Trail Blazers vs Timberwolves Prediction - NBA Picks 4/2/23

Minnesota Timberwolves (39-39) vs Portland Trail Blazers (32-45)

Game Info: Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 3:30 pm (Target Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Timberwolves -15.5 -- Over/Under: 229.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers invade the Target Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday afternoon.

The Portland Trail Blazers have been one of the coldest teams in the league as they’ve lost 11 of their last 12 games overall and they will be hoping to arrest a five-game slide after getting blown out by the Kings in a 138-114 loss on Friday. Shaedon Sharpe led the team with 27 points and five assists on 10 of 20 shooting, Drew Eubanks added 18 points with 10 rebounds while Skylar Mays chipped in with 14 points and six assists. As a team, the Trail Blazers shot 47 percent from the field and 19 of 38 from the 3-point line as they struggled to match the intensity of the Kings from the start and got outscored in every quarter to lose big in the end.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in a rut as they’ve lost five of their last nine games overall and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after getting routed by the Lakers in a 123-111 loss on Friday. Mike Conley led the team with 25 points and seven assists on seven of 11 shooting, Karl-Anthony Towns added 23 points with eight rebounds while Kyle Anderson chipped in with 17 points and six assists off the bench. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 43 percent from the field and 13 of 39 from the 3-point line as they got off to a quick start and built an early 13-point lead in the first half, only to get dominated in the second half by 68-46 to lose by double digits in a disappointing finish.

Looking at the betting trends, the Trail Blazers are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 road games, 2-7 ATS in their last nine games following a loss and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Timberwolves are 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a double-digit loss at home.

Head to head, the Trail Blazers are 0-6 ATS in the last six meetings in Minnesota and the Trail Blazers are 43-20-2 ATS in the last 65 meetings overall.

The Trail Blazers are again without a bunch of players including, Damian Lillard, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic and Anfernee Simons, while the Timberwolves are keeping eyes on Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns and Austin Rivers who are all questionable. The line is quite hefty for this one, but the Trail Blazers really have been that bad lately as they are going with their reserves with the season all but over. I think the Timberwolves bounce back into form with a much-needed blowout win in this one.

Peter’s Pick Minnesota -15.5

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