From the NBA on Friday night January 17th the Minnesota Timberwolves will make a road trip north of the border to face the Toronto Raptors in a pro basketball game. The Timberwolves and Raptors will get things underway from Toronto at 7PM Eastern Time and the NBA League Pass Channel will provide the coast to coast TV broadcast. Check out the NBA wagering odds at Bovada sportsbook.
The point spread odds from this NBA game is lined at a pick with the over under line set at 205 ½ points. With the odds a pick the money line return on either Minnesota or Toronto will be -110 odds.
The Toronto Raptors have had good success against the Minnesota Timberwolves by winning four straight and nine of their best ten head to head meetings. Minnesota enters play losers of two straight and three of their past four games. They had a bad 111-108 home defeat on Wednesday to the Sacramento Kings laying -9 ½ points. Minnesota is just 7-12 on the road this season while the Toronto Raptors are 9-8 straight up on their home court. Minnesota is 18-20 on the year while the Raptors are over .500 with a mark of 19-18. The Timberwolves are a flawed team. They shoot 43.4% from the field and allow 47.6% to their opponents. That will rank Minnesota 26th in the NBA in shooting and 30th and worst in the NBA in field goal defense. So the worst field goal defensive team is lined at a pick on the road against an improved Raptors club. Those numbers don’t make sense. There is a biased that Western conference teams are far superior then Eastern conference clubs and many will play the western conference team blindly. Minnesota has too many flaws to trust in this spot. Toronto is improved and is a much better defensive team than the Timberwolves. The Raptors give up just 96 points a game ranking third best in the NBA in scoring defense. The team limits their opponents to just 44.4% shooting ranking in the top ten of the NBA in defensive field goal percentage season to date. In this game take the better defensive club playing on their home court against an opponent with a 7-12 record on the road.
With our NBA Pro Basketball pick for Friday we will play on the Toronto Raptors at a pick against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the best online sportsbooks.