Portland Trail Blazers vs Minnesota Timberwolves

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The Portland Trail Blazers will be desperate to return to winning ways after a minor slip against Phoenix on Friday when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday evening. The T-Wolves are 8-29 for the season.

Suns snap Trail Blazers’ three-game winning run

Season form

Devin Booker and the Suns halted the Trail Blazers’ three-game winning streak on Friday. The Trail Blazers slipped a touch to 21-15 for the season as they were beaten 127-121 by Phoenix. They are now third in the Northwest Division.

As reported by AP: It was the second of three games between the teams this season. The Suns won the first, 132-100 in Phoenix last month. The teams played in Portland on March 10 of last year, the last game for both teams before the league was suspended by coronavirus concerns. The Blazers won 127-117.

What was said?

“We played them better this time than last time, which was encouraging,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “We’ll see what happens next time.”

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T-Wolves break nine-game losing streak with Pelicans rout

Season form

The T-Wolves are yet to reach 10 wins this season. That’s how bad their season has been. At least, a nine-game losing streak was broken when they beat the New Orleans Pelicans 135-105 in the previous game on Friday. They are now 8-29 for the season.

What was said?

“It also was the most fun that I had,” Nowell said. “We all were having fun, just happy for each other. And that’s what kind of led to me feeling good, so I just decided to turn it up, get more buckets. When I felt it was the right time to start scoring, I did it.”

According to AP, the remarkable 46-point swing gave Timberwolves coach Chris Finch, a New Orleans assistant the previous three seasons, his first victory in six games since taking his first NBA head-coaching job with Minnesota on Feb. 22.

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The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Trail Blazers have hit good form at the right time, despite CJ McCollum’s discernible absence. They will also be up against a team that hasn’t quite managed any rhythm or fluency right through the season. The Trail Blazers will continue to rely on Damian Lillard to lead their offense through the closing stages. That should make a big difference because if this game gets tight, then there is enough confidence in the Portland camp.

Prediction:
Portland -4.5

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

This will be a high-charged game with the ball moving up and down the court quickly. However, the Timberwolves have struggled for efficiency, which will make a big difference. They have managed just 108 points per game, ranking them 23rd in the NBA. The Trail Blazers are much better, putting up 114 points per game, 11th in the league. Still, there is enough to suggest the points total will stay around 225.

Prediction:
Under 233