Bulls vs. Timberwolves Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Friday, March 17, 2023

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Bulls vs. Timberwolves Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, March 17, 2023

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Chicago is a 2.5-point favorite against Minnesota when Zach LaVine’s Bulls (31-37) and the Anthony Edwards-led Timberwolves (35-35) hit the court on March 17, 2023. The game has a point total of 225.

Bulls vs. Timberwolves Odds

  • Bulls odds to win: -143
  • Timberwolves odds to win: +122
  • Spread: Bulls (-2.5)
  • Total: 225

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Game Time and Information

  • When: Friday, March 17, 2023 at 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: United Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • TV: NBCS-CHI and BSN

Who Will Win Bulls vs. Timberwolves?

Bulls and Timberwolves Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread

In games this season they were favored by 2.5 points or more, the Bulls have a 12-14 record against the spread.

The Timberwolves have an 18-11 record against the spread in games they were an underdog by 2.5 points or more this year.

These teams average 228.7 points per game combined, 3.7 more than the total of 225.

Opponents of the two teams average a combined 3.1 more points per game, 228.1, than this game’s total of 225 points.

The average point total for Bulls games this season is 0.7 more points than the total of 225 in this matchup.

The average total in Minnesota’s games this year is 6.1 more points than the point total of 225 in this outing.

Chicago is 34-34-0 against the spread this season.

The Timberwolves have a 33-35-2 record against the spread this season.

Bulls Stats & Insights

The Bulls have a +45 scoring differential, putting up 113.2 points per game (20th in the league) and giving up 112.5 (10th in the NBA).

The Bulls are 20th in the NBA at 42.8 rebounds per game. That’s similar to the 43.1 their opponents average.

Chicago knocks down 2.8 fewer threes per game than the opposition, 10.4 (30th in the league) compared to its opponents’ 13.2.

The Bulls’ 111.4 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 19th in the NBA, and the 110.0 points they allow per 100 possessions rank sixth in the league.

The Bulls have scored at a higher clip when playing at home than away from home in the 2022-23 season (114.3 at home versus 112.0 on the road), though they have given up fewer points at home than away from home (111.2 opponent points per home game versus 113.9 on the road).

Timberwolves Stats & Insights

The Timberwolves have a -3 scoring differential, putting up 115.5 points per game (12th in league) and conceding 115.6 (18th in NBA).

Minnesota grabs 41.5 rebounds per game (23rd in league) while conceding 44.8 per contest to opponents. It is outrebounded by 3.3 boards per game.

The Timberwolves knock down 12.0 three-pointers per game (16th in the league) compared to their opponents’ 12.7. They shoot 35.8% from deep, and their opponents shoot 37.0%.

The Timberwolves rank 20th in the NBA with 111.0 points scored per 100 possessions, and 10th defensively with 110.8 points conceded per 100 possessions.

Minnesota averages 116.2 points per game at home, and 114.8 on the road.

Bulls Key Players to Watch

The Bulls active scoring leader is LaVine, who averages 24.9 per contest to go with 4.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

Nikola Vucevic adds 17.7 points, 3.3 assists and 11.4 rebounds per outing. DeMar DeRozan puts up 25.1 points, 5.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds a game.

The Bulls get 2.8 three-pointers per game out of LaVine.

Alex Caruso averages 1.6 steals per game, while Patrick Williams has 0.8 blocks per contest.

Timberwolves Key Players to Watch

Edwards scores 25.0 points per game and also tacks on 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest.

Rudy Gobert has per-game averages of 13.7 points, 1.0 assist and 11.4 rebounds this season.

Edwards averages 2.7 made threes per game.

The Timberwolves’ defensive efforts get a boost from Edwards (1.6 steals per game) and Gobert (1.4 blocks per game).

Bulls vs. Timberwolves Prediction

  • Pick ATS: Bulls (- 2.5)
  • Pick OU:

    Over (225)

  • Prediction:
    Bulls 116 – Timberwolves 112

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