Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves 11/20/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets, Tips and Prediction
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports SE-MEM
The Memphis Grizzlies (7-7) are hitting the road to Target Center on Saturday where they will meet the Minnesota Timberwolves (5-9).
The Grizzlies faced off with the Rockets and took home the win by a score of 136-102 in their last contest. Memphis ended the contest with a 54.2% field goal percentage (52 out of 96) and knocked down 16 of 41 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Grizzlies converted 16 of 20 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they collected 49 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 33 assists for the game while forcing the other team into 5 turnovers and getting 14 steals. Concerning defending, Memphis allowed the other team to go 37.9% from the field on 36 out of 95 shooting. Houston recorded 46 dimes and had 24 steals in the game. Moreover, Houston collected 32 rebounds (14 offensive, 18 defensive) and had 8 blocks. Houston finished the game at 73.1% at the charity stripe by converting 19 of their 26 attempts. They made 11 of 38 tries from 3-point range. Concerning personal fouls, the Grizzlies ended up finishing with 21 while the Rockets totaled 17 personal fouls.
Ja Morant is one player who came through in this game. He had 22 points on 9 out of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 25 minutes and collected 6 boards. Morant ended up shooting 60.0% from the field and distributed 6 assists.
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Memphis enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 7-7 this year. They average 109.9 points per game (7th in the league) while connecting on 44.2% from the field. The Grizzlies are shooting 33.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (173 of 515) and 76.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Memphis is pulling in 47.7 rebounds per contest and has totaled 352 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 13th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 13.9 times per game and as a group they are committing 18.2 fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the Grizzlies are able to force 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.7 fouls. They are currently ranked 25th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 393 relinquished for the year. The Grizzlies defense is giving up a FG percentage of 47.1% (592 of 1,256) and they surrender 44.4 boards per game as a group. They give up 39.4% on 3-pointers and they rank 30th in the NBA in points per game allowed (113.5).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Timberwolves walked away with a victory by a final of 107-97 against the Kings. The Timberwolves were able to pull down 25 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 35 for the matchup. They turned it over 17 times, while recording 8 steals for the game. The Kings committed 16 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 18 tries. They were able to make 15 of those for a clip of 83.3%. In the matter of shooting from distance, Minnesota made 10 out of 36 attempts (27.8%). When all was said and done, the Timberwolves ended up going 41 out of 82 from the floor which had them shooting 50.0%. The Timberwolves permitted the Kings to make 34 of their 93 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 36.6% for the matchup. They finished 26.3% from distance by going 10 of 38 and ended up going 19 of 25 from the free throw line (76.0%). In regard to how they cleaned up the glass, Minnesota allowed Sacramento to snag 27 overall (20 offensive).
Karl-Anthony Towns was important for the Timberwolves in the matchup. He made 9 out of 12 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 75.0%, and had 6 rebounds. Towns tallied 22 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 4 assists for the game.
Minnesota has a win-loss mark of 5-9 this season. The Timberwolves commit 22.9 fouls per contest while shooting 77.0% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 23.1 times per contest (17th in the league) and they turn it over 16.9 times per game. Minnesota has accounted for 1,458 points for the year (104.1 per contest) and they pull in 44.7 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Timberwolves are hitting on 41.5% from the field, which is 28th in the league.
The Timberwolves on the defensive side of the court are 18th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 107.4. They are forcing their opponents into 18.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.8% from the field (10th in the league). The Minnesota defense gives up 31.2% on 3-point attempts (161 of 516) and opponents are converting on 79.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 22.6 dimes and 50.4 total rebounds per game, which is 14th and 30th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota
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