Cleveland Cavaliers' Isaac Okoro
Cleveland Cavaliers' Isaac Okoro reacts after dunking the ball against the Chicago Bulls in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 115-92. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Kyle Barrette

The Cavs come into this game fresh off a big win against the Bulls. Chicago was shorthanded, but it was a good game for the Cavs and their offense, who had been struggling to put up points. The Timberwolves come into this game looking to break a four-game losing streak. Can the Timberwolves bounce back after their worst loss of the season? Let’s see who has the edge in this matchup.

The last three games for the Timberwolves have gotten worse and worse. Their margin of loss has increased with each game. They started by losing by five points, followed by 11 and then by 32. The offense for the Timberwolves has been pretty consistent throughout the season, sitting at 15th in the league at 108 points per game. It really has been their defense that has let them down, especially as of late. The Timberwolves rank 21st in defense, allowing 109 points per game. As of late, though, they have been allowing that and then some. In the last four games, this team has allowed 110+, and they have let teams go over this number in six of their last seven games. Luckily for the Timberwolves, this Cavs team is not known for their offense, but can the Timberwolves contain anyone at this point?

The Cavs have been playing some inspired basketball. Winners of five of their last seven, the Cavs are slowly making a name for themselves. With victories over Eastern Conference frontrunners the Heat and Bulls, as well as a possible playoff berth for the Wizards, the bookmakers will soon take notice. This Cavs’ defense has been the main driving force for this team. We recently touched on how poor their offense has been playing and they put up those numbers against the Bulls, who were down a few guys, but this Timberwolves defense is not much better. With some guys questionable for the Timberwolves, this Cavs defense should thrive once again. 

The Pick: Cavaliers vs. Minnesota -Cavs +1.5
The Cavs are by far the best ATS in the league, covering just under 80% of their games. Minnesota’s leaky defense is going to cost them here, as we saw that against a subpar defense this Cavs team can get going. So far, few teams have been able to crack this Cavs defense, and with question marks heading into this game, it’s not likely the Timberwolves will either. 

Same Game Parlay
Cavs -1, Anthony Edwards First Basket, Darius Garland Over 19.5 Pts, Darius Garland to Score 20+ Pts, Cavs to win by 1-10 Pts and Timberwolves team total under 106.5 Pts.

SGP Odds +6480

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