Chicago Bulls vs Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions, Free NBA Pick 3/4/2020
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago -1.5
Coby White and the Chicago Bulls (21-40, 3rd in the Central Division) travel to Target Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-42, 5th in the Northwest Division). Chicago opens this matchup as 1.5 point favorites. The over/under is set at 226.
The Bulls cover the spread 45.0% of the time, having gone 27-33-1 ATS. Minnesota is covering 35.1% of the time, going 20-37-2 against the spread.
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
03/02/20 PG Zach LaVine Quad is questionable Wednesday vs Minnesota
03/02/20 PF Lauri Markkanen Pelvis is questionable Wednesday vs Minnesota
02/27/20 PF Luke Kornet Ankle is out 6-8 weeks
02/21/20 SF Chandler Hutchison Shoulder is out indefinitely
02/04/20 PG Kris Dunn Knee is out indefinitely
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
02/14/20 C Karl-Anthony Towns Wrist is out indefinitely
Coby White comes into this game averaging 12.6 points per contest while playing 25.1 minutes per night this year. He grabs 3.5 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.5 assists per game. His FG percentage is 39% while his free throw percentage is 78%. Zach Lavine averages 25.5 points per contest in 34.8 minutes per game. He averages 4.2 assists per game and 4.8 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% for the season while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Malik Beasley scores 10.2 points per contest while playing 20.9 minutes per game. He hauls in 2.5 rebounds per contest and has 1.3 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is at 83%. D'Angelo Russell averages 23.6 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 32.4 minutes per game. He also brings in 3.9 rebounds per game and has 6.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Useful Team Statistics
Chicago averages 106.9 points per contest, which is 25th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -3.1 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 24th. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 21st in the NBA. They average 42.0 boards per contest and 23.2 assists per game, which ranks them 30th and 23rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 4th with 15.6 per game. The Bulls allow 110.0 points per contest, which is 13th in the NBA. They also surrender a 48% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 26th and 13th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 45.7 rebounds a game which ranks 21st, and they allow 25.4 assists per game which puts them in 25th place in the league. They force 18.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota is 10th in the NBA with 112.8 points per contest this season. They are 27th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -4.31. They shoot 33% from beyond the arc, which is good for 28th in the league. They are 15th in the NBA in rebounding with 45.2 boards per contest and 21st in assists per game with 23.7. The Timberwolves are 7th in turnovers per contest with 15.3. The Timberwolves give up 117.2 points per game, which ranks them 28th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 22nd and 21st in those defensive statistics. They rank 12th with 24.0 dimes allowed per game and 30th with 47.7 boards surrendered per contest. The Timberwolves are 23rd in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.5 per contest this year.
The Bulls are 26th in the league in defensive rating with 109.8, and their offensive rating of 106.7 is ranked 14th. They are 16th in the NBA in pace with 99.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 24th. As a unit they are 25th in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shot attempts, ranking 10th in the NBA. Chicago is 4th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 55%, which is 4th in the NBA.
Minnesota is 14th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 11th in the NBA. The Timberwolves are 23rd in the league in defensive rating with 111.9, and their offensive rating of 107.8 is ranked 21st. They are 5th in the NBA in pace with 103.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 26th. As a unit they are 26th in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 44% of their shot attempts, ranking 3rd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Bulls/Timberwolves NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota +1.5
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