Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers NBA expert prediction and odds for Thursday, Feb. 15 (Trust the Minnesota defense)

NBA betting preview, prediction and best bet for Timberwolves-Trail Blazers.

Feb 4, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (9) talks to an official.
Feb 4, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (9) talks to an official. / Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota is heavily favored Thursday night to enter the NBA All-Star Break alone atop the Western Conference standings. Three teams - Denver, LA Clippers, and Oklahoma City - are within 2.5 games of the Timberwolves for the No. 1 seed, but Minnesota has held them off with eight wins in its last 11 games. 

The Timberwolves have won three straight and beat Portland on the road 121-109 on Tuesday. They are back inside the Moda Center to face the Trail Blazers, losers of five straight, Thursday night and are once again laying a big number. Can they win by a margin for a second-straight game?

Here’s the betting preview for Thursday’s matchup with a best bet. 

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Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers odds, spread and total

Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers how to watch

  • Date: Thursday, Feb. 15
  • Game time: 10 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Moda Center
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
  • Timberwolves record: 38-16
  • Trail Blazers record: 15-38

Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers  injury report

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Anthony Edwards (knee): questionable
  • Wendell Moore Jr. (knee): questionable

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Rayan Rupert (ankle): out
  • Scott Henderson (foot): questionable

Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers key players to watch


Nickeil Alexander-Walker: The former first-round pick is averaging 7.1 points in a minor role off the bench, but has scored in double figures in two straight games. After 15 points and 5 assists in Monday’s win over the Clippers, Alexander-Walker had 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting, hitting five 3-pointers, against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday. If Anthony Edwards can’t go, Alexander-Walker would be in for an elevated role. 

Trail Blazers

Deandre Ayton: The 7-foot center has battled injuries this season but has been a force when healthy. After six days off, Ayton has gone for back-to-back double-doubles. He had 18 points and 17 rebounds in a low-scoring loss to New Orleans on Feb. 10 and finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds in Tuesday’s loss to Minnesota. He’s shooting 65.5% from the field in four games this month and averaging 18.8 points per game. 

Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers prediction and pick

In Tuesday’s matchup, Portland shot 44.8% from the field, 37.9% from 3-point range (11-of-29), and got to the free-throw line 25 times, converting on 20 attempts. 

Those numbers should regress for a Trail Blazers team that is ranked No. 29 in offensive rating and is 29th in the NBA in field goal percentage (44.1%) and 25th in 3-point shooting (35.4%). Portland is a top-10 free-throw shooting team, but Minnesota typically doesn’t allow opponents to get to the charity stripe 25 times, ranking 10th in the NBA in opponents’ free-throw attempts per game. 

Edwards’ knee injury makes backing Minnesota difficult, especially with Portland covering nine of its last 14 games as an underdog. You should, however, trust the Timberwolves’ defense to bounce back against a sub-par Portland offense. Take Portland to go under its team total on Thursday. 

Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.