Magic at Timberwolves 1/4/19 - NBA Picks & Predictions

The Orlando Magic will look to win their second straight on Friday when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Magic routed the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday 112-84. Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 22 points and 12 boards, prior to sitting out the entire fourth quarter. Aaron Gordon chipped in with 18 points and nine assists.

Minnesota lost its second straight on Wednesday falling on the road to the Boston Celtics 115-102. Andrew Wiggins led the T-Wolves in the loss with 31 points. Minnesota trailed 60-42 at the half and narrowed the lead to six points after three quarters, but an 8-0 run by Boston late in the game put it out of reach for Minnesota.
Nikola Vucevic leads the Magic in scoring and rebounding with averages of 20.3 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. The leader in assists is D.J. Augustin with an average of 4.9 per game. Aaron Gordon is the second leading scorer with an average of 15.4 points per game. The Magic are shooting 44.7% from the field and 35.1% from three-point territory.

Karl-Anthony Towns is the leading scorer and leading rebounder for Minnesota with averages of 21.9 points and 12.1 rebounds per game. Derrick Rose is the second leading scorer with an average of 18.9 points per game. Jeff Teague leads in assists with an average of 8.3 per game. Minnesota is shooting 45.0% from the field and 35.7% from three-point territory.

Orlando has covered the spread in 10 of its last 11 played in Minnesota and in 16 of its last 21 overall against the T-Wolves. Orlando has covered the number in 7 of its last 10 following a win straight up and in 9 of its last 13 following a win ATS. Minnesota however, has failed to cover 5 of its last 6 versus an opponent with a losing record straight up. Final Score Prediction, Minnesota Timberwolves win but fall short ATS 111-107.

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