Milwaukee Bucks vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 4/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (-5.5)
The Milwaukee Bucks (33-20) travel to Target Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (14-40). Milwaukee opens this contest as 5.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 224.5.
The Milwaukee Bucks faced off with the Orlando Magic and took home the win by a score of 124-87 in their last game. Milwaukee ended with a 48.9% FG percentage (46 of 94) and knocked down 19 out of their 40 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Bucks converted 13 of their 15 shots for a percentage of 86.7%. In regard to hauling in boards, they collected 56 with 12 of them being offensive. They also dished out 28 assists in the matchup as well as forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In regard to defending, Milwaukee allowed their opponent to shoot 37.2% from the floor on 32 out of 86 shooting. Orlando distributed 19 dimes and had 8 steals in the game. In addition, Orlando grabbed 37 rebounds (7 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. Orlando ended up going 78.9% at the free throw line by burying 15 of 19 tries. They made 8 out of their 36 attempts from distance.
Khris Middleton is one player who played a role in the matchup. He left the arena with 21 points on 8 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 28:36 minutes and also collected 8 rebounds. Middleton ended up going 61.5% from the field and also earned 5 dimes. One more player that had an impact in this game for the Bucks was Jrue Holiday. He collected 5 rebounds in 26:41 minutes played on the night. He finished the game shooting 40.0% from the floor in this contest via 4-of-10 (12 points). In all, Holiday accounted for 7 assists.
Milwaukee will enter this matchup with a record of 33-20 so far this year. The Bucks are shooting 37.4% on shots from distance (774 of 2,071) and 79.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 112.9 pts per contest (12th in the league) on 45.3% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 13.3 times per contest and as a group they commit 18.2 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Milwaukee is pulling in 43.5 rebounds per contest and has earned 1,334 dimes so far this year, which ranks 12th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Bucks are forcing 13.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.2 personal fouls. The Bucks defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 45.3% (703 of 963) and they surrender 43.5 boards per contest as a squad. They are 19th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,334 surrendered on the campaign. They are giving up 37.4% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 19th in the league in PPG allowed (112.9).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Minnesota Timberwolves got the win with a final of 121-117 against the Chicago Bulls. The Timberwolves were able to corral 33 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 36 for the game. They also turned the ball over 14 times, while earning 7 steals for the matchup. The Bulls committed 19 fouls for the matchup which took the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 25 tries. They were able to knock down 25 of the free throws for a rate of 100.0%. In terms of 3-point shots, Minnesota converted 16 of their 36 tries (44.4%). Overall, the Timberwolves went 40 out of 81 from the floor which gave them a rate of 49.4%. The Timberwolves allowed the Bulls to knock down 47 of their 92 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 51.1% for the game. They finished 39.5% from three-point range by going 15 out of 38 and finished the contest at 8 of 13 from the charity stripe (61.5%). With respect to rebounding, Minnesota permitted Chicago to snag 38 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Karl-Anthony Towns ended up having an impact for the Timberwolves for the matchup. He buried 8 of 15 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 53.3%, and earned 12 rebounds. Towns racked up 27 points in his 36:48 mins of playing time and accumulated 8 assists in the game. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Minnesota was Ricky Rubio. He ended up walking away with 9 dimes in 25:25 mins on the court, and he shot 6 of 13 from the floor. Rubio ended up shooting 46.2% from the floor in addition to earning 17 points and 4 rebounds.
Minnesota has a record of 14-40 on the campaign. Minnesota has 6,357 points this season (117.7 per contest) and they pull down 46.3 boards per game. The Timberwolves are committing 19.4 fouls per game and they go 79.3% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Timberwolves are hitting on 48.3% from the floor, which is 2nd in basketball. They are dishing out assists 26.5 times per game (2nd in basketball) and they turn it over 15.2 times per game. The Timberwolves on defense are ranked 28th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 117.7. They are able to force 15.2 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 48.3% from the floor (29th in basketball). The Minnesota defense gives up 39.0% on shots from 3-point land (678 of 1,740) and opponents are converting on 79.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 26.5 dimes and 46.3 total rebounds per game, ranking them 29th and 24th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota (+5.5)
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