Charlotte Hornets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 3/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (-2.5)
Target Center is the site where and the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-28) will take on the Charlotte Hornets (16-18) on Wednesday. The line on this contest has Charlotte as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 227.
The Charlotte Hornets faced off with the Portland Blazers and took a loss by a final of 123-111 in their last game. Charlotte ended with a 48.9% field goal percentage (43 out of 88) and knocked down 15 of their 34 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Hornets converted 10 of 17 attempts for a rate of 58.8%. With respect to rebounding, they compiled 37 with 11 of them being offensive. They also recorded 25 dimes for the contest as well as forcing the opposition into 15 turnovers and earning 12 steals. When discussing defense, Charlotte let their opponent shoot 53.5% from the field on 46 out of 86 shooting. Portland earned 26 dimes and had 12 steals for this contest. Additionally, Portland collected 38 boards (8 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 7 rejections. Portland walked away from this one shooting 70.0% at the free throw line by making 7 of 10 attempts. They also buried 24 of 46 tries from beyond the arc.
LaMelo Ball is a guy who was a major contributor in this contest. He notched 30 points on 10 out of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32:01 minutes and also snagged 6 boards. Ball walked away from this one shooting 55.6% from the field and also distributed 8 dimes. Someone else that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Hornets was Terry Rozier. He grabbed 2 rebounds in his 35:14 minutes on the hardwood. He finished 47.1% from the field in this contest by going 8-of-17 (20 points). When this game wrapped up, Rozier collected 6 assists.
Charlotte enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 16-18 for the campaign. They are averaging 112.1 points per contest (18th in the league) while hitting 46.2% from the floor. The Hornets are hitting 38.3% from downtown (472 of 1,232) and 77.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, Charlotte is pulling down 43.7 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 916 assists for the year, which ranks 3rd in the league in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.5 times per game and as a group they commit 18.6 fouls every game. On defense, the Hornets are able to force 15.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.9 personal fouls. The Hornets defense is giving up a FG percentage of 47.4% (534 of 641) and they relinquish 44.4 boards per contest as a team. They are currently ranked 30th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 965 conceded this year. They surrender 38.1% on 3-point attempts and they rank 23rd in basketball in PPG from their opponents (113.5).
In their last game, the Minnesota Timberwolves walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 118-99 when they faced the Phoenix Suns. The Timberwolves pulled down 34 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 44 in this matchup. They turned it over 15 times, while recording 12 steals for this contest. The Suns earned 18 fouls for the matchup which took the Timberwolves to the free throw line for 24 shots. They were able to bury 21 of them for a rate of 87.5%. When discussing three-point shots, Minnesota converted 8 of 35 tries (22.9%). Overall, the Timberwolves went 35 out of 93 from the field which had them sitting at 37.6%. The Timberwolves allowed the Suns to make 44 of their 89 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.4% for this game. They shot 25.9% from distance by shooting 7 out of 27 and ended up going 23 out of 24 at the free throw line (95.8%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, Minnesota allowed Phoenix to grab 47 in total (8 offensive).
Anthony Edwards was important for the Timberwolves for the contest. He knocked down 8 out of 22 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 36.4%, and had 5 rebounds. Edwards accumulated 24 points in his 35:28 minutes on the court and had 1 assist in this game. One more player that was important for Minnesota was Karl-Anthony Towns. He ended up finishing with 1 assist in his 33:16 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 7 out of 16 from the floor. Towns walked away from this one going 43.8% from the floor as well as totaling 21 points and 10 boards.
Minnesota has a win-loss record of 7-28 on the season. The Timberwolves are responsible for committing 21.9 fouls per contest and they shoot 76.2% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 25.2 times per game (13th in the league) and they turn it over 14.5 times per game. Minnesota has accumulated 3,783 pts on the campaign (108.1 per game) and they grab 43.3 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Timberwolves are connecting on 43.6% from the floor, which ranks them 29th in the league. The Timberwolves defensively are ranked 28th in the NBA in points given up per game with 116.5. The Minnesota defense allows 37.7% on 3-point shots (402 of 1,067) and opponents are converting on 79.6% of their foul shots. They have given up 25.6 dimes and 47.3 boards per contest, which ranks them 23rd and 26th in the NBA. They are forcing 15.2 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 47.7% from the floor (27th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota (+2.5)
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