Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Mar 18, 2023

Can the Raptors inch closer to a playoff spot when they host Minnesota on Saturday night?

March 18, 2023, 7:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Pointspread +9.5 -110
Moneyline +340
Over / Under o +222


Betting Action


Pointspread -9.5 -110
Moneyline -419
Over / Under u +222


Betting Action


Toronto concludes a three-game homestand on Saturday night by hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves, who remain without injured former No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns and now might be without another one. The Raptors are 9.5-point favourites on the NBA odds. Note that it is the front end of a back-to-back.

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Minnesota tries for the season sweep as it beat the visiting Raptors 128-126 on Jan. 19 despite trailing by 14 midway through the fourth quarter. Toronto scored just seven points in the final 9:46. D’Angelo Russell scored 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Wolves, but he is now with the LA Lakers. Anthony Edwards had 23 points, and Kyle Anderson 20 points and 10 boards.

The Wolves were not only without Karl-Anthony Towns, who has been out for months and remains so, but also three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert. The Raptors scored 62 points in the paint without Gobert to protect the rim and added 23 fast-break points. Scottie Barnes had 29 points to lead the Raptors, and Fred VanVleet had 25 points and 10 assists. OG Anunoby’s three-point try with 0.4 seconds remaining was off the mark.

Toronto leads the all-time series 36-17 and is 23-4 as the home team – winning the past 17 at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors are 6-2 ATS in the past eight meetings.

Minnesota Timberwolves

The opening spread for this game was Toronto -6.5, but it has jumped three points because Minnesota was dragged to double overtime on Friday in Chicago, losing 139-131 – the team’s fourth defeat in the past five games – and because All-Star guard Anthony Edwards, a former No. 1 overall pick, left with a sprained right ankle in the first quarter. Edwards (24.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.4 apg) most likely won’t play here. That would mean more time for Toronto native Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who had 12 points off the bench in Chicago. Minnesota is 7-4 straight up this season in the second of a back-to-back and has covered the past five.

Toronto Raptors

Toronto didn’t allow itself to be caught in a trap game Thursday at home vs. Oklahoma City, routing the Thunder 128-111 for a second straight win overall and sixth in a row at home. The Thunder are not good defensively and Toronto shot 48.5 per cent overall and 14-for-32 from deep. The Raptors outrebounded OKC by 20 with a season-high 59 boards and had 23 fast-break points to the Thunder’s six. Pascal Siakam had 25 points with 14 rebounds, eight assists, and Gary Trent Jr. broke out of a slump with 23 points. Jakob Poeltl had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double. He is averaging 15.0 points and 11.0 rebounds during that run and his career-best such streak is four double-doubles in a row. The Raptors had a season-high six players finish with 15-or-more points Thursday. Backup centre Christian Koloko suffered a fractured nose in the game and is questionable Saturday. The Dinos are 6-2 ATS in their past eight Saturday games.

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