Minnesota Timberwolves at Chicago Bulls - 2/24/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Bulls (14-16) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (7-24)
Game Info: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
Betting Odds: Chicago Bulls -4.5 -- Over/Under: 227 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Chicago Bulls duke it out at the United Center on Wednesday night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been in a real slump as they’ve lost eight of their last nine games and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after falling just short to the Knicks in a 103-99 road loss on Sunday. Karl-Anthony Towns led the team with 27 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks, Ricky Rubio added 18 points with six assists while Anthony Edwards chipped in with just 12 points on three of 11 shooting. As a team, the Timberwolves shot just 40 percent from the field and 16 of 35 from the 3-point line as they got off to a slow start and were always playing from behind after scoring just 18 points in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been in pretty good shape lately as they’ve won four of their last five games and they will be looking for a third straight victory after blowing out the Rockets in a 120-100 road win on Monday. Coby White led the team with 24 points and 10 rebounds on 10 of 16 shooting, Zach LaVine added 21 points with six assists, Wendell Carter Jr. added 18 points with 13 rebounds and three blocks while Thaddeus Young chipped in with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists off the bench. As a team, the Bulls shot a healthy 53 percent from the field and 15 of 36 from the 3-point line as they took a narrow lead at halftime, before exploding for 46 points in the third quarter to put the game to bed early.
Looking at the betting trends, the Timberwolves are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight road games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days’ rest and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings overall and the Timberwolves are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Timberwolves haven’t been able to build any momentum this season and they’re coming into this one off a tough loss to the Knicks, while the Bulls have come to life over their last five games despite their long list of injuries. The Timberwolves are fully capable of pulling off the upset, especially with the Bulls so shorthanded, but they’ve been one of the most disappointing teams all season and I think that will continue here. Give me the Bulls to get the win and cover behind a big game from LaVine.