Boston Celtics vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 5/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Target Center is the venue where and the Minnesota Timberwolves (22-48) will take on the Boston Celtics (35-35) on Saturday.
The Boston Celtics faced off with the Cleveland Cavaliers and took a loss by a final of 102-94 in their last contest. Boston ended the contest having earned a 35.6% FG percentage (36 out of 101) and converted 12 of their 41 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Celtics converted 10 of their 14 attempts for a percentage of 71.4%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they collected 46 with 13 of them being offensive. They also dished out 14 assists for this contest while forcing 15 turnovers and having 9 steals. Regarding the defense, Boston allowed 45.0% from the floor on 36 out of 80 shooting. Cleveland distributed 27 assists and had 4 steals in the game. Additionally, Cleveland pulled down 55 rebounds (7 offensive, 48 defensive) and had 8 blocked shots. Cleveland shot 81.5% at the charity stripe by making 22 of their 27 attempts. They also buried 8 out of their 24 shots from beyond the arc.
Jayson Tatum is one player who was important in this matchup. He was able to score 29 points on 11 out of 26 shooting. He saw the court for 35:03 minutes played and also grabbed 8 rebounds. Tatum went 42.3% from the field and also dished out 1 assist. One more player that was a contributor in this contest for the Celtics was Evan Fournier. He totaled 4 rebounds in his 34:19 minutes on the court. He finished shooting 30.0% from the field for this game by shooting 6-of-20 (15 points). When the final whistle was blown, Fournier had 1 assist.
Boston steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 35-35 for the campaign. The Celtics are connecting on 37.5% on 3-point shots (950 of 2,535) and 77.6% from the free throw line. They average 112.8 points per contest (16th in the league) on 46.7% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 14.1 times per game and as a squad they commit 20.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Boston is collecting 44.2 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,643 assists for the campaign, which is 24th in basketball in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Celtics are able to force 14.2 turnovers per game while drawing 19.3 personal fouls. They surrender 37.7% on shots from downtown and they are 12th in the league in PPG allowed (111.4). The Celtics defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.6% (991 of 1,353) and they surrender 42.4 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are 9th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,694 relinquished on the year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Minnesota Timberwolves walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 114-103 against the Denver Nuggets. The Timberwolves were able to corral 32 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 43 for the game. They gave up possession 15 times, while recording 3 steals in this contest. The Nuggets had 25 personal fouls for this game which got the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for 32 attempts. They were able to make 19 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 59.4%. When it comes to shooting from 3-point land, Minnesota buried 16 out of their 41 attempts (39.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Timberwolves ended up going 34 out of 80 from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.5%. The Timberwolves permitted the Nuggets to make 46 of 96 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 47.9% in this matchup. They went 33.3% from downtown by going 12 of 36 and finished the game at 10 of 11 from the charity stripe (90.9%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, Minnesota permitted Denver to grab 53 in all (14 on the offensive side).
Anthony Edwards pitched in for the Timberwolves for this contest. He made 8 out of 16 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and tallied 7 rebounds. Edwards tallied 29 points in his 39:29 mins of playing time and had 5 dimes in this contest. An additional guy that was pivotal for Minnesota was Karl-Anthony Towns. He finished with 4 assists in his 39:01 mins on the court, and he shot 6 of 18 from the floor. Towns walked away from this one going 33.3% from the floor as well as totaling 20 points and 11 boards.
Minnesota has a win-loss record of 22-48 on the year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Timberwolves are shooting 44.7% from the field, which is ranked 27th in the league. Minnesota has totaled 7,829 points for the campaign (111.8 per contest) and they snag 43.5 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 25.6 times per game (14th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.3 times per contest. The Timberwolves commit 20.9 fouls every game and they connect on 76.0% from the charity stripe. The Timberwolves are ranked 29th in basketball in points given up per game with 117.5. They are able to force 15.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.2% from the field (28th in the league). The Minnesota defense surrenders 39.1% on shots from 3-point land (911 of 2,332) and opponents are converting on 78.5% of their free throw shots. They have surrendered 26.8 dimes and 45.9 boards every game, which has them ranked 29th and 23rd in basketball.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota
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