Timberwolves vs. Magic Predictions 3/11/22

by | Mar 11, 2022 | nba

Minnesota Timberwolves (38-29 SU, 36-29-2 ATS) vs. Orlando Magic (17-50 SU, 31-36-0 ATS)

When: Friday March 11 2022, 07:00 PM (ET)

Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida

TV: BSNX

Point Spread: MIN -7.5/ORL +7.5 (Opened MIN -7.5 at WagerWeb - You can tease basketball bets up to 20 points there!)

Total: 232.5 (Opened at 232.5)

Money Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -353/Orlando Magic 273

Power Rating: MIN -8

Probable Starting Lineups

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

Orlando Magic PG Cole Anthony, SG Jalen Suggs, SF Franz Wagner, PF Wendell Carter Jr., C Mo Bamba

Key Injuries

Minnesota Timberwolves
Taurean Prince: Back (QUESTIONABLE)
Jordan McLaughlin: Groin (QUESTIONABLE)
Anthony Edwards: Knee (QUESTIONABLE)
Jarred Vanderbilt: Quadricep (QUESTIONABLE)
Patrick Beverley: Ankle (QUESTIONABLE)
McKinley Wright IV: Elbow (OUT)

Orlando Magic
Markelle Fultz: Knee (PROBABLE)
Bol Bol: Foot (OUT)
Jonathan Isaac: Knee (OUT)

The Orlando Magic host the Minnesota Timberwolves in a Non-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 07:00 PM ET at the Amway Center.

Recent Form

The Minnesota Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 38-29, placing them 7th in the Western Conference. Throughout the season, Minnesota has struggled in their 33 road contests, sitting at 16-17. Over their last five games, the Timberwolves have played well, picking up 5 wins. During this stretch, Minnesota is averaging 132.0 points per game, 17.0 points more than their season average of 114.7. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 110.0 points per contest. Minnesota comes into this game also playing well defensively, holding their opponents to just 104.0 points per game. An improvement on their season average of 111.6. In the Minnesota Timberwolves’ most recent game, Minnesota took down the Okla City by a score of 132-102

The Orlando Magic come into this game with an overall record of 17-50, placing them 15th in the Eastern Conference. Throughout the season, Orlando has struggled in their 30 home contests, sitting at 7-23. Over the Magic’s last five games, they have picked up just 2 wins. In this stretch, Orlando’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 104.0 points per game. Combined, the Magic’s last five opponents are giving up 109.0 points per contest. In this recent cold stretch, the Magic are allowing an average of 109.0 points per game, similar to their usual rate of 111.6. In the Orlando Magic’s most recent game, Orlando took down New Orleans by a score of 108-102.

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Individual Player Analysis

As Minnesota travels to take on the Orlando Magic, the Timberwolves leading scorer is Karl-Anthony Towns. Through 61 games, Towns is averaging 24 points. On the season, he has surpassed his season average in 49.0% of his games. Against the Magic, Towns will need to be on top of his game as Orlando is allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their average in 30.0% of their games, placing them in the top 10. On the other side, Cole Anthony leads the Magic in scoring, averaging 17 points across his 60 games. Throughout the season, Anthony has outscored his season average in 42.0% of his outings. However, if he hopes to add to this total, Anthony will need to do so against a Timberwolves 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 36.0%. This figure is good for a rank of 3rd in the league.

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 18 of Minnesota’s 33 games, leading to a winning percentage of 67%. So far, the Orlando Magic have played 47 games as the inferior offensive and defensive unit. In these instances, they have lost 47 times, by an average margin of -13.0 points.

The Historicals

Heading into today’s matchup, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic have met up for 1 game. Orlando took game one by a score of 115-97.

How the Public is Betting the Timberwolves vs Magic

67% are betting the Wolves against the spread.

52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 233.0

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Timberwolves are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
  • Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

Heading into this matchup, the Minnesota Timberwolves are 7 points favorites on the road. Keep an eye out for the status of Anthony Edwards, as he is questionable with a knee injury. On the season, the Wolves have been a good betting team, posting an ATS record of 36-29-2, including two straight wins vs the spread. Look for Minnesota to pull of the win and cover the spread, as they are in the thick of the playoff race, and can’t afford to take a night off, even against a struggling opponent. Bet your March Madness picks for FREE by taking advantage of a 100% REAL CASH bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $1000 at Betnow Sportsbook! It’s the best sportsbook bonus you’ll ever see from a legit online bookie!