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Cavaliers vs. Timberwolves odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, Feb. 1 predictions from model on 69-40 roll

The Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night to wrap up a home-and-home series played on consecutive nights. The Timberwolves (5-14) hit a season-high 16 3-pointers on their way to a 109-104 victory in the first leg Sunday night in Minneapolis. It was just their second victory in the last nine games, while Cleveland (9-11) has lost four of its last five. The teams rank near the bottom of the league in scoring, but the Cavs have a powerful inside game led by Andre Drummond while Dallas will rely on shooters like Malik Beasley and 2020 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Edwards to stay hot.

Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Cleveland is a 4.5-point favorite in the latest Timberwolves vs. Cavaliers odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 219. Before making any Cavaliers vs. Timberwolves picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it returned over $5,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks last season. The model is up nearly $8,100 over the past two-plus seasons. Dating back to last season, it is also on a stunning 69-40 roll on top-rated picks against the spread, returning almost $2,500 on those selections alone. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Cavs vs. Timberwolves. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting trends for Timberwolves vs. Cavs:

  • Timberwolves vs. Cavaliers: Cleveland -4.5
  • Timberwolves vs. Cavaliers over-under: 219
  • Timberwolves vs. Cavaliers money line: Minnesota +170, Cleveland -190
  • MINN: G Anthony Edwards, the top pick in November’s draft, has scored at least 15 in five straight games.
  • CLE: C Andre Drummond has at least 15 rebounds in nine games and has topped 20 three times.

Latest Odds:

Cleveland Cavaliers
-4.5

Why the Cavaliers can cover

Cleveland is 6-4 against the spread at home, and the Cavs are playing better defensively. They allow fewer than 109 points per game, while Minnesota yields more than 117. Drummond is a force inside, and he had 25 points and 22 rebounds in the losing effort Sunday. He leads the NBA in rebounding at nearly 15 per game, and he blocks 1.4 shots and gets 1.7 steals. He and the other Cavs defenders will do all they can to ensure Minnesota’s shooters don’t stay hot.

The Cavaliers rank second in the league at nearly 10 steals per game, and Larry Nance Jr. gets an NBA-best 2.2. Seven players score in double digits, led by Collin Sexton at 24.6. He shoots better than 50 percent from the field and is efficient from 3-point range, converting 43.9 percent. Darius Garland hits 44 percent from outside and scores 15.2 points. Cedi Osman is the main 3-point shooter, hitting more than 36 percent on nearly seven tries per game.  

Why the Timberwolves can cover

Minnesota is 12-12-1 against the spread on no rest since 2018, and the team has been hit with COVID-19 and injury issues. But the Timberwolves showed Sunday night they can beat a team that ranks 29th in the league in scoring at just over 104 per game. Minnesota scores more than 106, and Beasley has picked up the scoring load and is averaging more than 20 points with big man Karl-Anthony Towns (health and safety protocols) out and guard D’Angelo Russell (quadriceps) hobbled.

Russell has been day-to-day but played Sunday night and scored 19 points. Beasley and Edwards tied for the team high with 23 apiece as the Mavs went with a smaller lineup with Towns and center Naz Reid out. Reid could be back from a wrist injury, but the smaller lineup worked Sunday night behind efficient shooting. Russell and Beasley each hit five 3-pointers and Edwards hit four as the Mavs shot 40 percent from beyond the arc.    

How to make Timberwolves vs. Cavaliers picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, with with teams projected to combine for 227 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits over 60 percent of the time. You can get that pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Timberwolves vs. Cavaliers? And which side of the spread hits in more than 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Timberwolves vs. Cavaliers spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks.



 

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