Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Tuesday Night December 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm EST.
The (5-18) Minnesota Timberwolves of the Western Conference Northwest division will make the trip from the Twin-Cities to the Nations Capital to take on the (17-6) Washington Wizards of the Eastern Conference Southeast division in 2014 NBA action. The team will play at The Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. This Sports Handicapper believes Minnesota is getting better but will need another high draft pick in the 2015 NBA draft lottery. The Washington Wizards are in first place of their division and are poised to overtake Miami for the title in the Southeast. The betting line has Minnesota as a thirteen-point road underdog Against The Point Spread, and the betting odds total is at 201-points for Tuesday’s game.
The 2014-15 Minnesota Timberwolves have lost eight of ten straight up, their last a 100-94 defeat at home vs. The Los Angeles Lakers. Minnesota is in the cellar of the Northwest division; they will battle with Utah for fourth place. Minnesota is 1-8 Against The Point Spread their last nine meetings in the District of Columbia and the under is 5-2 the last seven meetings between the teams. Minnesota is 1-2-1 Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under once on NBA Expert Point Spread Predictions their last four away from the Target Center. Minnesota must pick up their effort of defense if they have a chance to compete Tuesday in Washington. Many of Minnesota woes have come due are to injuries involving core players; the casualty list includes their star point guard Ricky Rubio.
The 2014-15 Washington Wizards have won eight of nine straight up and four in a row. Washington beat Utah at home on Sunday 93-84 and are seeking their eighth in a row on their home floor. Washington has played down to competition; they have dropped their last four Against The Point Spread vs. Teams with a losing straight up record. Washington is 4-3 ATS their last seven at home, going over the betting odds total twice, staying under four times and have a push. The key to a Washington win is to come out focused, they are a better team and should dominate but won’t.
Free Pick: Minnesota+13.