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In tonight’s interconference encounter, the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-10) are striving to maintain an above-.500 record versus the Washington Wizards (13-8). Will Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves earn their first win against the Wizards since Nov. 2, 2019? 

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Washington Wizards news

Furthermore, for tonight’s interconference contest, the Timberwolves are 10-11 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA season, whereas the Wizards are 11-10 against the spread. This matchup airs live at 7 p.m. ET via Bally Sports North, NBA League Pass and NBC Sports Washington. Retrieved from Land of Basketball’s database, based on 61 regular season games played all-time, Washington is 35-26 versus Minnesota. Though, in the past 10 head-to-head meetings, the Wizards are 6-4 against the Timberwolves. On Feb. 27, 2021, the last time these teams met, Washington won 128-112.

Besides team-record comparisons, Wizards center Daniel Gafford is still dealing with a lingering right-thumb sprain. Apparently, the soreness is bothering the third-year player, but he is not listed on the team’s injury report. In the coming days, if the soreness refuses to dissipate on its own, Gafford might have to miss a couple more games this season. So far, through 18 games played, the 6’10” center is averaging 8.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Washington Wizards betting lines and odds

NBA Betting Picks - Minnesota Timberwolves vs Washington Wizards picks, preview and prediction

Sportsbook: BetUS

Over/Under: 216

Point spread: Wizards -4  (-110)

Best moneyline: Timberwolves +145, Wizards -165

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Washington Wizards injury report

Timberwolves: PG Patrick Beverley (out indefinitely) | PF Jared Vanderbilt (questionable) | SG Anthony Edwards (questionable) | PF Jaden McDaniels (questionable)

Wizards: C Thomas Bryant (out) | PF Rui Hachimura (out indefinitely)

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Washington Wizards preview

Moreover, on Monday, in the Timberwolves’ 100-98 home win over the Pacers, center Karl-Anthony Towns scored a team-high 32 points in 32 minutes spent on the court. Guards D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards each closed out their performances with 21 points. Plus, Russell also finished with 8.0 rebounds and 11 assists in 39 minutes played. To open the second half, the Timberwolves outscored the Pacers 30 to 19.

These teams had a total of 47 rebounds and 13 turnovers. Nevertheless, Minnesota’s short-range jumpers were on point. They shot 36-for-82 (43.9%) from the floor and 9-for-35 (25.7%) from behind the arc. The team’s 133-115 loss to the Hornets fractured their five-game win streak, but they have now won two consecutive games. Minnesota is 7-6 at home, 4-4 away and 4-4 ATS away this season.

As for the Wizards, in their 116-99 road loss against the Spurs on Monday, guard Bradley Beal led his team in scoring, putting up a total of 18 points in 36 minutes of action. Forward Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — who played 25 minutes —  had 17 points, 1.0 rebound and 3.0 assists as well. Washington had a mediocre showing shooting-wise. They were outscored 32 to 21 in the fourth quarter alone.

In the Wizards’ 17-point blowout loss, they shot 41-for-92 (44.6%) from the field and 9-for-31 (29%) from three-point range. Following this road defeat, the team has lost five out of their last 10 games this season. Washington is 7-2 at home, 6-6 away and 7-2 ATS at home; the Wizards are also 3-0 versus the Timberwolves in their past three head-to-head meetings.

Projected starting lineup

Timberwolves: PG D’Angelo Russell | SG Malik Beasley | SF Josh Okogie | PF Taurean Prince | C Karl-Anthony Towns

Wizards: PG Spencer Dinwiddie| SG Bradley Beal | SF Kentavious Caldwell-Pope | PF Kyle Kuzma | C Daniel Gafford

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Washington Wizards prediction

Additionally, the total for tonight’s game is set at 216. After further review of the spread consensus, about 58% of gamblers are anticipating the Wizards to cover the spread at Capital One Arena. Pertaining to the point total consensus, a whopping 93% of bettors are expecting the total to go over 216. Thus far, Minnesota is 7-3 as a favorite, 4-7 as an underdog and 4-4 ATS away, while Washington is 6-4 as a favorite, 7-4 as an underdog and 7-2 ATS at home.

For interesting betting trends, the Timberwolves are 7-2 ATS in their last nine performances. Next, the total has gone over in four of their past six contests. Not only is the team 7-1 straight up in their previous eight games, the total has gone over in five of their last seven road contests. Finally, Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in the team’s past six matches versus Washington, and they are 4-11 ATS in their prior 15 contests against Southeast Division opponents.

On the other side, the Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their past five games this season. Also, the total has gone under in 10 of Washington’s last 14 contests. To add to these betting statistics, the team is 11-4 SU in their previous 15 matches versus Western Conference opponents. Next, Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in the team’s past five games played in the month of December. In conclusion, consider picking the Wizards to win and cover the spread.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Washington Wizards betting pick

Pick the Wizards to win, they will cover the spread and the total will go over 216. Washington is a four-point favorite with BetUS.

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