I was correct on my last Raptors free betting tip as the Raptors (+5) crushed the Pacers in Indiana 117-98. I am now 26-27 in Raptors free betting tips. Tonight the 40-27 Toronto Raptors host the 14-52 Minnesota Timberwolves.
(14-52) Minnesota Timberwolves @ (40-27) Toronto Raptors
Probable starting line-ups:
Minnesota – PG – Ricky Rubio SG – Kevin Martin C – Gorgui Dieng SF – Andrew Wiggins PF – Adreian Payne
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – Terrence Ross PF – Amir Johnson
Minnesota – PPG – Kevin Martin 19.7 RPG – Gorgui Dieng 8.5 APG – Ricky Rubio 8.8
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 19.0 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.6 APG – Kyle Lowry 7.0
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Minnesota – PF – 97.7 (21st) PA – 106.0 (30th)
Toronto – PF – 104.5 (5th) PA – 101.3 (22nd)
The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost 5 in a row and 9 of their last 10 games. On Monday they suffered a 122-106 home defeat versus the Brooklyn Nets. Shooting guard Kevin Martin led the way in a losing effort as he scored 23 points and dished out 6 assists. He was 7 of 16 from the field, 3 of 5 from the 3 point line, and 6 of 6 from the free throw line in 32 minutes. Point guard Zach LaVine netted 20 points on 8 of 15 shooting in 31 minutes. He was 4 of 6 from the 3 point line. Small forward Chase Budinger scored 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting in 26 minutes off the bench. Backup center Justin Hamilton contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds. He was 6 of 14 from the field in 33 minutes. Small forward Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 13 points and 6 rebounds. He was 5 of 13 from the field in 38 minutes. Center Gorgui Dieng had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocks. He was 4 of 7 from the field in 39 minutes. The team shot 46.6% from the field, 60% from the 3 point line (9-15), and 88.2% from the free throw line (15-17). They were out-rebounded 43-36. The Timberwolves allowed the Nets to score 31 or more points in 3 of the 4 quarters. Minnesota is 5-27 on the road this season. Tonight is the first game of a back to back. They are 1-13 in the 1st game of a back to back so far this season. Tomorrow night they play at New York.
The Toronto Raptors have won 2 of their last 3 games. On Monday they scored a 117-98 victory at Indiana. Point guard Kyle Lowry tallied a triple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. He was 7 of 13 from the field and 5 of 8 from the 3 point line in 38 minutes. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points on 6 of 19 shooting in 37 minutes. He was 10 of 11 from the free throw line. Backup shooting guard Louis Williams led the team in scoring with 24 points on 8 of 17 shooting in 23 minutes. He was 7 of 7 from the free throw line. Center Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. He was 7 of 10 from the field in 26 minutes. Power forward Amir Johnson scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. He was 3 of 7 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line in 29 minutes. The team shot 47.6% from the field, 52.2% from the 3 point line (12-23), and 81.8% from the free throw line (27-33). The Raptors out-rebounded the Pacers 51-36. They outscored their opposition 29-17 in the final quarter. Toronto is 22-12 at home this season. Including tonight they play 5 of their next 7 games at home. Their next game is Friday at the Chicago Bulls.
Tonight is the first meeting of the season between Minnesota and Toronto. The Raptors have won the last 6 meetings with the Timberwolves. After tonight the 2 teams play 1 more time this season, April 1st at Minnesota.
The Timberwolves have some talent on their roster but they are just too inexperienced right now. The Raptors would like to finish the rest of their season on a high note as they now are trying to chase the Cavs for the 2nd spot in the East. I really like the Raptors at home tonight. Take the Raptors -11.5 (1.90) (Bet365)
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