Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Minny suffered setbacks to Milwaukee, Brooklyn and Boston in the last week and a half but took out their frustrations on the New Orleans Pelicans in a 116-98 triumph on Friday. The Timberwolves have held their last five opponents to under 100 points and have fared well on the other end of the floor thanks to a 48.9 percent shooting effort vs the Pelicans.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves is working Isaiah Thomas into the lineup right now, and the diminutive point guard scored 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 21 minutes of play in his first start in a 131-127 win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday. LeBron James was his usual dominant self in that game, as the superstar fell an assist shy of a triple-double while notching 33 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and six steals in his first 30-point performance of 2018.
OVER bettors are profiting in a big way when the Cavs and Timberwolves meet, as the OVER is 4-0 in the last four between the squads.
Oddsmakers at BetOnline opened the Minnesota Timberwolves as 2.5-point underdogs in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 218 earlier at Bovada.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 108-100 result in favor of the Timberwolves. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 12-26-1 versus the spread this season, while the Minnesota Timberwolves are 18-21-2 ATS. Cleveland is 19-19-1 against the points scored total betting line, while Minnesota is 20-20-1 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Cleveland injuries news.
The power rankings show the Timberwolves rated this week at No. 6 and the Cavaliers sitting at No. 5.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves They snapped a five-game losing streak on the road Saturday. … Cleveland hasn’t won two in a row since Dec. 16-17, a span of eight games. … The Cavs have won their last six against Minnesota, and LeBron James has shot .744 from the field in the last three of those games (32-of-43). Cleveland’s average margin of victory over the Wolves is 17.7 points during this stretch. … Isaiah Thomas has at least one 3 in 59 consecutive games, for the second-longest active streak in the NBA. … On Saturday, the Cavs set season highs for points (131), second-chance points (23), and fast-break points. They scored 107 through three quarters against Orlando, which, according to Elias Sports, was the third-highest total entering the fourth quarter in franchise history. … Dwyane Wade is the only bench player in the league averaging at least 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, and one steal per game. … Since Nov. 18, Kevin Love is shooting .466 from 3-point range (61-of-131) and is averaging 22.2 points and 9.6 rebounds over those 18 games.
This is the Cavs’ first look at Jimmy Butler in a Minnesota uniform. He’s the Wolves’ leading scorer at 21.5 ppg. C Karl-Anthony Towns is right there with 20.2 ppg and leads the team with 11.9 rebounds per game. … PG Jeff Teague has missed the last six games with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Tyus Jones, whom the Cavs drafted and shipped to Minnesota in 2015, starts for Teague. … The Wolves are 11-games better through 41 games than they were last season. This is their third-best start in team history. … They beat New Orleans Saturday, 116-98, to start a five-game homestand. … Minnesota has the fifth-rated offense in the league (109.8 points per 100 possessions). The Cavs’ offense is tied for third (111.0).
MINNEAPOLIS — With center Karl-Anthony Towns becoming more active on the defensive end, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ defense is starting to complement their fifth-rated offense.
Isaiah Thomas’ return has the Cleveland Cavaliers’ offense at its best.The two teams meet Monday in an important game for each.
The Timberwolves opened a five-game homestand on Saturday with a dominant 116-98 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Minnesota hosts Cleveland, Oklahoma City, New York and Portland in the big stretch.
“It’s getting better,” Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson said of the defense after beating New Orleans. “The more we’re locked in, the more sense of urgency we have. Our defense plays a big part in it.
“We understood we needed to get this win tonight, especially after a tough two games on the road. We had to bounce back on our part. We know we have another tough one coming up. The rest of the week is going to be tough.”
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves The Cavaliers scored a season-high 131 points at Orlando on Saturday in a 131-127 victory. Cleveland recovered from a 102-88 loss at Boston during a five-game road trip that will also take it to Toronto and Indiana this week.
“I think by being out there it’s unlocking another level, for sure,” Thomas told Cleveland.com. “With me, I’m able to push the pace a little more, get the ball out of (LeBron James’) hands and show the defense something different that they haven’t seen all year.
“I think with me being out there it definitely gives us another level that we can reach. I know I’m on a minutes restriction now, but the whole time I’m out there, especially when I have the ball, my job is to put as much pressure on the defense as possible. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of that so far.”