The 43-14 Miami Heat will travel on a back to back when they face a rested 20-36 Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA pro basketball game on Monday night. Tip off time from Minnesota is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NBA TV.
The odds from this pro basketball game will come out on Monday afternoon as Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic is listed as doubtful with an abdominal injury. Andre Kirilenko is also questionable for Minnesota as he sports a calf injury.
The teams met back on December 18th with Miami posting the 103-92 home win as a -8 ½ point favorite. The game finished under 200 points.
Miami has a road record of 17-11 on the year. They win their 14th game in a row following a 99-93 come from behind victory against the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon as a -4 ½ point betting favorite. The game finished under 196 ½ points. The Heat overcame a 16 point deficit in the win. They shoot 46.4% from the field and 8 of 20 from three. They held New York to 43.2% shooting and forced 18 Knicks turnovers. Lebron James led Miami with 29 points and 11 rebounds on 12 of 23 shooting. Miami has shot the ball extremely well this season ranking first in the league in field goal percentage and second from the three point line. The one blemish is the Heat is the worst rebounding team in the NBA.
The Timberwolves are 13-14 on their home court. They lose for the fifth straight time following a 109-94 road defeat to the Portland Trailblazers on Saturday night as a +8 point underdog. The game finished over 197 points. Minnesota fell behind 31-19 after one period. They shoot just 39.1% from the floor and made 1 of 12 three pointers. The Timberwolves lose on the glass by a 55-47 margin and give up 48.9% shooting to the Trailblazers. Derrick Williams led Minnesota with 23 points and 8 rebounds on 9 of 20 from the floor. Injuries have really impacted this Timberwolves team on the offensive end of the court. Chase Budinger and Kevin Love are two key cogs on offense and have been sidelined for significant time. As a result the Timberwolves have fallen to 27th and fourth last in the league in shooting percentage by making just 43.5% from the field. Minnesota is the worst three point shooting team in the NBA by making 29.8% from beyond the arc.