Philadelphia 76ers vs. Timberwolves Predictions 2/25/22

by | Feb 25, 2022 | nba

Philadelphia 76ers (35-23 SU, 29-29-0 ATS) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (32-28 SU, 31-28-1 ATS)

When: Friday February 25 2022, 08:00 PM (ET)

Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

TV: NBCSP

Point Spread: PHI -2.5/MIN +2.5(Opened at MIN -1.5 at Bookmaker - The biggest and second oldest bookie on the web! This is where the pros play!)

Total: 227.0 (Opened at 229.5)

Money Line: Philadelphia -130/Minnesota 110

Power Rating: PHI -2.5

Probable Starting Lineups

Philadelphia 76ers PG James Harden IN, SG Tyrese Maxey, SF Matisse Thybulle, PF Tobias Harris, C Joel Embiid

Minnesota Timberwolves PG Patrick Beverley, SG D’Angelo Russell, SF Anthony Edwards, PF Jarred Vanderbilt, C Karl-Anthony Towns

Key Injuries

76ers
James Harden: hamstring (PROBABLE)

Timberwolves
McKinley Wright IV: elbow (OUT)

The Minnesota Timberwolves host the Philadelphia 76ers in a non-conference matchup. Tip-off at the Target Center is set for 8:00 PM ET

Recent Form

The Philadelphia 76ers come into this game with an overall record of 35-23, placing them 3rd in the Eastern Conference. So far, Philadelphia is above .500 on the road, holding a record of 19-10. Over their last five games, the 76ers have played well, picking up 3 wins. In this stretch, Philadelphia’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 104.0 points per game. Combined, the 76ers’ last five opponents are giving up 106.0 points per contest. Even though Philadelphia has been picking up wins, their opponents have had no trouble scoring the ball, averaging 110.0 points per game, up from the 76ers’ usual rate of 106.0. In the Philadelphia 76ers’ most recent game, Philadelphia took down Milwaukee by a score of 123-120

The Minnesota Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 32-28, placing them 7th in the Western Conference. So far, Minnesota is above .500 at home, holding a record of 18-11. The Timberwolves have played well over their last five games, picking up 3 wins. During this stretch, Minnesota is averaging 117.0 points per game, 4.0 points more than their season average of 113.3. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 111.0 points per contest. Even though the Timberwolves have been adding to the win column, their opponents have had no trouble scoring the ball, averaging 118.0 points per game, up from Minnesota’s usual rate of 111.8. In the Minnesota Timberwolves’ most recent game, Minnesota took down Memphis by a score of 119-114.

Individual Player Analysis

As Philadelphia travels to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, the 76ers’ leading scorer is Joel Embiid. Through 47 games, Embiid is averaging 29 points. On the season, he has surpassed his season average in 55.0% of his games. As Embiid gets set to take on the Timberwolves, he could be in line for a big game as Minnesota is allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 57.45 of their games. This figure places them 29th among NBA defenses. On the other side, Karl-Anthony Towns leads the Timberwolves in scoring, averaging 24 points across his 53 games. Throughout the season, Towns has outscored his season average in 49.0% of his outings. However, if he hopes to add to this total, Towns will need to do so against a 76ers defense that has been tough on their opponent’s top scorers. So far, leading scores have surpassed their season average at a rate of just 44.44%. This figure is good for a rank of 10th in the league.

Matchup Analysis

The Timberwolves come into this game as the more efficient offensive team, averaging 108.4 points per 100 possessions. When playing as the superior offensive unit, Minnesota is winning at a rate of 63%. These wins are coming by an average margin of 11.0 points. On the other side, the 76ers hold the advantage on the defensive end of the floor. So far, they have played 21 games as the better defensive team, picking up 16 wins.

The Historicals

Tonight’s matchup will be the second meeting of the season between the 76ers and Timberwolves. In game one, the two team’s went into double overtime, with Minnesota picking up the win.

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How the Public is Betting the 76ers vs Timberwolves

83% are betting the 76ers against the spread.

86% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 228

Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • 76ers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
  • 76ers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games.
  • Timberwolves are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Timberwolves are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

Tonight’s game marks the beginning of the James Harden era in Philadelphia. Even without Harden, the team has played well, ranking 3rd in a crowded Eastern Conference. Look for the combination of Joel Embiid and James Harden to get off to a good start in a win over the Wolves that also covers the spread. Bet your Sixers vs. TWolves pick for FREE by scoring a 50% real cash bonus at the sportsbook that offer the absolute best live wagering platform on the web: Bovada Sportsbook! They pay fast too!