Minnesota Timberwolves at Sacramento Kings – NBA April 20

10 p.m. ET – Minnesota at Sacramento (-3) O/U: 239

The 15-43 Timberwolves travel to the Golden One Center to take on the 23-34 Kings on Tuesday night. Minnesota is coming off a blowout loss Sunday to the Clippers, 124-105. Sacramento is fresh off an upset win in Dallas, defeating the eight-point favorite Mavericks, 121-107. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Kings.

These two teams met back on April 5 in Minnesota, where the Timberwolves picked up a 116-106 win behind 25 points from guard D’Angelo Russell.

Minnesota Timberwolves LogoMinnesota is led by big man Karl-Anthony Towns, who is averaging 24.7 points and 10.8 rebound per game. Towns has only suited up in 36 games this season due to injuries and COVID-19 complications, but has been effective when able to grace the court. A bright spot for the Timberwolves has been Rookie of the Year candidate Anthony Edwards.

Edwards averages 18.1 points per game. Guard D’Angelo Russell has only played in 28 games this year, but has begun coming off the bench as the sixth man, averaging 19 points per game. Minnesota has had a wild season with injuries and the team being sold to Alex Rodriguez, but they have the young talent to build on for next year.

Sacramento Kings LogoSacramento is led by guard De’Aaron Fox who has had a great year, averaging 25.3 points, 7.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Fox had 31 points in the previous matchup with the Timberwolves and was able to get to the line for 15 free-throw attempts. Minnesota is going to have difficulty keeping him out of the lane again in this one, so expect more of the same.

Fox has scored over 27 points in each of his last six games as he has been trying to put the Kings on his back. Buddy Hield and Harrison Barnes will need to take some of the load off Fox if they hope to win some games down the stretch with Marvin Bagley III “not even close” to returning following a fracture to his left hand, according to NBC Sports. Center Richaun Holmes also is out indefinitely with a right hamstring strain to make matters worse on the injury front.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Minnesota Timberwolves +3 (-110) +130 O 239 (-110)
Sacramento Kings
-3 (-110) -150 U 239 (-110)

This may be a matchup between two cellar dwellers in the Western Conference, but there is still betting value even in games between bad teams. The Timberwolves have lost seven consecutive games on the road and have only won three of their last 10 overall.

Please Note:
Over their past 10 games, Minnesota’s opponents are averaging 124.3 points per game and Sacramento’s opponents are averaging 119 points over its last 10 games. That is why the Over/Under total is so high between two teams that met earlier this month and combined for just 222 points.

Nonetheless, that O/U total is just too high for two offenses that are not efficient in the slightest. There will be a ton of possessions in this game, but even with that being the case, they still have to be able to score the ball. These two teams are as bad as they are because of their offenses as well as their defenses. Take the Under of 239 points in a game that will undoubtedly be tough to watch.

The Bet
Under 239

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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Joe Menzer / Author

Joe is an award-winning writer and editor who has covered the NBA, NFL, NASCAR, golf, various collegiate athletics and other sports for newspapers, Turner Sports, Fox Sports and ESPN. He has been on the beat for seven Super Bowls, six Daytona 500s and numerous NBA playoff series and All-Star Games. He once was dispatched to Rome, Italy to spend time with an NBA draft choice who opted to play overseas, after which he produced an award-winning series of stories. He also is passionate about fantasy sports and breaking down games in ways that even novice gamblers can use to make their most intelligent wagering decisions.

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