The Minnesota Timberwolves (32-28) host the cross-conference rival Philadelphia 76ers (35-23) Friday. Tip-off at Wells Fargo Center is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the 76ers vs. Timberwolves odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
Third-place Philly sits 3 games behind the Chicago Bulls for first place in the East. The Sixers were 6-4 straight up (SU) and 4-6 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games before entering the All-Star break. Philly’s most recent outing was a 123-120 victory at the Milwaukee Bucks as a 6.5-point road underdog Feb. 17.
Minnesota kicked off the second half of its season Thursday with a 119-114 win at home versus the Memphis Grizzlies as a 2-point underdog. The T-Wolves are seventh in the West, 2.5 games behind the sixth-place Denver Nuggets for a non-play-in seed.
These teams feature two of the best bigs in the NBA in Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Philly’s Joel Embiid who have a history with one another. KAT and Embiid were ejected from a 76ers-Timberwolves game Oct. 30, 2019, for fighting but have reportedly “squashed the beef”.
Embiid is 6-2 SU versus KAT in their eight career head-to-head meetings but the T-Wolves upset the Sixers 121-120 in overtime Nov. 27 in their first meeting this season.
Also, Philly’s newly acquired SG James Harden is scheduled to make his Sixers debut Friday.
76ers at Timberwolves odds, spread and lines
Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 11:52 a.m. ET.
- Money line (ML): 76ers -145 (bet $145 to win $100) | Timberwolves +120 (bet $100 to win $120)
- Against the spread (ATS): 76ers -2.5 (-115) | Timberwolves +2.5 (-107)
- Over/Under (O/U): 228.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
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