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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Chicago Bulls Total Pick

Time: 8:00 PM EST Monday January 27, 2014, NBA TV
Location: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Bulls host the Minnesota Timberwolves in a non-conference match up.

In their last games: The Bulls beat the Charlotte Hornets 89-87 and the Timberwolves lost to the Portland Trailblazers 115-104.

The Bulls only shot 40.3% from the floor in their win over the Bobcats, but they buried 11 of their 23 3-pointers and held Charlotte to 42% shooting from the field.

In their loss to the Blazers the Timberwolves allowed Portland to shoot 48.4% from the floor and they were outrebounded by 10 boards.

The last time these 2 teams met was last season in Minnesota when the Bulls beat the Timberwolves 104-97.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

Minnesota is the 2nd highest scoring team in the NBA and will face a Chicago defense that ranks 2nd in the league.

The Bulls need to play good D, as they only rank 29th in the league in scoring.

The Bulls are tied for the most wins in the month of January (10).

The Bulls are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against the Timberwolves.

Betting Odds
Point Spread: Timberwolves -2.5
Over/Under Total Line: 196
Moneyline: Minnesota -140/Chicago +120

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Minnesota Timberwolves: 21-22 SU 23-20 ATS
Chicago Bulls: 22-21 SU 20-23 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• MINN is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• MINN is 25-9-1 ATS in their last 35 games following a S.U. loss.
• MINN has an Over record of 5-2-1 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
• CHI is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
• CHI is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
• CHI has an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 home games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Minnesota Timberwolves: 93.14
Chicago Bulls: 88.53

Key Player Injuries
Timberwolves
[F] 01/2/2014 – Kevin Love Probable Monday (ankle)

Bulls
[G] 01/22/2014 –Kirk Hinrich Out (hamstring)

Over/Under Pick

The line is on the high side for a Chicago total, but the series has trended to the over with 3 of the last 4 sailing over the posted line. The Timberwolves have proven all season that they can score ranking No. 2 in the NBA and the Bulls home defense has been generous as of late allowing 3 of their last 4 to over 100 points.
Take the over 196.

Bet this game at and Lay -105 instead of -110 on this game!

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