Minnesota Timberwolves at Orlando Magic - 3/11/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

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The Minnesota Timberwolves pay a visit to the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on Friday night.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been on fire as they’ve won nine of their last 11 games overall and they will be eager to build on their season-high six-game win streak after dismantling the Thunder in a 132-102 home win on Wednesday. Malik Beasley added 33 points on 11 of 17 shooting, Anthony Edwards added 16 points, Taurean Prince scored 17 points off the bench while Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in with 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 52 percent from the field and a sizzling 22 of 52 from the 3-point line as they dominated right from the start, exploding for 74 points in the first half to take a 27-point lead into halftime which allowed them to cruise in the second half and rest their starters early.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been in decent shape as they’ve won four of their last seven games overall and they will be eager to stay hot after beating the Pelicans in a 108-102 road win on Wednesday. Cole Anthony led the team with 19 points and five assists, Gary Harris added 16 points off the bench while Franz Wagner chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Magic shot 47 percent from the field and 14 of 37 from the 3-point line as they set their tone defensively by holding the Pelicans to just 17 points in the first quarter to lead for the majority of the game before pulling away in the fourth quarter as they made eight free throws in the final 1:12 to hold off a late rally from the Pelicans.

Looking at the betting trends, the Timberwolves are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a losing record and 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall. The Magic are 11-27-1 ATS in their last 39 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Orlando, the Timberwolves are 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall and the Timberwolves are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Orlando.

The Timberwolves could be shorthanded as Taurean Prince, Jarred Vanderbilt and Jordan McLaughlin are all listed as questionable. The Magic have come to life with four wins in their last seven games after struggling for most of the season and they will be full of confidence after taking down the streaking Pelicans in their last outing. This is a tough one to pick, but the Timberwolves are only 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Orlando and they have a few players under an injury cloud, so I’ll side with the Magic and the points in this spot.


The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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