Trail Blazers vs Timberwolves: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – March 14, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on March 14, 2021 - Last Updated on March 17, 2021

A game after he exploded for 34 points in a 125-121 loss to the Trail Blazers, Karl-Anthony Towns leads the Minnesota Timberwolves (8-30) at home against the Portland Trail Blazers (22-15) on Sunday, March 14, 2021. The Timberwolves are underdogs by 5 points in the matchup, which begins at 8:00 PM ET on NBCS-NW. The matchup has a point total of 234.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from William Hill sportsbook as of March 14, 2021, 12:25 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Trail Blazers vs Timberwolves Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 14

Trail Blazers:
Harry Giles III: Day To Day (Calf),
Jusuf Nurkic: Out (Wrist),
CJ McCollum: Out (Left foot),
Zach Collins: Out (Ankle)

Jordan McLaughlin: Day To Day (Health and Safety Protocols),
Jarrett Culver: Day To Day (Toe),
D’Angelo Russell: Out (Leg)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Timberwolves (+5)
Total Pick Under (234)
Prediction Trail Blazers 116, Timberwolves 112

The spread for this game suggested by the model (4.4 points) is a little tighter than the 5-point edge William Hill gives to the Trail Blazers, though the data still has them as the favorite.

The William Hill point total for this matchup is just 6.4 points highter than the model projection.

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Trail Blazers Key Players

Damian Lillard 36 29.7 4.4 8.0 1.0 0.3 4.3
CJ McCollum 13 26.7 3.9 5.0 1.3 0.3 4.8
Gary Trent Jr. 35 15.2 2.1 1.5 0.8 0.1 3.1
Carmelo Anthony 36 14.2 3.3 1.6 0.9 0.8 1.8
Enes Kanter 37 12.2 11.8 1.2 0.5 0.7 0.0

Timberwolves Key Players

Karl-Anthony Towns 18 22.3 10.7 3.8 0.8 1.7 1.9
D’Angelo Russell 20 19.3 2.6 5.1 1.1 0.5 3.0
Anthony Edwards 38 15.4 4.1 2.5 0.9 0.4 1.9
Naz Reid 36 11.9 4.8 1.3 0.6 1.3 0.9
Jaylen Nowell 24 10.1 2.2 1.3 0.5 0.2 1.4

Shooting Trends

  • This season, the Trail Blazers have a 44.7% shooting percentage from the field, which is three% lower than the 47.7% of shots the Timberwolves’ opponents have knocked down.
  • Portland has a 7-2 record against the spread and a 9-0 straight-up record in games it shoots better than 47.7% from the field.
  • Minnesota has a 6-2-1 record against the spread and a 4-5 record overall when allowing its opponents to make more than 44.7% of their shots from the field.
  • The Timberwolves are shooting 44% from the field, 3.7% lower than the 47.7% the Trail Blazers’ opponents have shot this season.
  • Minnesota has put together a 3-3-1 record against the spread and a 2-5 straight up record in games it shoots above 47.7% from the field.
  • This season, Portland has a 10-2 record against the spread and an 8-4 straight up record when it allows opponents to shoot greater than 44% from the field.
  • The Trail Blazers are knocking down 38.2% of their three-point shots this season, one% higher than the 37.2% the Timberwolves allow opponents to shoot from deep.
  • Portland has collected a 14-4 record against the spread and a 15-3 straight-up record in games this season when the team knocks down more than 37.2% of its three-point attempts.
  • Minnesota is 14-7 against the spread while putting up an 8-13 straight-up record when its opponents shoot above 38.2% from three-point range.
  • The Timberwolves’ three-point shooting percentage this season (35.1%) is 2.2 percentage points lower than opponents of the Trail Blazers are averaging (37.3%).
  • Minnesota is 9-6-1 against the spread and 5-11 overall when shooting above 37.3% as a team from three-point range.
  • Portland has an 11-4 ATS record and an 11-4 straight-up record this season when it makes more than 35.1% of its three-point attempts.
  • The Trail Blazers hit 16.1 three-pointers per game this season, 3.4 more made shots on average than the 12.7 per game the Timberwolves give up.
  • When Portland makes more threes than its opponents, it is 16-11 against the spread and 19-8 overall. When Minnesota is out-shot from deep by its opponents, it is 1-12 ATS and 0-13 straight up.
  • The Trail Blazers rank second in the NBA in made three-pointers, while the Timberwolves allow the fourth-fewest made threes in the league.

Trail Blazers vs Timberwolves Stat Rankings

Trail Blazers Rank Trail Blazers AVG Timberwolves AVG Timberwolves Rank
8th 114.9 Points Scored 109 23rd
26th 115.4 Points Allowed 116.9 28th
23rd 43.9 Rebounds 43.5 18th
11th 10.6 Off. Rebounds 10.7 7th
2nd 16.1 3pt Made 12.7 16th
30th 20.2 Assists 25.2 13th
2nd 11.1 Turnovers 14 22nd

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