stop the losing streak.

Plus, even though the Raptors are 3-3 ATS this season playing on no rest, in their last four games played on the second night of a back-to-back, they are 1-3 ATS.

The biggest factor in this one other than the tired Raptors is the Wolves’ defense. They have started to climb out of the gutter in that area with a 106.7 defensive rating and since December 28 they have really taken off, allowing 103.0 points per 100 possessions, which ranks fifth-best in the league during that stretch.

Against a team that played another tough opponent last night, this game should be one the Wolves can control. Jimmy Butler will cancel out DeMar DeRozan, while Jeff Teague can hopefully play solid enough defense on Kyle Lowry and get some shots for Karl-Anthony Towns.

Despite losing their last two games ATS, the Wolves are 5-2 ATS in their last seven, 10-6 ATS in their last 16 overall, and they have covered their last six home games in a row. All of this coincides with their defense starting to improve over the last three weeks or so.

Even though the Raptors are 13-11 ATS on the road this season, they are 2-4 ATS in their last six road contests, and they are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games against Western Conference opponents.

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