Odds are against the Minnesota Timberwolves (35-36), who are a 9.5-point underdog when they take the court against the Toronto Raptors (34-36) on March 18, 2023. The matchup’s point total is 224.5.
When they have played as at least 9.5-point favorites this season, the Raptors are 3-2 against the spread.
The Timberwolves have not yet covered the spread as underdogs of 9.5 points or more this year (0-1).
These two teams average a combined 228.5 points per game, four more points than the over/under of 224.5 set for this game.
Toronto and Minnesota have seen its opponents average a combined 3.5 more points per game than the point total of 224.5 set for this game.
The Raptors’ average total in matchups this year has been 224.9, 0.4 points higher than the over/under in this particular game.
The average over/under in Minnesota’s games this season is 7.1 more points than the point total of 224.5 in this outing.
So far this season, Toronto has put together a 34-35-1 record against the spread.
So far this season, the Timberwolves have put together a 33-36-2 record against the spread.
The Raptors score 112.8 points per game (21st in the NBA) and allow 112.1 (fifth in the league) for a +46 scoring differential overall.
The Raptors average 42.9 rebounds per game (18th in the league) compared to the 42.3 of their opponents.
Toronto knocks down 10.9 three-pointers per game (22nd in the league), 1.4 fewer than its opponents (12.3).
The Raptors average 111.9 points per 100 possessions on offense (15th in the league), and give up 111.8 points per 100 possessions (14th in the NBA).
The Raptors have been better offensively at home, where they average 114.1 points per game, compared to road games, where they average 111.5 per game. Defensively, they are better when playing at home, where they surrender 110.7 points per game, versus road games, where they let their opponents to score 113.5 per game.
The Timberwolves put up 115.7 points per game (12th in league) while allowing 115.9 per contest (18th in NBA). They have a -11 scoring differential.
Minnesota loses the rebound battle by an average of 3.2 boards. It collects 41.7 rebounds per game (23rd in league) compared to its opponents’ 44.9.
The Timberwolves connect on 12.1 three-pointers per game (15th in the league) compared to their opponents’ 12.7. They shoot 36% from deep, and their opponents shoot 37.1%.
The Timberwolves rank 21st in the NBA with 111 points scored per 100 possessions, and 12th defensively with 111 points conceded per 100 possessions.
In 2022-23 Minnesota is averaging one more points per game at home (116.2) than away (115.2).
Pascal Siakam leads active Raptors players in scoring, tallying 24.2 points per game to go with 7.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
Fred VanVleet contributes with 19.4 points, seven assists and 4.2 rebounds a game, and Jakob Poeltl adds 12.7 points, three assists and 9.1 rebounds per contest.
VanVleet makes more threes per game than any other (active) member of the Raptors, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 3.1 per contest.
OG Anunoby averages two steals per game, while Poeltl has 1.3 blocks per contest.
Anthony Edwards puts up 24.7 points per game. He also adds 5.9 rebounds per outing and 4.4 assists per contest.
Rudy Gobert has per-game averages of 13.8 points, one assist and 11.5 rebounds this season.
Edwards averages 2.7 made threes per game.
The Timberwolves’ defensive effort gets a boost from Edwards (1.6 steals per game) and Gobert (1.4 blocks per game).
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