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Timberwolves set to end home losing streak this midweek

| 10.11.2015

Daniel Coyle, American Sports Correspondent | November 10, 2015

Minnesota Timberwolves will be looking to extend their strong start to the NBA season on Tuesday night when they host Charlotte Hornets as 2.5-point underdogs in basketball betting at Coral.

The Timberwolves needed 21 games to tally five wins last season, but can improve to 5-2 with victory in Tuesday night’s Hornets matchup.

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Minnesota are coming off a 117-107 victory over Atlanta on Monday night in a see-saw battle that saw them blow a 34-point lead before a late rally, led by last year’s top rookie, Andrew Wiggins, sealed the win.

The 20 year-old Canadian, who was selected first overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, was an impressive 15 for 22 from the floor, potting 33 points on the night for his second straight 30+ point performance.

Dances with Wolves

Timberwolves fans will be hoping another star performance out of Wiggins will lead to a turnaround in the team’s fortunes on home court. The club is winless SU in their last 10 at Target Center, 1-9 ATS, including a 109-98 loss to the Hornets way back in March.

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Charlotte have stumbled out of the gate, posting a pair of SU wins in their first six outings, and are coming off a 114-94 loss in San Antonio on Friday night.

The Hornets have struggled as much on the road as Minnesota has at home, notching just one SU win since beating the Timberwolves in March, a 108-94 victory over the Mavericks last week in Dallas.

But the North Carolina club have dominated Minnesota historically, going 13-4 SU in 17 meetings since 2007, 6-3 on the road.

Sweet Charlotte have home comfort next

Charlotte return home on Wednesday to meet New York Knicks, while the Timberwolves prepare to face Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

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The Warriors remained the sole undefeated team in the NBA with a 109-95 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night, covering as 12.5-point favourites to end a three-game ATS win streak.

But while the Dubs have come up short at the sportsbooks, they have dominated on the hardwood, roaring to their first 8-0 start in 55 years, with six of those victories coming by double-digit margins.

However, GSW has yet to emerge as the clear favourite to repeat as Western Conference champions, entering Tuesday night’s action deadlocked with the Spurs with 9/4 odds in NBA futures betting.

Knicks ready for Raptors raid

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Prior to their Wednesday night date with Charlotte, the Knicks travel to Toronto to battle the Raptors as 7.5-point underdogs.

New York improved their record to 3-4 SU with a 99-95 home victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, but recorded just one win over the Raptors in four meetings last season, and are 5-8 SU in their last 13 against their divisional rival.

Toronto ride a two-game SU losing streak, after opening the season with five straight wins. However, the Dinos maintain a two-game lead atop the Atlantic Division and remain strong 2/7 favourites to claim their third straight division title.

Pelicans still in search of first win

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In other NBA betting action, New Orleans Pelicans continue the search for their first win of the season when they host the Mavs as 1.5-point favourites in the second game of a home-and-home series.

It has been a disappointing start for the Pelicans, who opened the season as an intriguing 12/1 bet to win the Southwest Division after winning 45 games last season.

Their struggles continued in Friday’s visit to Dallas, where they dropped a 107-98 decision, failing to cover as 5-point underdogs, and dropping to 1-11 SU in their past 12 against the Mavericks.


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