The Minnesota Timberwolves (21-21) and Phoenix Suns (19-21) will meet up Monday night in a Western Conference affair inside the US Airways Center

Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns 

The Phoenix Suns have won nine consecutive meetings with the Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota heads out on the road after dropping two straight home games, including a 95-89 loss to the New Orleans Hornets as eight-point favorites.  The Timberwolves struggled in hitting just 5 of 23 shots from beyond the arc and turning the ball over 17 times.  “It’s like we reverted back to a long time ago,” commented Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman.  The team is 9-9 on the road this year, including a 7-5 mark versus Western Conference opponents.  Minnesota is 17-7 ATS as an underdog and the “over” is 14-10 in that situation.

The Timberwolves have lost nine consecutive games against the Suns, losing those games by an average of 13.7 points per game over that span.  Minnesota dropped a 104-95 decision to Phoenix as 4.5-point road underdogs on March 1, while going “under” the posted total of 203.  Hitting the century mark is important to this team’s success, posting a 12-6 record when scoring 100-plus points, while going 9-15 when failing to do so.

Phoenix has won the first two of its current four-game home stand, coming off a 98-91 win over the Memphis Grizzlies as 1.5-point underdogs.  The Suns are 12-9 at home this season, including a solid 9-4 mark versus Western Conference rivals.  It’s important to note that the squad has faced double-digit deficits in each of its last five wins.  The franchise holds a 58-27 series advantage against Minnesota, including a 33-11 mark when playing in the Valley of the Sun.  Phoenix is 5-1 ATS in March and the “under” is 5-1 in those games.

The Suns are enjoying their third-straight 5-1 start after the NBA All-Star break, with only the Chicago Bulls (7-1) enjoying a better record over that span.  Phoenix has won all five home games since point guard Steve Nash played in the All-Star Game in Orlando.  He finished with 13 points and dished out a season high-tying 17 assists in his last meeting with tonight’s opponent.

Bettors will likely back the Timberwolves due to their 7-3 ATS mark as a road underdog, while the home team is 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

Recommendation: Minnesota Timberwolves +4

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