Nov 22, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) dunks in the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
The Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Philadelphia 76ers at 6pm ET on Saturday, Nov. 27th
The Timberwolves enter the game 9-10 overall, while the 76ers come in at 10-9 on the year
See below for the latest odds, analysis and the best bet
The NBA’s Saturday slate kicks off with the Minnesota Timberwolves in Philadelphia to take on the 76ers in an inter-conference showdown at Wells Fargo Center at 6pm ET on NBA League Pass.
The 76ers are slated as four-point favorites over the Timberwolves.
Timberwolves vs 76ers Odds
Over 218 (-110)
Under 218 (-110)
Odds as of Nov. 26th from FanDuel
Minnesota is 9-10 overall and is 6-4 in its last 10 contests, currently in a playoff spot in the West. The Timberwolves are coming off of a 133-115 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.
Philadelphia is 10-9 on the year and is just 3-7 in its last 10 games, but still sit in the postseason picture in the East. The 76ers most recently fell on the road to the Golden State Warriors 116-96 last Wednesday.
The biggest potential addition to the contest is Philadelphia big man Joel Embiid (health and safety protocols), who is questionable. Tobias Harris (left hip) is also questionable for the 76ers.
For Minnesota, Patrick Beverley (adductor strain) was held out of Friday night’s game and will likely miss Saturday’s contest.
Timberwolves Try to Remain Hot
A loss Friday in Charlotte has somewhat cooled Minnesota, who were one of hottest teams in the NBA riding a five-game winning streak.
Over the last five games, the Timberwolves have played well on both ends while displaying a physical trait we haven’t seen much in past years.
During their five-game win streak, Minnesota averaged 111.6 points on 46.2% shooting from the field and 35.1% from three, recording a plus/minus of plus-20.8. Minnesota also recorded an offensive rating of 118.9, a defensive rating of 103.2 and a net rating of 15.7, also owning the board with a 53.1% rebound percentage.
Defense and rebounding are two key factors to the success of the Timberwolves this season. They are outrebounding opponents 47.7-44.3 in wins and are getting outrebounded 52.1-43.9 in losses. Minnesota has also given up 113.4 points in losses compared to just 96.1 points allowed in wins.
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76ers Could Get Big Boost
Philadelphia could get a huge piece to the team back Saturday, if Embiid indeed returns to action after missing the last nine games.
The centerpiece of the 76ers, Embiid has fed into the success of Philadelphia to this point in the season and his absence is the main reason they’ve struggled so much. With their star center in nine games this season, the 76ers are 7-2. Without Embiid, they are 3-7.
Philadelphia has struggled defensively in losses compared to wins this year, and part of that is due to missing their MVP candidate. In nine losses, the 76ers are giving up 114.9 points per game while registering just 103 points on the other end. In victory, they are giving up 98.3 points while averaging 110.8 points offensively.
Individually, outside of Embiid, Harris has led Philadelphia with 20.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Tyrese Maxey has pitched in with 18.7 points, 4.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds and Seth Curry has been a nice piece, averaging 15.9 points and 3.1 rebounds.
Timberwolves vs 76ers Pick
You get the feeling this contest will be a closely-contested. The 76ers haven’t been that great at home this season, with a record of 4-4, but the Timberwolves have been equally as average on the road with a record of 3-4.
If Embiid does return, the edge goes to Philadelphia at home. If he doesn’t, don’t be surprised to see Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns and Minnesota come away with a victory on the road.
But if you’re betting on the outcome, go with a more rested 76ers squad topping the Timberwolves on a second night of a back-to-back.
Looking for another play? Go with the under of 218 set for the game. If this game ends up being close, it’s likely both teams will play well defensively and should come in under that total.
The Pick: Under 218 (-110)