The Minnesota Timberwolves will host the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night at the Target Center with tipoff set for 8:00 PM ET. Minnesota is in the midst of a five-game losing streak heading into Saturday’s matchup. Expected to contend in the Western Conference following the addition of center Rudy Gobert, the inconsistent Wolves are 16-20 heading into the final game of 2022. Gobert sat out Minnesota’s 123-114 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday due to a non-COVID illness and is listed as day-to-day. Karl-Anthony Towns remains out with a right calf strain. Detroit has lost seven of its past eight games including a 132-118 defeat on the road against the Bulls on Friday. Killian Hayes will continue his three-game suspension on Saturday, while Hamidou Diallo will return after serving his one-game suspension.
Timberwolves vs Pistons Betting Odds
*Lines accurate at the time of publication
Timberwolves vs Pistons Best Bets
Timberwolves -5 (-110 DraftKings)
Minnesota has won the past five meetings against Detroit, and if Gobert plays they will have a huge talent edge. And as much abuse as Killian Hayes has endured over the last couple of years, he has been playing through the best stretch of his career and is a big loss at point guard for the Pistons. For the Timberwolves, both Naz Reid and Jaylen Nowell have stepped up their game with the loss of Gobert and Towns. Minnesota is 17-6 ATS in their last 23 games against teams below a .400 winning percentage. Detroit is 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Risk: 1.1 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -6)
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Timberwolves vs Pistons Game Over 233.5 Points (-110 DraftKings)
Both teams rank in the bottom half in defensive efficiency with the Pistons allowing 116 points per 100 possessions. Minnesota has been getting beaten in the paint and on the perimeter. They have allowed teams to make over 39% of 3-point shots in home games this season. The over is 5-2 in the Pistons last seven and 4-1 in Minnesota’s last five.
Risk: 1.1 Units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to 234)