Last Updated Feb 25, 2022, 7:57 PM
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions, Picks, Odds
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NBA regular-season action will resume on Friday night with an enticing non-conference showdown between the Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves. Coverage begins from Target Center in Minneapolis at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Sixers 117, Wolves 112
Sixers -1.5 (-110) at BetMGM
Sixers vs. Wolves Predictions
After finishing 13th in the West with a record of 23-49 SU last year, Minnesota briefly kept that same ball rolling with another rocky start to this season, as the Timberwolves opened with a lackluster 11-15 SU skid – while averaging just 107.7 OPPG during that span.
The Wolves have seemingly flipped the script since their opening stretch though, considering Minnesota enters Friday boasting records 20-13 SU and 18-13-2 ATS across their latest 33-game stretch – despite getting tagged as underdogs in 14 of those matchups.
On the other hand, the Sixers also posted a lackluster start to the season, as Philadelphia kicked things off with a mediocre 16-16 SU and 13-18-1 ATS stretch – while scoring just 105.4 OPPG during that timeframe.
The Sixers have played excellent since the Holidays though, considering Philadelphia enters Thursday riding a sturdy 19-7 SU and 15-11 ATS run – while scoring 110.3 PPG OPPG and allowing just 105.2 DPPG across that window.
I’ll back Philadelphia here, as the Sixers are 9-4 SU across their last 13 games, while surrendering an average of 107.2 DPPG during that timeframe – likely serving as a difficult task for a Wolves squad that allowed 120+ PTS defensively in four-of-five matchups leading up to the All-Star Break (121.8 DPPG).
Sixers vs. Wolves Betting Odds
Sixers vs. Wolves Betting Resources
- Matchup: Atlantic vs. Northwest
- Date: Friday, February 25, 2022
- Venue: Target Center
- Location: Minneapolis, MN
- TV-Time: NBA League Pass - 8:00 p.m. ET
- Injury Report
Philadelphia 76ers Betting Analysis
- SU: 35-23
- ATS: 28-29-1
- O/U: 24-32-2
After earning the top spot in the East with a record of 49-23 SU last year, the Sixers stumbled out to a surprisingly frustrating start to this season, as Philadelphia went just 16-16 SU across their opening 32-game stretch – while scoring less than 106 OPPG during that timeframe.
Joel Embiid has single-handedly carried the Sixers since the Holidays, considering Philadelphia enters Friday riding a solid 19-7 SU run, propelled by Embiid averaging 33.4 PPG, 11.5 REB, 4.7 AST, and 1.4 BLK across that window. Fortunately, help is on the way though, as Philadelphia acquired nine-time All-Star James Harden at the trade deadline – and he’s expected to make his Sixers’ debut any day now.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Analysis
- SU: 31-28
- ATS: 29-28-2
- O/U: 36-23
After last year’s disappointing 23-49 SU showing, Minnesota kept that same momentum going with another discouraging start to this season, as the Wolves kicked things off with a lackluster 11-15 SU and ATS skid – with nine of those SU losses coming by 10+ PTS.
The Wolves have played solid basketball since mid-December though, considering Minnesota enters Friday riding a sturdy 20-13 SU and 18-13-2 ATS stretch – while scoring just over 117 OPPG across that window (117.3 PPG).
Sixers vs. Wolves Head-to-Head
The Sixers swept a two-game regular-season set against Minnesota last year, with the first matchup staying under the total set for Friday’s affair at a score of 118-94 – while the second soared over with a score of 122-113. The most recent meeting between these teams took place back in November of this season though, which resulted in a thrilling double-overtime victory for Minnesota (121-120 2OT).
Key Players to Watch
- PHI: Joel Embiid - C (29.6 PPG, 11.2 REB, 4.5 AST)
- PHI: James Harden - PG (22.5 PPG, 8 REB, 10.2 AST)
- MIN: Karl-Anthony Towns - C (24.4 PPG, 9.7 REB, 4 AST)
- MIN: Anthony Edwards - SG (21.9 PPG, 4.8 REB, 3.6 AST)
Sixers vs. Wolves Betting Conclusion
After posting an impressive road victory over Milwaukee in their final matchup before the All-Star Break (W, 123-120), the Sixers hit the road again for Friday’s contest as narrow underdogs against the Wolves at Target Center – marking the sixth straight home game Minnesota has been favored in.
I’ll lay the points with Philadelphia here, as the Wolves enter Friday riding a bumpy 7-5 SU and 6-5-1 ATS stretch, while surrendering an average of 118.7 DPPG across that timeframe – setting the stage for a tough home matchup against a Sixers squad that allowed 107 PTS or less in 8-of-14 contests leading up to the All-Star Break (106.7 DPPG).
Sixers vs. Wolves Betting Trends
- The Sixers are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games.
- The total has gone OVER in four of the last six Sixers' games.
- The Wolves are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 matchups against Philadelphia.
- The Sixers are 3-5 ATS in their last eight games.