Best NBA Betting Matchup and Pick of the Week

The NBA season is in full swing, with teams entering their second full week of games. There are still a handful of undefeated teams remaining, including the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors have won their first four games of the 2018-19 NBA season, including going 3-0 at home. Toronto will host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night, and this is the best betting matchup this week around the NBA. The Timberwolves have struggled on the road so far this season, and things won't get any easier against the Raptors. Let's take a quick look at each team before making a prediction on the game.

Lowry Carrying Raptors

Veteran point guard Kyle Lowry has been carrying the Raptors offense in the early going of the season. Lowry leads the Raptors with 23.3 points and 8.7 assists per game and has shot an impressive 61.0 percent from the field. The Raptors are averaging more than 115 points per game this season, and are coming off a 127 point performance against the New Orleans Hornets.

The Toronto Raptors have given up just 106 points per game this season, likely due to adding Kawhi Leonard in the offseason. Leonard was acquired in a trade that saw DeMar DeRozan go to the San Antonio Spurs, but Leonard is one of the best defensive players in the league. The former Spurs star also leads the team with 11 rebounds per game so far this season, and Serge Ibaka has racked up 1.5 blocks per game. Toronto looks like a top team in the NBA this season.

Timberwolves Not Playing Any "D"

The Minnesota Timberwolves have gotten off to a 2-2 start this season, but they do not look like the same team that they were a season ago. Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau is widely regarded as one of the top defensive coaches in the NBA, but Minnesota is giving up a whopping 125 points per game. The Timberwolves gave up more than 130 points in back to back games already this season, and the Raptors should torch their defense in this game.

Jimmy Butler requested a trade from the Timberwolves in the offseason, but Minnesota is much better with him on the floor. Butler leads the team with 28.0 points per game this season including a 33 point outing against the Cavaliers earlier this season. Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns are two other superstar players, but the Wolves clearly lack team chemistry. Minnesota has played well at home this season, but have been a mess on the road.

Raptors Move to 5-0

The Minnesota Timberwolves had all sorts of drama surrounding Jimmy Butler's future in the offseason, and it appears to have affected the team so far this season. Minnesota can't stop anyone, and their offense won't be enough to beat the Raptors in this game. Toronto is always one of the top home teams in the NBA, and they will beat the Minnesota Timberwolves in this game.

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