Our NBA pro basketball top betting pick on Saturday comes from the late night NBA TV televised game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trailblazers. The Timberwolves and Trailblazers will begin at Portland at 10PM Eastern Time. With the NBA best bet for today we will play on the Minnesota Timberwolves +6 points against the Portland Trailblazers. The betting odds used for our NBA selection was pulled from Top Bet sportsbook.
The opening line from this game came out with the Portland Trailblazers lined as a -6 ½ point home favorite with the total in the game landing at 194 ½ points. The bettors early have brought their money on the T’Wolves as Portland dropped to a -6 point favorite at most online sportsbooks. A money line wager on the favored Portland Trailblazers will return -230 odds. Those who like the road team Minnesota Timberwolves to win this game straight up can take back +210 odds for their underdog bet on the money line.
The Minnesota Timberwolves faced the gauntlet following the All Star break with a difficult set of back to back to backs with games against the Clippers, Lakers and Suns. With rest and good health the T’Wolves were able to defeat the LA Clippers 109-97 as a +6 ½ point underdog. Minnesota has gotten great production from their bench in this trip as Michael Beasley and rookie Derrick Williams has been able to produce points. Beasley against the Lakers and Clippers averaged over 20 points and 5 rebounds per game. The rookie Derrick Williams in the two games against the LA’s had an 18 point and six rebound per game average. Kevin Love has been solid this season putting up over 24 points and nearly 14 rebounds per game. Nikola Pekovic has been efficient on the year with 57% shooting from the floor with 12 points and over 7 boards a game.
The Portland Trailblazers have played well below expectations this season. The team is only 18-18 straight up and 13-6 on their home court. Portland has dropped two straight and six of their past nine games. They are 0-2 since the All Star break with losses at Denver and on Thursday night they were whipped badly by Miami by the score of 107-93 as a +3 ½ point home underdog. In tonight’s game the Timberwolves has the advantage in the guard position with Ricky Rubio at the point and Luke Ridenour behind his 44.6% shooting from the field. The Trailblazers are getting poor play from their guard rotation of Jamal Crawford, Wesley Matthews and Raymond Felton. This guard trio shoots for low percentage and is prone to make mistakes on the court. They don’t have that command on the court necessary to establish an offensive rhythm and you often see the Blazers just standing around spectating as they have no idea what the ball handler is doing on the court with the basketball. Portland has poor flow and structure on the offensive end of the court. Bet on the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight getting the generous six points at the best online sportsbooks.