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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Portland Trailblazers 12/12/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Minnesota Timberwolves (11-15) travel to meet the Portland Trail Blazers (11-15) in the NBA Northwest Division battle at Moda Center in Portland on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 9:00 PM ET. Minnesota comes into this duel versus division rival Portland after losing five games in a row this season.

 

The Timberwolves lost to Wizards, Nets, Hawks, Jazz, and Cavaliers in that order. Minnesota dropped to 10th place at 7-9 in the Western Conference and tied with Portland in 4th place in the Northwest Division with an 11-15 overall standing and a .423 team percentage this season.

 

The Timberwolves fell behind the Cavaliers at 44-65 at halftime on the way to their 106-123 loss on Friday. Center Karl-Anthony Towns led with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists while SG Malik Beasley contributed 15 points.

 

PF Jarred Vanderbilt led the Timberwolves in rebounding with 8 while PG/SG Patrick Beverley led in assists with 7.

 

The Minnesota Timberwolves completed 36 of 92 (39.1%) shooting attempts from the field, connected 11 of 39 (28.2%) shots from the three-point range, converted 23 of 28 (82.1%) free-throw attempts, and scored a total of 42 points in the paint.

 

The Timberwolves pulled down 40 total rebounds with 10 coming from the offensive end while dishing out 24 assists in defeat. Minnesota denied 5 attempted shots with 9 steals while losing the leather in 14 turnovers and committed 19 personal fouls in the game. 

 

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Portland Trailblazers Predictions 12/12/2021

 

The Portland Trail Blazers struggled with a four-game losing streak including their recent outing versus the Golden State Warriors on December 8. The Trail Blazers lost to the Warriors at 94-104.

 

Portland took 9th place at 6-11 in the Western Conference and is 3rd place in the Northwest Division at 11-15 on a team percentage of .423. The Blazers trailed a two-point lead at halftime while their defense allowed Golden State to score 57 points after the break resulting in their 10-point defeat last game.

 

SG Norman Powell led his team with 26 points while SF Nassir Little chipped in 18 for Portland. Center Jusuf Nurkic led the Blazers in rebounding with 12 while adding 12 points to complete his double-double statistics in the losing effort.      

 

The Portland Trail Blazers recorded 41.3% (33/80) shooting from the field, 26.7% (8/30) from the rainbow territory, made 20 of 28 (71.4%) tries from the charity line and posted 46 points in the paint.

 

The Trail Blazers hauled down 35 defensive boards and grabbed 7 offensive rebounds while distributing a total of 24 assists in the loss. Portland blocked 3 shot attempts while stealing the ball 5 times but committed 16 turnovers and 24 personal fouls in the contest. 

 

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers. The NBA pick for this match is Minnesota -1. Both teams struggled with their play recently and both aimed to improve their record to 12-15 in this match.

 

The Blazers will be missing one key player in this game in PG Damian Lillard (abdomen) while the Timberwolves are prepared to pick up a road win on Sunday. The prediction: The Minnesota Timberwolves will win at 112-110.

 

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Portland Trailblazers 12/12/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NBA Starting Time: 9:00 PM ET

 

Location: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, OR

 

Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021

 

TV: RTNW

 

NBA Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves -1  

 

NBA Totals: 219

 

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