In this all-Western showdown two teams coming off different results in their latest matchups are clashing, when the Utah Jazz (6-7), who have just ended a losing streak, are hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-5), who are looking to snap a losing streak of their own.
Date/Time: 11-13-2017, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Utah Jazz +3.5
Timberwolves have a 7-5 record (5-6-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 6th place of the West. They have two consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against Phoenix with a 110-118 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Karl-Anthony Towns with 20.9 ppg and a team high 11.1 rebounds per game. He is followed by Andrew Wiggins with 20.2 ppg, while Jimmy Butler adds 15.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 4.2 assists.
Utah Jazz have a 6-7 record (7-6 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 9th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a four-game losing streak by winning at home against Brooklyn with a 114-106 score. They are led in scoring by Rodney Hood with 15.6, while Ricky Rubio adds 14.5 ppg, adding a team high 5.8 assists per game. The rookie Donovan Mitchell adds 13.9 ppg, while Rudy Gobert adds 13.9 ppg and a team high 10.5 rebounds per game.
In their latest matchup earlier this season, Minnesota won at home with a 100-97 score. Jazz are 6-3 at home so far this season, while Wolves are 3-4 on the road. Wolves are better offensively, scoring 108.8 ppg to Jazz’s second-worse of 98.3, while Jazz are better defensively, allowing 99.6 ppg to Wolves’ 111.8. Wolves have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46.2% to Jazz’s third-worse of 43.1% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 35.4% to Jazz’s 34.7%. Wolves are also better in rebounding, grabbing 43 to Jazz’s 41.1, in assists made, with 22 to Jazz’s 19.3 and in turnovers committed (15.8 to 16.9). Vegas odds give Wolves a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against the inefficient lately Jazz.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Utah Jazz Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves -3.5 (-111)
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