Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 1/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Friday, January 15, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+3.5)
The Memphis Grizzlies (5-6) are headed to Target Center on Friday where they'll meet the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-8). The odds on this matchup have Minnesota as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 223.
The Memphis Grizzlies faced the Timberwolves and earned the victory with a final of 118-107 in their last contest. Memphis ended the game with a 47.2% FG percentage (50 of 106) and made 8 of 25 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Grizzlies knocked down 10 of 13 attempts for a percentage of 76.9%. With respect to rebounding, they collected 47 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 33 assists in this contest in addition to earning 11 steals and 5 rejections. With regard to defense, Memphis allowed the other team to go 43.3% from the floor on 39 of 90 shooting. Minnesota recorded 27 dimes and had 3 steals in the game. Additionally, the Timberwolves totaled 48 rebounds (11 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 6 rejections. Minnesota finished the game shooting 83.3% at the free throw line by burying 20 of 24 attempts. They also made 9 out of their 37 tries from 3-point land.
Jonas Valančiūnas is one guy who was a major contributor for this game. He notched 24 points on 11 of 19 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 30:13 mins played and also grabbed 16 rebounds. Valančiūnas ended up shooting 57.9% from the field and earned 2 dimes. One more player that was a major contributor in the game for the Grizzlies was Grayson Allen. He totaled 2 rebounds and earned 2 dimes. He finished the game at 60.0% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 6-of-10 (20 points). At the conclusion of this game, Allen was on the hardwood for 26:28 minutes.
Memphis enters this one with a win-loss record of 5-6 on the campaign. The Grizzlies are connecting on 33.1% on 3-pointers (112 of 338) and 77.7% from the free throw line. They are averaging 106.5 points per outing (26th in basketball) while shooting 45.0% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 14.5 times per game and as a squad they are committing 18.5 fouls every game. As a unit, Memphis is grabbing 46.1 boards per game and has tallied 295 dimes this year, which is 10th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. When they are on the defensive end, the Grizzlies are able to force 16.0 turnovers every game while drawing 17.2 fouls. The Grizzlies defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.4% (176 of 189) and they concede 45.8 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 15th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 274 conceded this season. They are giving up 35.8% on shots from distance while they are 9th in the NBA in points per game allowed (107.9).
In the loss to Memphis, the Timberwolves were able to pull down 37 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 for the contest. They blocked 6 shots while getting 3 steals in the game. The Grizzlies committed 24 personal fouls for this contest which took the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for a total of 24 tries. They were able to convert 20 of those for a rate of 83.3%. In relation to shooting from 3-point land, Minnesota converted 9 of their 37 attempts (24.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Timberwolves walked away from this one shooting 39 out of 90 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 43.3%. The Timberwolves allowed the Grizzlies to bury 50 out of their 106 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 47.2% for the contest. They wrapped up this game 32.0% from beyond the perimeter via 8 of 25 and finished the contest at 10 out of 13 from the free throw line (76.9%). With respect to how they rebounded, Minnesota allowed Memphis to pull down 47 overall (15 on the offensive side).
Malik Beasley ended up being a major contributor for the Timberwolves for the matchup. He buried 11 out of 23 for the contest for a field goal rate of 47.8%, which got him 28 points. Beasley grabbed 6 boards in his 33:56 minutes of time on the hardwood and totaled 5 dimes for this game. One more player who came through for Minnesota was D'Angelo Russell. He ended up scoring 25 points in 36:06 minutes on the hardwood by going 10 of 21 from the floor for this contest. Russell wrapped this one up going 47.6% from the field as well as contributing 8 dimes and 3 boards.
Minnesota has a record of 3-8 so far this season. As an offensive unit, the Timberwolves are hitting on 44.4% from the field, which ranks 22nd in the NBA. Minnesota has accounted for 1,195 points so far this season (108.6 per game) and they grab 45.2 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 23.8 times per game (18th in the league) and they are giving up possession 14.7 times per game. The Timberwolves are responsible for committing 20.6 fouls per contest and they shoot 75.2% from the free throw line. The Timberwolves on the defensive side of the court are 27th in the league in PPG allowed with 118.7. The Minnesota defense gives up 37.4% on shots from beyond the arc (137 of 366) and their opponents are connecting on 75.5% of their foul shots. They give up 27.3 dimes and 45.9 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 28th and 20th in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 13.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 48.4% from the floor (27th in the NBA).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota (-3.5) and over 223 points
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