Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Point Spread Pick - Odds and Predictions

January 8, 8:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Cav's -1

The Minnesota Timberwolves (25-16) host the Cleveland Cavaliers (26-13) in a non-conference match up that will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN at 8:00 PM ET. The Cavaliers (-1) hold the point spread favorite role with the total line offered up at 221.5.

The Cavaliers traveled to Orlando and came away with a 131-127 victory over the Magic. LeBron James was the high scorer for Cleveland coming one assist shy of a triple-double racking up 33 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists and Kevin Love also had a productive game posting up 27 points and hitting six of his 12 3-pointers. Aaron Gordon was the high scorer for Orlando with 30 points on 13/26 shooting, but he missed seven of his eight 3-pointers. The Cavaliers outscored the Magic by 17 points in the 3rd quarter and for the game they shot 50% from the floor a number that Orlando duplicated. Cleveland’s four point victory failed to cover the -9 point line and the total of 258 points soared over the 221 O/U line. After losing three in a row the Cavaliers have won two of their last three games, but are a bankroll crushing 1-7 run against the spread.


In their last game the Timberwolves hosted the New Orleans Pelicans and registered an easy116-98 win. Karl Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler were the high scorers for Minnesota with each scoring 21 points and every starter for the team scored in double figures. DeMarcus Cousins was the high scorer for New Orleans picking up 23 points on 6/11 shooting and he also had 15 rebounds. The Timberwolves outscored the Pelicans by 21 points in the first half and coasted for the remaining. For the game they shot 48.9% from the floor and New Orleans shot 42.3%. Minnesota covered the spread as a 1.5-point favorite and the combined points 214 fell short of the 218 total line. The Wolves’ victory put an end to a mini two game losing streak.

The Cavaliers are 11-9 on the road this season and they rank 5th in ppg, tied for 4th in 3-pt FG%, and 2nd in free throw percentage. On defense Cleveland ranks 22nd in ppg allowed, 21st in 3-pt FG% allowed, and 2nd in free-throw percentage allowed.

The Timberwolves are 14-6 at home this season and they rank 7th in ppg, tied for 25th in 3-pt FG%, and 6th in free throw percentage. On defense Minnesota ranks 13th in ppg allowed, 13th in 3-pt FG% allowed, and 25th in free-throw percentage allowed.

This is the first game between these teams this season and last season the Cavaliers beat the Timberwolves twice.

Cleveland at Minnesota NBA Key Betting Trends

  • The Cavaliers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games.
  • The Cavaliers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games.
  • The Cavaliers have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
  • The Timberwolves are 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 home games.
  • The Timberwolves are 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games against teams from the Eastern Conference.
  • The Timberwolves have an Under record of 6-0 in their last 6 games.

Cavaliers at Wolves Betting Angles

The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the Timberwolves.
The Cavaliers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games against the Timberwolves.
The favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 games between these teams.
The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games between these teams.
In the last 4 games between these teams the total has gone OVER every time.

Cleveland at Minnesota Prediction 1/8/18

The trend in this series is to the OVER with the last four meetings ending on that side of the line, but that number reflects games in the last two seasons and this will be their first meeting in this campaign. The Cavaliers have been struggling to score in recent games scoring 101 or fewer points in four of their last six contests. The Timberwolves have been playing great defense holding their opponents to fewer than 100 points in five consecutive games and UNDER bettors have cashed in their last six matches.

Free Pick: 
Take the UNDER 221.5 (CK)