Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 1/2/2015
Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Target Center in Minneapolis
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On Saturday night, the Utah Jazz will be visiting the Minnesota Timberwolves in a game between two of the lowest scoring teams from the Western Conference.
The Jazz and the Timberwolves played each other for the first time this season this past Tuesday, with the Jazz pulling off a 100-94 home win. Both teams shot the ball pretty well in that game, but Utah came away with a 43-34 rebounding advantage.
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In 13 career games against Minnesota, Jazz power forward Derrick Favors has been able to average 8.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Small forward Gordon Hayward has scored 12.3 points per game against the Wolves in his career, while fourth-year center Enes Kanter has averaged 8.9 points and 5.2 boards per game against them in nine career games.
The Timberwolves lost their 10th game in a row on Thursday night when the Sacramento Kings beat them 110-107 in Minnesota. They shot the ball pretty well in that loss, but they also allowed the Kings to make 54.1 percent of their field goal attempts.
Through 31 games, the Timberwolves have one of the worst defenses in the NBA by giving up nearly 109 points per game. Backup center Gorgui Dieng is averaging just under 10 points per game this season and has made 50.7 percent of his shots. Small forward Shabazz Muhammad is averaging 13.9 points per game while making 45.7 percent of his three-point attempts.
Utah Jazz Betting Trends
Utah Jazz are 17-15-0 Against the Spread
Utah Jazz are 14-17-0 against the Over/Under
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
Minnesota Timberwolves are 12-18-1 Against the Spread
Minnesota Timberwolves are 17-14-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/30/14 G Alec Burks Shoulder out for season
01/02/15 F Rodney Hood Heel "?" Friday vs. Atlanta
11/29/14 C Nikola Pekovic Wrist out indefinitely
11/21/14 G Kevin Martin Wrist out indefinitely
11/08/14 G Ricky Rubio Ankle out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Utah
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