NBA Matchup Insight
The Trail Blazers have not won since before the All Star break and now they are on the outside looking in at the 9th seed in the West 1.5 games behind the Denver Nuggets.
Minnesota Timberwolves (18-19) at Portland TrailBlazers (18-18)
When: 10 PM ET, Saturday, March, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, OR
Broadcast: NBA TV
T-Wolves vs. Blazers Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Blazers -6
*NBA ATS Matchup Report*
The T-Wolves have also lost 2 straight, but if they win tonight they can take over 9th in the West since they are only 1/2 game back of the Blazers.
The Blazers have beaten the T-Wolves in 16 straight games.
After being stellar at home for most of the first half Portland has now lost 5 of their last 7 games.
Minnesota has been ice cold the last couple of games shooting under 40% from the floor and if that happens again they will lose their 3rd straight.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points in the Blazers last loss, but he has been solid against the T-Wolves averaging nearly 29 ppg and 9 rpg in his last 5 games facing them.
The Blazers struggled on D in their last loss to the Miami Heat and their interior D will have to key on Kevin Love (24.5 ppg), Michael Beasley (12.5 ppg), and C Nikola Pekovic (12.4 ppg).
The perimeter defense also has to keep Minn PG Ricky Rubio from getting into the lane and dishing out the rock for easy buckets.
Love is shooting under 30% from the floor in his last 5 games and he is the key for the T-Wolves with his scoring and rebounding.
Aldridge and Marcus Camby have to hit the glass tonight, especially keeping Love from dominating the boards, as the Blazers only rank 22nd in the league in rebounds per game while the T-Wolves rank 3rd.
T-Wolves vs. Blazers Handicapping Preview
This season the Blazers are 18-17-1 ATS with an O/U record of 17-19 and the T-Wolves are 20-17 ATS with an O/U record of 16-19-2.
In some betting trends for this Northwest Division match up the T-Wolves are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games as an underdog, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss, and they have an Over record of 9-3 in their last 12 road games.
The Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, and they have an Over record of 6-2 in their last 8 home games.
Pick: The Blazers are struggling, but in their last 2 games they faced Miami at home and a solid Nuggets’ team on the road. The Blazers will snap out of their funk tonight and win and cover the 6-point spread.
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