Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 12/10/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
The Cleveland Cavaliers (14-12) are traveling to Target Center on Friday where they will attempt to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-14).
The Cavaliers took the court against the Bulls and took home the win by a score of 115-92 in their last contest. When talking about fouls, the Cavaliers walked away with 22 and the Bulls totaled 17 fouls. They also made 7 of their 26 attempts from downtown. Chicago finished shooting 71.4% from the charity stripe by knocking down 15 of their 21 attempts. On top of that, Chicago pulled down 26 rebounds (11 offensive, 15 defensive) and had 8 blocked shots. Chicago distributed 37 dimes and had 21 steals in the game. With respect to the defense, Cleveland allowed their opponent to shoot 41.7% from the field on 35 out of 84 shooting. They also recorded 28 assists in the matchup as well as creating 3 turnovers and earning 10 steals. In reference to getting rebounds, they earned a total of 42 with 5 of them being of the offensive sort. From the free throw line, the Cavaliers converted 14 of 16 tries for a percentage of 87.5%. Cleveland finished the game with a 55.0% FG percentage (44 of 80) and converted 13 out of their 28 shots from distance.
Evan Mobley is a guy who was a factor in this matchup. He recorded 16 points on 8 out of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32 mins and also totaled 9 rebounds. Mobley finished the game at 72.7% from the field and also dished out 1 assist.
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Cleveland heads into this matchup with a record of 14-12 for the year. They turn the ball over 15.8 times per contest and as a group are committing 16.4 fouls every game. As a team, Cleveland is pulling down 45.0 boards per contest and has totaled 637 assists this year, which is 7th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Cavaliers are connecting on 35.1% on shots from beyond the arc (312 of 890) and 78.6% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 105.0 pts per contest (23rd in the NBA) while shooting 45.5% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Cavaliers are forcing their opponents into 14.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.4 personal fouls. They are ranked 23rd in the league in allowing assists with 621 surrendered so far this season. The Cavaliers are allowing a field goal percentage of 44.6% (1,014 of 2,276) and they concede 43.1 boards per contest as a unit. They give up 33.5% on 3-point attempts and they are 2nd in the NBA in opponents PPG (102.0).
The last time they took the court, the Timberwolves took a defeat with a final score of 136-104 when they played the Jazz. The Timberwolves were able to collect 28 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 for this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 15 times, while recording 9 steals for the contest. The Jazz earned 13 personal fouls in this game which took the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for 17 shots. They were able to make 11 of those for a percentage of 64.7%. In terms of shooting from 3-point land, Minnesota made 17 of their 47 attempts (36.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Timberwolves walked away from this one shooting 38 for 95 from the floor which had them shooting 40.0%. The Timberwolves allowed the Jazz to make 50 out of their 88 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 56.8% in this matchup. They shot 46.3% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 25 out of 54 and ended up shooting 11 out of 15 at the charity stripe (73.3%). When talking about team rebounding, Minnesota allowed Utah to grab 42 in total (6 offensive).
Karl-Anthony Towns was important for the Timberwolves in this contest. Towns earned 22 points in his 34 mins on the hardwood and totaled 5 assists for the game. He converted 7 out of 11 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 63.6%, and accounted for 7 rebounds.
Minnesota has a win-loss mark of 11-14 this season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Timberwolves are hitting on 42.5% from the field, which has them ranked 27th in the NBA. Minnesota has earned 2,696 points on the season (107.8 per contest) and they collect 45.6 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 23.0 times per contest (17th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 15.8 times per game. The Timberwolves are committing 22.7 personal fouls every game and they go 76.8% from the free throw line.
The Timberwolves defensively are ranked 21st in the league in PPG allowed with 108.8. They are forcing 17.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.5% from the floor (11th in the league). The Minnesota defense concedes 33.3% on shots from distance (307 of 923) and their opposition makes 78.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 24.6 dimes and 47.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 22nd and 28th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota
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