Timberwolves vs Bulls predictions 1/22/2020 NBA Picks & Betting Tips
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago -1
Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-28, 5th in the Northwest Division) go to United Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Chicago Bulls (16-29, 4th in the Central Division). Chicago opens this matchup as 1 point favorites. The over/under is set at 219.5.
The Timberwolves cover the spread 41.5% of the time, having gone 17-24-2 ATS. Chicago covers the spread 47.7% of the time, going 21-23-1 against the spread.
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
01/20/20 SF Jake Layman Toe is questionable Wednesday vs Chicago
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
11/08/19 SF Otto Porter Jr. Foot is out indefinitely
01/09/20 F Wendell Carter Jr. Ankle is out indefinitely
Andrew Wiggins comes into this contest averaging 22.4 points per game while playing 34.7 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 5.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 75%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 26.0 points per game in 33.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.3 assists per contest and 11.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 50% for the year while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Zach Lavine averages 25.0 points per game while playing 34.1 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.7 rebounds per game and has 3.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 83%. Lauri Markkanen averages 14.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.5 rebounds per contest and 1.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota averages 111.1 points per contest this season, which ranks them 15th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -3.4 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 29th. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 29th in the league. They average 46.1 rebounds per game and 22.9 assists per game, which ranks them 6th and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 10th with 15.2 per game. The Timberwolves allow 114.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 25th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 18th and 18th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 48.3 rebounds a game which ranks 29th and they give up 23.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 9th place in the league. They force 15.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Chicago is 25th in the league with 105.7 points per game this year. They are 25th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -2.2. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 19th in the NBA. They are 26th in the league in rebounding with 42.6 boards per game, and 23rd in assists per contest with 22.8. The Bulls are 9th in turnovers per game with 15.2. The Bulls surrender 107.8 points per contest, which ranks them 10th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 21st and 8th in those defensive statistics. They rank 23rd with 24.8 assists allowed per contest and 23rd with 46.5 rebounds surrendered per game. The Bulls are 30th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 18.1 per game.
The Timberwolves are 22nd in the league in defensive rating with 110, and their offensive rating of 106.7 is ranked 16th. They are 8th in the NBA in pace with 102.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 27th. As a unit they are 27th in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shot attempts, ranking 3rd in the NBA. Minnesota is 16th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 14th in the NBA.
Chicago is 9th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 13th in the league. The Bulls are 27th in the NBA in offensive rating with 105.3, and their defensive rating of 107.4 is ranked 9th. In terms of pace they are 16th in the league with 99.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 26th. As a team they are 26th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 10th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Timberwolves/Bulls NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago -1
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