Utah Jazz vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/11/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -1.5
Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves (10-13, 4th in the Northwest Division) host the Utah Jazz (13-11, 2nd in the Northwest Division) at Target Center on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Utah opens this matchup as 1.5 point favorites. The O/U is set at 222.
The Jazz are covering the spread 37.5% of the time, having gone 9-15-0 ATS. Minnesota is covering 40.9% of the time, going 9-13-1 against the spread.
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
12/8/2019 Mike Conley PG Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Dec 11
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
12/9/2019 Jake Layman SF Toe Expected to be out until at least Dec 11
Bojan Bogdanovic averages 20.6 points per game in 33.1 minutes per contest. He averages 2.0 assists per contest and 4.4 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 88%. Donovan Mitchell comes into this contest averaging 24.7 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per night. He pulls down 4.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is at 84%.
Andrew Wiggins averages 24.5 points per game and he sees the court an average of 34.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.2 rebounds per contest and 3.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 72%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 26.1 points per game while playing 33.7 minutes per contest. He grabs 11.7 rebounds per game and has 4.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage is at 80%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Jazz allow 106.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 9th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 9th and 9th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.8 rebounds a game which ranks 7th, and they give up 21.0 assists per contest which puts them in 2nd place in the league. They force 13.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league. Utah averages 105.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 23rd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.2 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 18th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 4th in the league. They average 45.2 rebounds per game and 21.3 assists per contest, which ranks them 14th and 27th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 5th with 16.5 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Timberwolves surrender 117.4 points per contest, which ranks them 28th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 18th and 22nd in those defensive statistics. They rank 20th with 24.7 assists allowed per contest, and 27th with 46.9 rebounds surrendered per game. The Timberwolves are 10th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.5 per game. Minnesota is 7th in the league with 114.6 points per game this year. They are 25th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -2.9. They shoot 33% from 3-point range, which is good for 26th in the NBA. They are 6th in the league in rebounding with 47.0 boards per game and 19th in assists per contest with 23.4. The Timberwolves are 13th in turnovers per game with 15.6.
The Jazz are 24th in the NBA in offensive rating with 105.3, and their defensive rating of 105.4 is ranked 11th. In terms of pace they are 16th in the league with 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 15th. As a team they are 12th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 14th in the league. Utah is 3rd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 23rd in the league.
Minnesota is 19th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 14th in the league. The Timberwolves are 16th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109, and their defensive rating of 111.7 is ranked 20th. In terms of pace they are 6th in the league with 103.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 23rd. As a team they are 19th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shots, ranking 5th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Jazz/Timberwolves NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Utah -1.5
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