Minnesota Timberwolves vs Washington Wizards NBA Pick – December 1

The NBA is set up with another great slate of games throughout December 1. Nine games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Washington Wizards. These two teams have been solid early in the season and will look for a big win. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Minnesota has earned a record of 11-10 to start out this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Western Conference. The Timberwolves have won their last two games and seven of their last eight. Minnesota has picked up their play as of late and will look to stay hot. I expect the Timberwolves to come out fast on the road.

The Wizards have put up a record of 13-8 to open up the season, which has them in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. Washington is only one game back on the top seed in the East. The Wizards are coming off a loss and have lost three of their last five. Washington will look to come out strong in this one as they try to get back on track.

These two teams have been really strong early in the season and will look to grab a big win in this one. The Timberwolves have been hot as of late and will look to keep it up. Washington has struggled a bit as of late. If either team can come out strong on Wednesday night, it could be enough to grab the win in this one.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Minnesota Timberwolves +4 (-112) +145 Over 216 (-110)
Washington Wizards -4 (-108) -165 Under 216 (-110)

 

Team Data Minnesota Timberwolves Washington Wizards
Overall Record 11-10 13-8
Away/ Home Record 4-4 7-2
PPG 108.1 105.8
PPG Away/ Home 112.0 111.0
PAPG 106.5 105.7
PAPG Away/ Home 114.6 106.2

Betting Trends

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • 10-11 ATS this season
  • 5-6 ATS as an underdog
  • 4-4 ATS in road games
  • 1-4 ATS after non-Conference game
  • 5-3 ATS after allowing 100 points or less
  • 6-5 ATS against a team with a winning record

Washington Wizards

  • 11-9 ATS this season
  • 4-5 ATS as a favorite
  • 7-2 ATS in home games
  • 2-3 ATS after non-Conference games
  • 2-2 ATS after a loss by 10 points or more
  • 5-1 ATS after scoring 100 points or less
  • 4-4 ATS against a team with winning record

The Timberwolves and Wizards met up twice throughout last season. Bradley Beal finished with 31 points in the first meeting to help lead Washington to a 130-109 win. Beal dropped 34 points in the second matchup as the Wizards earned a 128-112 win. Washington has won three games in a row against Minnesota and will look to stay hot in this one.

Field Goal Shooting

The Timberwolves have struggled shooting the ball early in the season. Minnesota has made 43 percent of their shots from the field, which is 26th in the league. The Timberwolves has shot 33.3 percent of their shots from deep, which is 21st in the NBA. Minnesota has sunk 76.3 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 19th in the league.

Washington has been a bit better shooting the ball on the season. The Wizards have been shooting 45.9 percent from the field, which is 13th in the NBA. Washington has made 32.2 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 27th in the league. The Wizards have drained 78.5 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 11th in the NBA.

The Wizards have the edge shooting the ball so far this season. Minnesota has the edge on defense in this one. The Timberwolves have allowed their opponents to shoot 43.5 percent from the field, which is 8th in the league. Washington has held opposing teams to a 43.9 percent from the field, which is 12th in the NBA.

Top Performers

Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards have both been really strong to open up the season. Towns is averaging 23.5 points and 9 rebounds per game. Edwards has averaged 22 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. D’Angelo Russell is averaging 19.4 points and 6.1 assists per game. Malik Beasley has averaged 10.3 points per game.

Bradley Beal has been really strong to start out the season. Beal has averaged 22.9 points and 6 assists per game. Montrezl Harrell is averaging 16.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Spencer Dinwiddie has averaged 14.7 points, while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 13.4 points and 9 rebounds per game. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has averaged 11 points per game to round out the lineup.

These two teams have been led by their stars to start out this season. The Timberwolves will look for their stars to continue to lead them early in this one. Washington’s lineup has also been strong early in the season. If either team can have some players step up in this one, it could be enough for the win on Wednesday night.

Pick Overview

The Wizards have been really strong early in this season, but Minnesota is coming into this matchup on a nice winning streak. I think that Washington can end the winning streak though. The Wizards have been the better team shooting the ball and will look to dominate early. The Wizards are also at home in this one and I think it will be enough to lead them to the win.

BetOnline has Washington listed as a -4 against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Wizards at home on Wednesday night. I think that this line is accurate given that Minnesota is coming into this game hot. The Timberwolves have been solid this season, but with Washington returning home after a road trip, I like the value on the Wizards.

The Bet
Washington Wizards -4
-108
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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