Raptors vs. Timberwolves NBA expert final score, prediction and odds for Wednesday, April 3 (Lay it with Minnesota)

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Apr 2, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid (11) dunks against the Rockets.
Apr 2, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid (11) dunks against the Rockets. / Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports

It has now been a month since Toronto’s been on the smiling side of the scoreboard. The Raptors’ last win was on March 3 over Charlotte. Since then, Toronto has dropped 14 consecutive games going into Wednesday’s tilt as double-digit underdogs against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

These two teams haven’t met since Opening Night in October, when Toronto pulled out a 97-94 win over the Timberwolves. The two teams have gone in different directions since and Minnesota is fighting for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves are in a three-way race for the west’s summit and currently sit a half-game back of the Denver Nuggets for the honor. Can Minnesota pull away as big favorites? 

Here’s the betting breakdown of the matchup with a pick. 

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Raptors vs. Timberwolves odds, spread and total

Raptors vs. Timberwolves how to watch

  • Date: Wednesday, April 3 
  • Game time: 8 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Target Center
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
  • Raptors record: 23-52
  • Timberwolves record: 52-23 

Raptors vs. Timberwolves injury report

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Raptors vs. Timberwolves key players to watch

Toronto Raptors

RJ Barrett: The former No. 3 overall pick returned to action in Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and picked up where he left off, pouring in 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with six rebounds and six assists. Barrett averaged 22 points in just five March games and has been a bright spot for his hometown team. 

Minnesota Timberwolves

Naz Reid: With Karl-Anthony Towns going down, Reid has been asked to step up in a dominant Minnesota frontcourt. The LSU product has done just that and averaged 16.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game in March. He opened April with 25 points (his most since December) in the win over Houston. 

Raptors vs. Timberwolves prediction and pick

When you’re backing a big favorite, you have to have motivation. Minnesota, obviously, still has a lot to play for in the final stretch of the regular season in its race for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. 

You can’t understate how abysmal Toronto has been over its 14-game losing streak, specifically against the league’s top-tier clubs. Toronto, 10-36 vs. teams over .500, has lost its last seven games against teams with winning records by an average of 22.1 points. 

Toronto’s offense has been better on the road this season, scoring 116.1 points in away contests, 6.6 points better than its home average. However, a below-average Toronto offense that is 18th in effective field goal percentage should have issues - like most teams do - against Minnesota’s elite defense. 

Toronto is at its best inside the arc (No. 15 in 2-point shooting), but that plays to the strength of Minnesota’s top-rated defense, which is top-5 in the NBA in points in the paint and second-chance points allowed. For Toronto to hang around, the Raptors would have to light it up from the perimeter, which has been hard to come by this season as the 26th-best 3-point shooting team in the league. Minnesota’s offense can get it done against a Toronto squad that has allowed at least 128 points in three consecutive games. The Timberwolves keep the pedal down in its race for the No. 1 seed. 

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