The Minnesota Timberwolves 14 year period in the NBA Playoff wilderness is about to end. Minnesota has become one of the most improved NBA Games Betting Odds commodities on the board. They have the balance that could make for a deep playoff run. The Chicago Bulls were a consistent playoff team when Tom Thibodeau was their head coach. They are now one of the worst teams in the NBA while their ex-coach is thriving at Minnesota. The Timberwolves host the Bulls on Friday.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Chicago Bulls
Date and Time: Friday, February 9, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
Timberwolves -7 (-110) 217 (-110) -275
Bulls +7 (-110) 217 (-110) +235
Timberwolves vs. Bulls TV Coverage: ESPN
The Minnesota Timberwolves are in good form lately with the NBA Games Betting Odds. Minnesota has come away with the cash in three out of their last four games. Under the total has hit in four out of Minnesota’s last six games. The Wolves now have an overall record of 34-23 straight up and 28-27-2 against the spread. They lead the Northwest Division standings. An offense that ranks sixth in the NBA for scoring is the strength of Minnesota. Guard Jimmy Butler will play in his fourth consecutive All Star Game. He leads the Wolves with 23.3 points per game. Minnesota is coming off a thrilling but tough 140-138 overtime loss at Cleveland. Butler scored 35 points in the loss. Thibodeau developed the reputation for being a defensive oriented coach when he led the Bulls. The actual truth was that he lacked offensive weapons like Butler when he was with at Chicago.
The Chicago Bulls are 18-35 straight but are 29-23-1 against the spread. Chicago has suffered from a steep drop in betting value lately however. The Bulls have failed to get the money in their last six games. Under the total has hit in five out of the last six Chicago games. The Bulls are weak on both ends of the court. They rank 22nd in the NBA for offense and 25th for defense. Chicago is coming off a 104-98 loss at Sacramento as 2.5 point dogs. The firing of Thibodeau was celebrated by Bulls fans when it occurred. Nobody is celebrating now however.
Team vs Team
The Minnesota Timberwolves have had the advantage over the Chicago Bulls recently with the Betting lines. The Bulls have failed to come away with the money in their last four games against Minnesota. Two out of the last three meetings between Chicago and Minnesota have gone over the total. At the United Center the Bulls have come away with the cash in just one out of their last five games against the Wolves. Under the total has paid out in 11 out of the last 13 meetings at Chicago between the Bulls and Wolves.
Matchup to Watch
This matchup features the unique NBA Games Betting Odds intangible of Thibodeau returning to face the team that he used to coach so successfully. The ex-Bulls mentor brings a well balanced team and the desire to stick it to the team that mistakenly canned him.
Timberwolves vs. Bulls NBA Games Betting Odds Picks
Minnesota is the better team with the better coach and proven numbers against the Bulls.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Timberwolves 95, Bulls 86