Friday, January 8, 2016
For Updated Odds on This Game Click Here
The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Target Center to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, January 8, 2016. The opening line for this game has Cleveland as 9.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 201.
The Cavaliers come into this game with an overall record of 24-9 and a road record of 9-8. They are 1st in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of 5.8 as they are averaging 101.1 points per game while giving up 95.3 per contest. The Timberwolves have an overall record of 12-24 and a home record of 5-14. They currently are 5th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 98.9 points per game and surrendering 102.2, good for a point differential of -3.3.
LeBron James comes into this contest averaging 25.8 points per game while playing 35.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Cavaliers. He pulls down 7.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 50% while his free throw percentage is currently at 72%. Kevin Love averages 16.2 points per game in 32.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.4 assists per contest and 10.6 rebounds per game for Cleveland. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Andrew Wiggins averages 20.1 points per game while playing 34.7 minutes per contest this year for the Timberwolves. He grabs 3.8 rebounds per game and has 1.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 73%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 15.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 9.5 rebounds per contest and 1.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Cleveland averages 101.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 5.8 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 10th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 10th in the league. They average 53.4 rebounds per game and 22.2 assists per game which ranks them 8th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 14.2 per game. The Cavaliers allow 95.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 3rd in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 11th and 11th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 49.7 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 20.6 assists per contest which puts them in 9th place in the league. They force 13.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in the league.
Minnesota averages 98.9 points per game this year which ranks them 21st in the league. Their average scoring margin is -3.3 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 13th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 25th in the NBA. They average 50.5 rebounds per game and 21.6 assists per contest which ranks them 25th and 14th respectively. In the turnover department the Timberwolves rank 22nd with 15 per game. The Timberwolves allow 102.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 20th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 20th and 14th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 51.7 rebounds a game which ranks 11th and they give up 21.9 assists per contest which puts them in 17th place in the league. The Timberwolves force 15.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 10th in the NBA.
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 14-18-1 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 15-18-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 14-21-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 17-18-1 against the over/under
Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
01/05/16 G Joe Harris Foot out indefinitely
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
No key injuries to report
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Guy Bruhn
Get all of Today's NBA Picks
Get all of Today's Guaranteed Expert NBA Picks