Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction ATS

by | Apr 10, 2022 | nba

Chicago Bulls (45-36 SU, 41-39-1 ATS) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (46-35 SU, 42-37-2 ATS)

When: Sunday April 10 2022, 08:30 PM (ET)

Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

TV: NBCSCH+

Point Spread: CHI +7.5/MIN -7.5 (Opened MIN -6.5 at Bovada - Did you know they give their players a rebate on EVERY SINGLE BET; win, lose or draw?)

Total: 230.5 (Opened at 231.5)

Money Line: Chicago 248/Minnesota -312

Power Rating: MIN -7.5

Probable Starting Lineups

Chicago Bulls PG Ayo Dosunmu, SG Javonte Green, SF Troy Brown Jr, PF Patrick Williams, C Tristan Thompson

Minnesota Timberwolves PG Patrick Beverley Q, SG D’Angelo Russell Q, SF Anthony Edwards, PF Jarred Vanderbilt, C Naz Reid

Key Injuries

Chicago Bulls
DeMar DeRozan: Rest (OUT)
Zach LaVine: Knee (OUT)
Nikola Vucevic: Rest (OUT)
Matt Thomas: Leg (OUT)
Alex Caruso: Back (OUT)
Coby White: Toe (DOUBTFUL)
Lonzo Ball: Knee (OUT)

Minnesota Timberwolves
D’Angelo Russell: Illness (QUESTIONABLE)
Karl-Anthony Towns: Rest (OUT)
Patrick Beverley: Ankle (QUESTIONABLE)

The Minnesota Timberwolves host the Chicago Bulls in a Non-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 08:30 PM ET at the Target Center.

Recent Form

The Chicago Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 45-36, placing them 6th in the Eastern Conference. Throughout the season, Chicago has struggled in their 40 road contests, sitting at 18-22. Over the Bulls’ last five games, they have picked up just 1 win. In this stretch, Chicago’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 112.0 points per game. Combined, the Bulls’ last five opponents are giving up 109.0 points per contest. A key reason for Chicago’s recent struggles is a defensive unit giving up 127.0 points over their previous five contests. This figure is up from their season average of 111.9. In the Chicago Bulls’ most recent game, the team fell to Charlotte by a score of 133-117.

The Minnesota Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 46-35, placing them 7th in the Western Conference. So far, Minnesota is above .500 at home, holding a record of 26-14. The Timberwolves have played well over their last five games, picking up 3 wins. During this stretch, Minnesota is averaging 124.0 points per game, 8.0 points more than their season average of 115.9. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 112.0 points per contest. Even though the Timberwolves have been adding to the win column, their opponents have had no trouble scoring the ball, averaging 128.0 points per game, up from Minnesota’s usual rate of 113.2. In the Minnesota Timberwolves’ most recent game, Minnesota took down San Antonio by a score of 127-121.

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Individual Player Analysis

As Chicago travels to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Bulls will be looking for players such as Ayo Dosunmu to carry the scoring load as Zach Lavine, and DeMar DeRozan will not play. So far, the Timberwolves are allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 47.76% of their games, placing them 11th among NBA defenses. On the other side, Anthony Edwards will take on a bigger role as Karl-Anthony Townes will get some rest before the play-in game. Given that Chicago’s defense has struggled to slow down their opponent’s top scorers, Edwards should be in line for a big performance. So far, the Bulls have allowed their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 51.67% of their games, giving them a rank of 20th among NBA defenses.

Matchup Analysis

Heading into this matchup, the Minnesota Timberwolves are the more efficient team on both ends of the court. This scenario has taken place in 17 of Minnesota’s 80 games, leading to a winning percentage of 82%. So far, the Chicago Bulls have played 12 games as the inferior offensive and defensive unit. In these instances, they have lost 12 times, by an average margin of -15.0 points.

The Historicals

Heading into today’s matchup, the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves have met up for 1 game. Chicago took game one by a score of 134-122.

How the Public is Betting the Bulls vs Timberwolves

67% are betting the Wolves against the spread.

52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of No Odds

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Bulls are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Sunday games.
  • Bulls are 17-36 ATS in their last 53 games as an underdog.
  • Timberwolves are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games as a home favorite.
  • Timberwolves are 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 home games.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

Both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls come into their final game of the season knowing they will be participating in the post-season. After today’s game, Minnesota will shift their attention to a matchup with the Clippers in the 7/8 play-in game. On the other side, Chicago knows it will enter the playoffs as the 6 seed, but they do not yet know their opponent as there is a logjam between Milwaukee, Boston, and Philadelphia at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. With each team looking to rest some of its key players, the spread is sitting 7.5 points in favor of Minnesota. If Anthony Edwards is going to play for the Wolves, I expect them to cover the spread at home. Question: When you bet on games at your sportsbook, do they make you pay -110 odds? If so, you seriously need to get over to Betanysports where you can start laying -105! Making the switch will save you THOUSANDS of dollars in unnecessarily risked money!