Minnesota Timberwolves vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, Pick and Preview, February 28 (2/28): NBA

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, Pick and Preview, February 28 (2/28): NBA

Credit: photo by Nick Wosika- USA TODAY Sports

 
Odds
Time 7:00 p.m. EST
Twolves money line -120
Twolves spread -1.5
Cavs money line +110
Cavs spread +1.5
Over / under 222.5

 

2021-2022 season stats
  Minnesota Timberwolves Cleveland Cavaliers
Record 32-29 36-24
Road / home record 14-17 19-9
Streak L1 W1
Points per game 113.08 106.35
Points allowed per game 112.10 102.30
Rebounds per game 44.72 44.90
Rebounds allowed per game 46.59 43.40
Over / under record 37-24 22-36-2

 

Preview

The Minnesota Timberwolves hit the road and will visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. These teams met in December and the Cavaliers beat the Twolves 123-106 at Minnesota.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

The Timberwolves are 14-17 on the road this season and are 7th in the Western Conference. They are coming from a loss against the 76ers. Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 25 points, and D'Angelo Russell had 21. But the Timberwolves couldn't replicate the dramatic win in Philadelphia earlier this season.

D'Angelo Russell is averaging 19.3 points and seven assists for the Timberwolves. Towns is averaging 24.3 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

In their last 10 games the Timberwolves are 6-4, averaging 118.8 points, 42.9 rebounds, 27.4 assists, 7.2 steals and 5.9 blocks per game while shooting 45.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.2 points.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

After losing 3 straight games the Cavs bounced back and beat the Wizards 92-86 at home but didn't cover the -8.5 spread. The Cavaliers are 19-9 in home games. and rank fourth in the Eastern Conference. 

Darius Garland is shooting 47.7% and averaging 20.3 points for the Cavaliers. Allen is averaging 16.4 points over the last 10 games for Cleveland.

In their last 10 games the Cavaliersa are 6-4, averaging 102.6 points, 43.4 rebounds, 23.1 assists, 7.1 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 45.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 101.5 points per game.

INJURIES: Garland, Levert and Rondo are out.

BETTING TRENDS

Minnesota are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games.

Minnesota are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games against Cleveland.

Cleveland are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cleveland's last 8 games at home.

Prediction

The Cavs won't count with Garland, Levert and Rondo for this game and they're 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games, defensively rank #1 in the NBA but I think the Twolves offense will be much superior this time with the Cavs missing some of their best players. 

PICK: Timberwolves ML (-120)

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