Minnesota vs. Charlotte Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, December 2, 2023

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The Minnesota Timberwolves (14-4) hope to extend a three-game winning stretch when they visit the Charlotte Hornets (6-11) on December 2, 2023 at Spectrum Center.

The Timberwolves are a 4.5-point favorite against the Hornets when the Timberwolves and the Hornets square off. The game’s point total is set at 220.5.

Timberwolves vs. Hornets Odds

Point Spread for Timberwolves vs. Hornets

The spread for this matchup is set at 4.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Timberwolves as the favorite.

Minnesota vs. Charlotte Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Minnesota has -205 odds to win the game, while Charlotte is listed at +170 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 220.5 points.

Game Time and How to Watch

  • When: Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 5:00 PM ET
  • Where: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • TV: BSSE

Timberwolves vs. Hornets Betting Trends

The Timberwolves have put together a 9-7-2 record against the spread this season. This season, Minnesota has won 11 out of the 13 games, or 84.6%, in which it has been favored. Games involving the Timberwolves have hit the over nine times out of 17 chances this season.

The Hornets have put together a record of 6-10-1 against the spread this season. Charlotte has been victorious in five, or 35.7%, of the 14 contests it has been chosen as an underdog in this season. This season, 11 of the Hornets’ games have gone over the point total.

Timberwolves vs. Hornets Key Players to Watch

Timberwolves

Anthony Edwards’ numbers for the season are 26.2 points, 5.0 assists and 5.9 boards per game. Karl-Anthony Towns is putting up 21.8 points, 3.0 assists and 9.1 boards per contest. Rudy Gobert averages 12.6 points, 11.6 boards and 1.1 assists per game. At the other end, he averages 0.6 steals and 2.3 blocks (fourth in NBA). Mike Conley’s numbers on the season are 10.2 points, 2.8 boards and 6.0 assists per contest, shooting 44.4% from the field and 43.3% from beyond the arc, with 2.2 made 3-pointers per contest.

Hornets

Mark Williams gives the Hornets 13.4 points, 10.3 boards and 1.2 assists per game. He also averages 0.9 steals and 1.1 blocks. Gordon Hayward averages 13.8 points, 5.3 boards and 4.7 assists, making 42.2% of his shots from the field. P.J. Washington’s numbers for the season are 14.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest, making 43.0% of his shots from the field and 30.9% from 3-point range, with 1.9 triples per contest. The Hornets receive 14.4 points, 4.0 boards and 1.9 assists per game from Brandon Miller.

What you need to know about the Timberwolves

The Timberwolves have been lifted by their defense, as they rank best in the NBA by giving up just 105.3 points per game. They rank 19th in the league in points scored (112.3 per contest). So far this season, the Timberwolves are pulling down 45.2 rebounds per game (eighth-ranked in NBA) and allowing 42.5 rebounds per contest (eighth-ranked). The Timberwolves are putting up 25.3 dimes per game, which ranks them 22nd in the NBA in 2023-24.

Minnesota is posting 112.2 points per game this season at home, which is 0.2 fewer points than it is averaging when playing on the road (112.4). So far this year, Minnesota is sinking 11.5 treys per game (22nd-ranked in NBA) and is shooting 37.1% (eighth-ranked) from three-point land. With a 33.1% three-point percentage allowed this season, Minnesota is second-best in the NBA. It ranks sixth in the league by allowing 11.6 treys per contest.

The Timberwolves have gone 8-2 in their past 10 contests, with a 4-4-2 record against the spread in that span. Minnesota has hit the over in five of its last 10 contests. The Timberwolves have been putting up 112.2 points per contest in their last 10 times on the court, an average that’s slightly lower than the 112.3 they’ve scored over the course of the 2023-24 campaign. Minnesota’s defense has been more porous lately, as the team has allowed 107.7 points per game over its last 10 compared to the 105.3 points per game its opponents are averaging on the season.

What you need to know about the Hornets

Offensively the Hornets are the 16th-ranked team in the NBA (113.6 points per game). On defense they are fifth-worst (122.1 points allowed per game). In 2023-24, Charlotte is 11th in the NBA in rebounds (44.5 per game) and 24th in rebounds conceded (44.8). The Hornets are 20th in the NBA in assists (25.4 per game) in 2023-24.

At home, the Hornets score 111.3 points per game. Away, they average 116.3. The Hornets are 23rd in the league in 3-pointers made (11.4 per game) and 14th in 3-point percentage (36.6%). In 2023-24 Charlotte is fourth-worst in the league in 3-pointers conceded (14.3 per game) and fourth-worst in defensive 3-point percentage (38.6%).

The Hornets have a 3-6-1 record against the spread while going 4-6 overall over their past 10 games. Six of Charlotte’s past 10 outings have hit the over. Charlotte is scoring 111.8 points per game in its previous 10 games, which is 1.8 fewer points than its average for the season (113.6). In their previous 10 games, the Hornets are allowing 121.4 points per contest, compared to their season average of 122.1 points allowed.

Timberwolves vs. Hornets Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is Timberwolves, and we project that Timberwolves will cover the spread (Timberwolves -4.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 220.5 points.

How to bet Timberwolves vs. Hornets

You can bet on Minnesota vs. Charlotte at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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