Chicago Bulls vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 4/11/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (-4.5)
The Minnesota Timberwolves (13-40) play the Chicago Bulls (22-29) at Target Center on Sunday. The line on this contest has Chicago as 4.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 230.
The Chicago Bulls played the Atlanta Hawks and went home with a loss by a final score of 120-108 in their last game. Chicago finished the contest having earned a 47.7% FG percentage (41 of 86) and converted 13 out of their 33 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Bulls knocked down 13 of 14 attempts for a percentage of 92.9%. In regard to pulling down boards, they compiled 38 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 25 dimes for the game while forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and having 6 steals. In regard to defending, Chicago let their opponent shoot 56.0% from the field on 47 of 84 shooting. Atlanta recorded 25 assists and had 7 steals for this contest. In addition, Atlanta pulled down 41 rebounds (6 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 1 block. Atlanta finished the game at 82.6% from the free throw line by knocking down 19 of 23 tries. They also knocked down 7 out of their 27 tries from three-point range.
Zach LaVine is one player who came through in this game. He accounted for 50 points on 18 out of 31 shooting. He was on the court for 38:44 mins played and pulled down 8 rebounds. LaVine finished 58.1% from the field and distributed 5 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this game for the Bulls was Nikola Vucevic. He grabbed 10 rebounds in 36:21 minutes on the hardwood. He went 57.9% from the field for the game by hitting 11-of-19 (25 points). At the conclusion of this game, Vucevic earned 2 assists.
Chicago steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 22-29 for the year. They have an average of 112.7 pts per contest (15th in basketball) while hitting 48.0% from the field. The Bulls are shooting 37.0% on shots from downtown (631 of 1,705) and 80.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Chicago is grabbing 45.0 rebounds per contest and has totaled 1,355 assists on the campaign, which ranks 8th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 15.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 19.3 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Bulls are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers per game while drawing 18.4 personal fouls. They surrender 34.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 21st in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (113.6). The Bulls defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 47.6% (665 of 939) and they relinquish 42.0 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 4th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,217 surrendered on the season.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Minnesota Timberwolves walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 145-136 when they faced the Boston Celtics. The Timberwolves were able to collect 28 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 for the game. They also turned it over 14 times, while earning 14 steals in this contest. The Celtics were called for 25 personal fouls for this contest which got the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for a total of 30 attempts. They were able to make 27 of those for a clip of 90.0%. Concerning shots from 3-point land, Minnesota converted 15 of 42 attempts (35.7%). Overall, the Timberwolves finished 47 for 96 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.0%. The Timberwolves allowed the Celtics to make 47 of 87 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 54.0% in this matchup. They went 45.2% from 3-point land via 19 out of 42 and finished the contest at 32 out of 34 from the free throw line (94.1%). When talking about cleaning up the glass, Minnesota permitted Boston to pull down 45 overall (9 on the offensive glass).
Karl-Anthony Towns pitched in for the Timberwolves for this game. He made 10 of 22 in this contest giving him a rate of 45.5%, and added 12 rebounds. Towns earned 30 points in his 42:02 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 7 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy that was pivotal for Minnesota was Anthony Edwards. He walked away with 5 dimes in 40:26 minutes played, and he knocked down 7 of 12 from the floor. Edwards walked away from this one going 58.3% from the field in addition to collecting 24 points and 5 total rebounds.
Minnesota has a win-loss record of 13-40 so far this year. As an offensive team, the Timberwolves are connecting on 44.2% from the field, which has them ranked 28th in the league. Minnesota has totaled 5,844 points for the year (110.3 per contest) and they average 42.9 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 25.0 times per game (13th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 14.2 times per game. The Timberwolves commit 21.1 personal fouls every game and they hit 77.5% from the free throw line. The Timberwolves defensively are ranked 28th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 117.7. They have allowed 26.5 dimes and 46.5 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 29th and 24th in the NBA. The Minnesota defense surrenders 39.0% on shots from 3-point land (663 of 1,702) and their opposition knocks down 79.4% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 15.2 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.3% from the field (29th in the NBA).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota (+4.5) and under 230 points
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