Wolves-Blazers Betting Preview: What’s Wrong With Portland’s Defense?


Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard.

Dec 08, 2018, 01:51 PM EST

Betting odds: Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland Trail Blazers

  • Spread: Blazers -3
  • Over/Under: 219.5
  • Time: 10 p.m. ET

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The Wolves are one of the NBA’s hottest teams right now; the Blazers are most certainly not, failing to cover the spread in seven of their past eight games. What’s wrong with them? And can they turn it around tonight? Our experts dive in.

Mears: My Thoughts on Tonight’s Spread and Total

These two teams are trending in opposite directions: The Wolves have covered six of their past seven games; the Blazers have covered just one of their past eight. It’s been ugly, although they did have a chance to get right on Thursday against the lowly Suns.

This line of Blazers -3 in Portland suggests these two teams are about even on a neutral court right now. And it’s easy to make that case if you look at season-long stats…