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Toronto Raptors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 1-18-2020

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#555 Toronto Raptors
Raptors -5
#556 Minnesota Timberwolves
Timberwolves 5

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:35pm

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Game Stats

Toronto Raptors

27 - 14

22-18
ATS
21-20
O/U
111
PPG
105
OPPG

Minnesota Timberwolves

15 - 26

17-22
ATS
22-19
O/U
111
PPG
114
OPPG

Featured Video from Scott Reichel

The Minnesota Timberwolves welcome the Toronto Raptors to Target Center for the second of a back-to-back set on Saturday night. The Timberwolves have lost four games on the bounce, while Toronto scored 140 in their previous game.

Toronto put up franchise record 140!

Form

The Raptors have alternated between wins and losses for a while, but they finally snapped that consistent streak with a run of two straight wins. After thrashing the Washington Wizards 140-111 in their previous game, the Raptors are now 27-14 for the season.

Last game

This is the highest tally for the Raptors in regulation time. Norman Powell had 28 points, while Marc Gasol scored 20 points, a season-high, including six three-pointers. The Raptors were 22 of 43 from distance, which is more than 50%.

What was said? (According to the Associated Press)

"Marc played for 19 straight months," coach Nurse said of Gasol. "He finally had a month off, so he's got a little bounce back. Sitting for a few weeks kind of makes you itch a little bit and makes you want to really play and get back and help your team win."

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Timberwolves get Towns back, but lose again

Form

It's slightly bizarre. The Timberwolves started the season quite well actually, but have since lost all their form despite having the majority of their players fit. They have now lost their last four games to fall to 15-26 for the season.

Last game

Karl Anthony Towns returned to the line-up and scored 27 in a 116-114 defeat to the Indiana Pacers. Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points. At least, the outlook is a bit brighter now with Towns back.

What was said? (According to the Associated Press)

"Having him out, we had to get through it," Wiggins said of Towns. "I'm glad to have him back and I'm not surprised he played so well. That's what he does. He's a natural born hooper."

Efficiency

The Timberwolves have been decent offensively, scoring an average of 111 points per game, but their problem is that they are also allowing 114 points every game, which is far too high for defensive prowess.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Timberwolves will now make steady progress with Towns back. He is a solid point-scorer and will help tremendously on the defensive end as well. The Raptors might still ending up sneaking an outright win, but the Timberwolves are pushovers no more. Expect them to challenge the spread.

Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Raptors are coming off a monster game in their previous outing against Washington. The Timberwolves' defense isn't very proficient. Their offense is solid, scoring more than 110 points every game. There are plenty of signs that this game will head over the total.

Prediction: Over

Nikhil Kalro

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