Miami Heat versus Minnesota Timberwolves Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 12-18-2012

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The 12-10 Minnesota Timberwolves will hit the road to play the 15-6 Miami Heat in an NBA pro basketball game on Tuesday night. Tip time from Miami is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA TV.

The NBA odds from this game has the home club Miami Heat favored by -9 points with an over under line of 198 ½ points. When the odds were released in this game just a few hours ago Miami was the -9 point favorite and the total was set at 198 points. There has been no movement on the side and a ½ point move on the over.

The Heat and Timberwolves met once during the lockout season and it was Miami with the 103-101 road win at Minnesota as a -8 ½ point favorite. The game landed under 210 points. Trend: Minnesota Timberwolves are 6-1 to the over in their past seven games.

Minnesota had their four game win streak snapped last night in a 102-93 road defeat at the Orlando Magic as a -3 ½ point favorite. After taking a 12 point halftime lead the Timberwolves can muster just 32 second half points in defeat. It was point guard Ricky Rubio’s second game back since tearing up his knee a year ago. He played just 16 minutes last night with no points and four assists coming off the bench. There has been improvement from the Timberwolves this season on the defensive end of the court as they allow opponents just 94 points a game good for sixth best in the league. They are not a good three point shooting team last in the league at 29.6% conversions.

After a two point loss to the upstart Golden State Warriors on Wednesday the team hosted Washington and blow out the Wizards 102-72 as a -14 ½ point favorite. It was a revenge spot for the Heat as they were embarrassed in defeat to one of the worst teams in the NBA in the Wizards on December 4th. That’s the tough part with this Heat team. With a World Title from a season ago there is not much sense of urgency during this regular season. We often see flat efforts against much inferior teams. The Heat is an explosive offense at home averaging 107 points a game and 51% shooting.

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