The Minnesota Timberwolves (16-20) host the Detroit Pistons (9-29) on December 31, 2022 at Target Center. The Pistons are underdogs by a 5.5-point margin as they enter the matchup losers of five in a row with a 3-7 record in their last 10 games. The matchup’s over/under is set at 233.5.
How to bet Timberwolves vs. Pistons
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Detroit Pistons Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Timberwolves as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Timberwolves have -205 odds to pick up the win, while the Pistons are listed at +170 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 233.5 points.
Timberwolves vs. Pistons Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Saturday, December 31, 2022
- Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: BSD
- Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Arena: Target Center
Timberwolves vs. Pistons Betting Trends
Against the spread, the Timberwolves are 14-22-0 this year. Minnesota has been chosen as the favorite in 19 games this year and has walked away with the win 11 times (57.9%) in those games. Timberwolves games this year have gone over the total in 17 out of 38 opportunities (44.7%).
The Pistons have played 38 games, with 18 wins against the spread. Detroit is 8-28 in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 22.2% of those games). Pistons games this year have eclipsed the over/under 23 times in 38 opportunities (60.5%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Timberwolves vs. Pistons Injury Report
Pistons: Killian Hayes: Out (Suspension), Kevin Knox: Questionable (Knee), Isaiah Livers: Out (Shoulder), Cade Cunningham: Out (Shin)
What you need to know about the Minnesota Timberwolves
Offensively, Minnesota is averaging 114.7 points per game (12th-ranked in league). It is giving up 115.9 points per contest on defense (21st-ranked). Offensively the Timberwolves have performed better at home this year, putting up 117 points per game, compared to 112.6 per game in away games. In their last 10 games, the Timberwolves have been racking up 112.8 points per game, an average that’s slightly lower than the 114.7 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.
With 11.1 three-pointers per game, Minnesota ranks 23rd in the NBA. It sports a 34.2% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 22nd in the league. So far this season, the Timberwolves have taken 62.7% two-pointers, accounting for 74% of the team’s baskets. They have shot 37.3% from three-point land (26% of the team’s baskets).
What you need to know about the Detroit Pistons
In 2022-23, Detroit is 22nd in the league offensively (111.6 points scored per game) and second-worst on defense (118.9 points allowed). In 2022-23 the Pistons are scoring 3.9 more points per game at home (113.7) than away (109.8). The Pistons have played better offensively in their past 10 games, averaging 117.1 points per contest, 5.5 more than their season average of 111.6.
Detroit is 14th in the league in 3-pointers made (11.8 per game) and 16th in 3-point percentage (35.2%). In 2022-23, the Pistons have taken 38.2% percent of their shots from behind the 3-point line, and 61.8% percent from inside it. In terms of made shots, 30% of the Pistons’ buckets have been 3-pointers, and 70% have been 2-pointers.
Timberwolves vs. Pistons Predictions and Pick
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