Milwaukee Bucks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 1/1/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Timberwolves (12-20) at Milwaukee Bucks (30-5)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Fiserv Forum)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -17 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Fiserv Forum.
The Minnesota Timberwolves need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 112.3 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 115.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 26.5 points and 11.7 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 24.8 points and 3.3 assists. Jeff Teague is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost seven of their last eight road games.
The Milwaukee Bucks look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 119.8 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 30.5 points and 12.9 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 18.7 points and 5.6 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and George Hill is dishing three assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51.7 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won 16 of their last 17 home games.
The Timberwolves are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Bucks are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Timberwolves last 4 road games. The under is 5-2 in Bucks last 7 overall. The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Milwaukee and 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings. The under is 12-5-1 in the last 18 meetings.
Few bash the Minnesota Timberwolves as much as me, as I've been calling this team soft for many years and it doesn't seem to be getting better at the moment. The Milwaukee Bucks are more than capable of covering this giant number, but they're also just 7-8 ATS as a double-digit favorite this season. This is about as big as a spread will get in the NBA and no matter the difference in teams, it's hard for me to turn down this many free points with an NBA team on the other side. I'll pinch my nose and side with the Timberwolves.