The Minnesota Timberwolves (10-8) and the Charlotte Hornets (5-14) clash against one another on Friday afternoon. The Timberwolves are playing superb basketball right now, winning five straight games, and on Wednesday, they defeated the Indiana Pacers 115-101. Charlotte just halted its three-game skid, outlasting the Philadelphia 76ers 115-101 on Nov. 23. LaMelo Ball (ankle), Cody Martin (knee) and Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) are out for Charlotte, with Gordon Hayward (shoulder) questionable. Jordan McLaughlin (calf) and Taurean Prince (shoulder) are out for Minnesota, with Kyle Anderson (back) questionable.
Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. Caesars Sportsbook lists Minnesota as a 5-point favorite in the latest Timberwolves vs. Hornets odds. The over/under for total points is set at 226. Before making any Hornets vs. Timberwolves picks, you need to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Timberwolves vs. Hornets and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Hornets vs. Timberwolves:
- Timberwolves vs. Hornets spread: Minnesota -5
- Timberwolves vs. Hornets Over-Under: 226 points
- Timberwolves vs. Hornets money line: Minnesota -210, Charlotte +175
- MIN: Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last five games vs. a team with a losing straight-up record
- CHA: Hornets are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games overall
- Timberwolves vs. Hornets picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Timberwolves can cover
Guard Anthony Edwards is a dynamic scorer with outstanding athleticism who is able to get into the lane and explode to the rim with power. The 2020 first-overall pick is an excellent scorer off the dribble with a beautiful shooting stroke. The 21-year-old averages 21.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.8 assists, and on Nov. 16, he dropped 35 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
Center Karl-Anthony Towns is an impactful two-way force on the floor. Towns has a nice shooting touch with superb range for a big and the three-time All-Star can be a top-tier shot-blocker with great ability and instincts. Towns averages 21.6 points, and nine rebounds along with shooting 36% from downtown. On Monday, he racked up 25 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists.
Why the Hornets can cover
Forward Kelly Oubre Jr. is an athletic and long (7-foot-2 wingspan) player on the wing. Oubre Jr. looks to get out in transition and attack the lane consistently. The Kansas product does a great job at weaving his way to the basket and finishing through contact. The 26-year-old averages 19.1 points and 5.2 rebounds, and on Nov. 18, he racked up 34 points, three rebounds, and three steals.
Guard Terry Rozier is an explosive playmaker who possesses good length and is excellent at playing through contact. The Louisville product also owns a good jumper with solid range. The 28-year-old puts up 20.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists. On Nov. 16, Rozier finished with 17 points and eight assists.
How to make Timberwolves vs. Hornets picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 232 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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