Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 5/5/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports NorthX
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (-3.5)
The Minnesota Timberwolves (20-45) host the Memphis Grizzlies (32-32) at Target Center on Wednesday. Memphis opens this game as 3.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 236.5.
The Memphis Grizzlies stepped onto the hardwood against the New York Knicks and went home with a loss by a final score of 118-104 in their last contest. Memphis ended the game having earned a 39.5% FG percentage (34 of 86) and converted 16 out of their 41 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Grizzlies knocked down 20 of their 24 tries for a percentage of 83.3%. Regarding rebounding, they earned 46 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 26 assists in the game while creating 8 turnovers and earning 7 steals. When it comes to the defense, Memphis allowed the other team to shoot 50.6% from the field on 45 of 89 shooting. New York earned 19 dimes and had 6 steals for this contest. On top of that, New York grabbed 45 rebounds (8 offensive, 37 defensive) and got 4 blocks. New York finished shooting 77.8% when shooting free throws by making 14 of 18 attempts. They also converted 14 of their 27 attempts from 3-point land.
Dillon Brooks is someone who was a factor in the matchup. He scored 25 points on 8 of 19 shooting. He played 35:23 mins and pulled down 1 board. Brooks finished the game at 42.1% from the field and recorded 1 assist. Someone else that was a major factor in this contest for the Grizzlies was Kyle Anderson. He pulled down 6 rebounds in 31:56 min on the court. He ended up shooting 38.5% from the field for this game by shooting 5-of-13 (13 points). At the conclusion of this game, Anderson had 7 assists.
Memphis heads into this one with a mark of 32-32 on the season. They currently have an average of 113.1 pts per game (13th in the NBA) while connecting on 46.5% from the field. The Grizzlies are connecting on 35.7% on shots from beyond the arc (712 of 1,995) and 77.8% from the charity stripe. As a team, Memphis is snagging 46.5 boards per game and has accounted for 1,716 assists on the year, which is 8th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 13.2 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 18.9 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Grizzlies are forcing 15.1 turnovers per game and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. The Grizzlies defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 46.4% (964 of 1,168) and they concede 44.9 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 18th in the league in giving up assists with 1,621 relinquished on the campaign. They concede 36.6% on 3-point attempts and they are 19th in the NBA in opponents points per game (112.4).
In their last game, the Minnesota Timberwolves walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 140-136 against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Timberwolves snagged 38 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 51 for this game. They also coughed up the ball 16 times, while getting 17 steals in the matchup. The Pelicans had 20 fouls for this contest which took the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for a total of 32 shots. They were able to bury 25 of those for a rate of 78.1%. With respect to 3-pointers, Minnesota converted 15 of 48 tries (31.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Timberwolves finished shooting 48 for 106 from the floor which gave them a rate of 45.3%. The Timberwolves allowed the Pelicans to convert 47 out of 92 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 51.1% for this contest. They shot 38.9% from distance by shooting 14 out of 36 and finished the contest at 32 of 46 at the free throw line (69.6%). In regard to rebounding, Minnesota allowed New Orleans to snag 52 in all (14 on the offensive side).
Anthony Edwards was important for the Timberwolves in this matchup. He buried 9 out of 21 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 42.9%, and tallied 9 rebounds. Edwards recorded 29 points in his 38:12 minutes of playing time and totaled 6 dimes for the game. One more player who was a determining factor for Minnesota was Karl-Anthony Towns. He wrapped the game up with 3 dimes in his 36:43 mins on the court, and he put in 8 out of 19 from the floor. Towns walked away from this one going 42.1% from the field and also notching 28 points and 14 boards.
Minnesota has a win-loss record of 20-45 on the year. The Timberwolves commit 20.9 fouls every game and they shoot 76.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 25.4 times per game (14th in basketball) and they are turning it over 14.4 times per contest. Minnesota has accounted for 7,232 points this season (111.3 per contest) and they grab 43.4 boards per game. As an offense, the Timberwolves are connecting on 44.5% from the floor, which ranks 27th in basketball. The Timberwolves on the defensive side of the court are 28th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 117.8. The Minnesota defense concedes 39.2% from downtown (853 of 2,176) and their opponents are making 78.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They have given up 26.8 dimes and 46.0 total rebounds per game, which is 29th and 24th in the league. They are forcing 15.2 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 48.2% from the floor (29th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Memphis (-3.5)
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