Miami Heat vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 4/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Heat vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (-4.5)
The Minnesota Timberwolves (14-42) host the Miami Heat (28-27) at Target Center on Friday. Miami opens this contest as 4.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 224.5.
The Miami Heat took the court against the Denver Nuggets and ended up losing by a score of 123-106 in their last contest. Miami ended having earned a 49.4% field goal percentage (39 out of 79) and converted 13 of their 32 three-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Heat converted 15 of their 18 shots for a rate of 83.3%. When discussing rebounding, they compiled 30 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 29 assists in the game in addition to forcing 10 turnovers and getting 7 steals. In terms of defense, Miami let their opponent shoot 53.9% from the floor on 48 out of 89 shooting. Denver totaled 32 assists and had 5 steals for this game. On top of that, Denver grabbed 43 rebounds (11 offensive, 32 defensive) and got 8 blocks. Denver went 76.9% from the free throw line by making 10 of their 13 tries. They made 17 out of their 36 attempts from distance.
Bam Adebayo is a player who was a factor for this game. He notched 21 points on 7 of 16 shooting. He played 30:20 minutes and grabbed 6 rebounds. Adebayo finished the game shooting 43.8% from the field and distributed 2 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in the game for the Heat was Kendrick Nunn. He grabbed 4 rebounds in 28:38 min played on the night. He shot 63.6% from the floor for the matchup by going 7-of-11 (16 points). Overall, Nunn wasn't able to record an assist.
Miami will play this game with a record of 28-27 on the campaign. They are giving up possession 14.6 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.9 personal fouls per game. As a team, Miami is snagging 41.8 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 1,430 dimes this year, which has them ranked 9th in the league in terms of passing. The Heat are shooting 34.5% on 3-point shots (687 of 1,989) and 78.6% from the free throw line. They average 106.2 pts per contest (26th in the league) while shooting 46.0% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Heat are able to force 15.3 turnovers every game and they draw 20.0 fouls. They are ranked 23rd in basketball in giving up assists with 1,401 conceded so far this season. The Heat defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 44.9% (842 of 1,100) and they surrender 43.9 boards per contest as a team. They give up 36.3% on 3-point shots while they are 3rd in the NBA in PPG allowed (107.5).
In their last game, the Minnesota Timberwolves took a loss by a score of 130-105 when they played the Milwaukee Bucks. The Timberwolves collected 37 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 in the game. They also coughed it up 16 times, while getting 13 steals for this contest. The Bucks committed 20 fouls for this game which got the Timberwolves to the free throw line for 31 attempts. They were able to make 22 of the free throws for a percentage of 71.0%. Concerning shooting from beyond the arc, Minnesota knocked down 15 of their 41 tries (36.6%). At the conclusion of this game, the Timberwolves went 34 for 92 from the field which had them sitting at 37.0%. The Timberwolves permitted the Bucks to make 46 out of their 98 tries from the field which had them at 46.9% in this contest. They finished 47.5% from beyond the perimeter by going 19 out of 40 and finished the game at 19 out of 23 at the free throw line (82.6%). In reference to how they cleaned up the glass, Minnesota permitted Milwaukee to grab 52 in total (7 on the offensive side).
Anthony Edwards ended up being a major contributor for the Timberwolves in the game. He knocked down 8 out of 21 for this game for a field goal percentage of 38.1%, but wrapped this game up without a rebound. Edwards scored 24 points in his 30:54 mins of playing time and earned 3 dimes in the game. An additional guy who came through for Minnesota was Jaden McDaniels. He left the arena with no assists in his 25:38 mins on the court, and he put in 5 out of 10 from the floor. McDaniels ended up shooting 50.0% from the field while earning 13 points and 4 boards.
Minnesota has a mark of 14-42 this season. In terms of offensive execution, the Timberwolves are hitting on 44.0% from the floor, which is 29th in the league. Minnesota has 6,167 points on the year (110.1 per game) and they grab 42.9 rebounds per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 24.8 times per game (14th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.3 times per game. The Timberwolves have committed 20.9 fouls per game and they shoot 77.6% from the free throw line. The Timberwolves on defense are ranked 28th in the NBA in PPG given up with 118.1. They are able to force 15.3 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.3% from the field (29th in basketball). The Minnesota defense surrenders 39.2% on 3-point attempts (712 of 1,816) and their opponents are making 79.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 26.6 dimes and 46.6 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 29th and 26th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Miami (-4.5)
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