Minnesota at Toronto
Happy holidays in Toronto this year , where the Raptors are on the 1st place of their Atlantic Division. Even though it s a weak division , and their precentege is very low .429. Raptors (12-16) look for their sixth win in seven games at the Air Canada Centre when they meet the Minnesota Timberwolves.
It was a up and down start seson for them , with a horrible 0-6 on a road in the beggining , but with a surprising 5-4 without Chris Bosh, the team leader with 20.5 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. Bosh is recovering from a sore right knee and is expected to resume running this week.
The Raptors have won four straight from the Timberwolves thanks in part to shooting 49.0 percent (47-for-96) from beyond the arc in those contests. Maybe tonight , they ll continue their good streak , and A Bargnani will show some nice basketball , not like in thier last game against the Sonics , wher he scored just 3 points.
This season Toronto is 7-3 at home, where it will play five of its next six, including tough matchups against Chicago and Phoenix.
Minessota will be without Hassell and McCants , but the rookie Randy Foye showed some great skill in the last game against Chicago , when he scored the winner with 2 sec. to go , and Timberwolves won 100-98 after they blew a 25-point lead. Kevin Garnett finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds against Chicago , and in 21 career games against the Raptors, he s averaging 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He’s recorded double-doubles in five straight games against them. On tonight s game Bargnani will have to guard the Minnesota all star , and everybody s expecting to do it at a high level.
Even if the Raptors are a very impredictible team , i m gonna back them up , because they had a 4 day rest and they really play good at home with their crowd support.
So , today s pick goes to :
Toronto -1,5 @ 1,93 played at Canbet