Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Two teams in need of a victory collide on Wednesday as the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Philadelphia 76ers. The Timberwolves are -3.5 point favorites over the 76ers.
Head to head, the 76ers are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota, while the underdog is 11-3-1 ATS in the last 15 meetings. The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The 76ers on the other hand are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record, but just 5-15 ATS in their last 20 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
I don’t think any team needed the All-Star break more than the Minnesota Timberwolves, who were the most injury ravaged team in the first half of the season. With injuries to virtually every key player at some stage this season, the Timberwolves just haven’t been able to get anything going and as a result find themselves 12 games below .500, which is disappointing considering they had their sights firmly set on a playoff spot before the season started.
The Philadelphia 76ers injury list doesn’t compare to Minnesota’s, but one big name stands out and that’s Andrew Bynum, who is still expected to be a few weeks away from practising and still has no exact timetable for an official return. Even though Bynum hasn’t played a minute in a 76ers uniform yet, they gave up their best player to get him in the offseason and that is the main reason they have struggled this season, despite Jrue Holiday having a career year.
Truth be told, both teams just aren’t very good while they have key pieces sitting on the sidelines. While Philly has the better overall record, they are just 6-16 on the road this season, compared to Minnesota who is currently 12-13 at the Target Center. If anything, I think the All-Star break did the Timberwolves a world of good and I think they get the win over a poor road team tonight.
Minnesota Timberwolves -3.5 Philadelphia 76ers