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Vegas Play of the Day: Timberwolves at Jazz

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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love shoots against the Detroit Pistons in the first half of their preseason NBA game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.

2014 NCAA Tournament

Which top-ranked team would you bet to win the national championship?
Florida 9-to-2 — 36.0%
Wichita State 12-to-1 — 16.3%
Syracuse 8-to-1 — 15.1%
Arizona 12-to-1 — 15.1%
Duke 8-to-1 — 10.5%
San Diego State 60-to-1 — 7.0%

This poll is closed, see Full Results »

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Our Play of the Day feature, which uses odds from the South Point sports book, is on a couple positive streaks.

Taylor Bern has cashed on nine of his last 11 picks, including two in a row. I’m looking for my fourth consecutive win today.

Unfortunately with the doomed start, I’ve still got quite a long way to go to dig myself out of the hole and get back to our starting bankroll of $10,000.

Utah Jazz plus-5 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: $330 to win $300

The last 10 days have gone swimmingly for Minnesota. The Timberwolves were featured on ESPN Wednesday and consequently destroyed the team with the league’s second-best record, the Indiana Pacers. In their last game before the All-Star Break, they hammered the Nuggets by 27 points.

Now the public is onboard and pounding Minnesota to win in Utah tonight. That’s a good omen to go the other way.

Minnesota was unsustainably efficient on offense in its last two games. A team that’s shot 43 percent for the year isn’t suddenly going to make more than half of its field goals over the long haul.

That rings especially true for the Timberwolves, who are missing their second and third best offensive options in Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin. The Jazz, on the other hand, are incredibly healthy.

They’re still getting points as if they’re one of the absolute worst teams in the NBA, but that’s no longer the case. Make no mistake: Utah isn’t going to make a playoff run or anything, but it’s nearly .500 over the last two-and-a-half months following a disastrous 4-18 start to the season.

EnerySolutions Arena is traditionally a tough place to play, and Utah is hungry to make amends for blowing a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter against Portland last night.

Standings: Bern (12-6, $11,420), Keefer (5-7, $8,717.50), Brewer (5-9-2, $7,460)

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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