Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Picks 12/1/2019
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North Plus
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota -8.5
Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves (10-8, 3rd in the Northwest Division) host the Memphis Grizzlies (5-13, 5th in the Southwest Division) at Target Center on Sunday, December 1, 2019. The odds on this game have Minnesota as 8.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 233.
The Grizzlies are covering the spread 38.9% of the time, having gone 7-11-0 ATS. Minnesota is covering the spread 52.9% of the time, going 9-8-1 against the spread.
Key Memphis Grizzlies Injuries
11/29/2019 John Konchar SG Calf Game Time Decision
11/18/2019 Andre Iguodala SG Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Dec 15
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
11/27/2019 Treveon Graham SG Undisclosed Game Time Decision
11/27/2019 Jake Layman SF Toe Game Time Decision
11/27/2019 Shabazz Napier PG Hamstring Game Time Decision
Dillon Brooks averages 12.7 points per game in 27.3 minutes per contest. He averages 2.1 assists per contest and 3.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 39% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%. Ja Morant comes into this contest averaging 18.6 points per game while playing 28.7 minutes per night. He pulls down 3.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is at 77%.
Andrew Wiggins averages 25.3 points per game and he sees the court an average of 34.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.4 rebounds per contest and 3.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 68%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 26.3 points per game while playing 32.9 minutes per contest. He grabs 12.6 rebounds per game and has 4.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is at 79%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Grizzlies allow 117.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 28th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 20th and 21st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.5 rebounds a game which ranks 15th, and they give up 25.2 assists per contest which puts them in 22nd place in the league. They force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 8th in the league. Memphis averages 108.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -8.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 13th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 17th in the league. They average 45.7 rebounds per game and 26.8 assists per contest, which ranks them 14th and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 5th with 16.7 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Timberwolves surrender 114.4 points per contest, which ranks them 23rd in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 13th and 22nd in those defensive statistics. They rank 15th with 24.1 assists allowed per contest, and 27th with 47.9 rebounds surrendered per game. The Timberwolves are 19th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.7 per game. Minnesota is 7th in the league with 114.1 points per game this year. They are 25th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -0.3. They shoot 32% from 3-point range, which is good for 28th in the NBA. They are 3rd in the league in rebounding with 48.3 boards per game and 18th in assists per contest with 23.8. The Timberwolves are 12th in turnovers per game with 15.7.
The Grizzlies are 26th in the league in defensive rating with 112.9, and their offensive rating of 104.6 is ranked 24th. They are 6th in the NBA in pace with 103.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 21st. As a unit they are 23rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shot attempts, ranking 26th in the NBA. Memphis is 6th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.5 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 10th in the NBA.
Minnesota is 18th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 19th in the league. The Timberwolves are 19th in the NBA in offensive rating with 107.3, and their defensive rating of 107.6 is ranked 12th. In terms of pace they are 5th in the league with 104.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 22nd. As a team they are 22nd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shots, ranking 4th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Grizzlies/Timberwolves NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Memphis +8.5
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