Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves - 3/5/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves - 3/5/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves (34-29) vs Portland Trail Blazers (25-37)

Game Info: Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Timberwolves -13.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Saturday in NBA action at the Target Center. The Portland Trail Blazers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a win after winning six of their last eight games.

The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 107.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 112.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Josh Hart is averaging 17.5 points and 5.2 rebounds, while Anfernee Simons is averaging 17 points and 3.9 assists. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Justise Winslow is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 113.6 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 112.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 24.5 points and 3.9 assists, while Anthony Edwards is averaging 21.4 points and 3.7 assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Beasley is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game.

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The Trail Blazers are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Timberwolves are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The under is 8-3-1 in Trail Blazers last 12 overall. The over is 36-16 in Timberwolves last 52 overall. The Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota and 41-17-2 ATS in the last 60 meetings.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have become very good at home, and they should take full advantage of games like this if they're going to be a serious playoff threat. The issue is the Timberwolves are still a young team that's learning how to win consistently, and they're on the end of a back to back. I love the Timberwolves in the underdog role or small favorite role, but they're not a team I'm thrilled to lay a massive amount of points with. Give me the Trail Blazers and the boatload of points.

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Randy’s Pick Portland Trail Blazers +13.5

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