Minnesota Timberwolves vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 4/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Boston Celtics
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+9)
TD Garden is the site where and the Boston Celtics (26-26) will play the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-39) on Friday. Boston opens this game as 9-point favorites. The O/U opens at 228.
The Minnesota Timberwolves faced the Indiana Pacers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 141-137 in their last contest. Minnesota walked away from the game having earned a 52.7% FG percentage (48 out of 91) and converted 10 of their 28 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Timberwolves buried 31 of 40 attempts for a percentage of 77.5%. When discussing getting rebounds, they collected 42 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 30 dimes in the game while forcing 13 turnovers and earning 7 steals. In relation to the defense, Minnesota allowed the other team to go 59.1% from the floor on 55 out of 93 shooting. Indiana distributed 32 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. Furthermore, Indiana collected 35 rebounds (7 offensive, 28 defensive) and earned 2 blocked shots. Indiana finished 89.5% at the free throw line by knocking down 17 of their 19 shots. They also converted 14 of their 28 shots from 3-point land.
Karl-Anthony Towns is someone who was a factor in this matchup. He left the arena with 32 points on 12 out of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 34:38 minutes played and also grabbed 12 rebounds. Towns ended up shooting 70.6% from the field and earned 6 assists. Another guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Timberwolves was Anthony Edwards. He grabbed 5 rebounds in his 33:52 min played. He finished the game shooting 52.4% from the floor in this matchup by going 11-of-21 (27 points). When the time ran out, Edwards earned 3 assists.
Minnesota steps onto the court with a record of 13-39 so far this season. They have an average of 109.8 pts per game (23rd in the league) while shooting 44.1% from the field. The Timberwolves are shooting 34.7% on three-point attempts (653 of 1,884) and 77.1% from the free throw line. As a team, Minnesota is snagging 43.0 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,295 dimes for the season, which is 11th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 14.2 times per game and as a team are committing 21.0 personal fouls per contest. When they are on the defensive end, the Timberwolves are forcing their opponents into 15.1 turnovers per game while drawing 19.3 fouls. They are giving up 38.8% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 28th in basketball in opponents points per game (117.2). The Timberwolves defense is allowing a FG percentage of 48.1% (785 of 1,001) and they relinquish 46.5 rebounds per contest as a unit. They rank 29th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,371 surrendered for the year.
The last time they took the court, the Boston Celtics went home victorious with a score of 101-99 against the New York Knicks. The Celtics snagged 37 defensive boards and 16 offensive rebounds totaling 53 in the matchup. They also turned it over 17 times, while earning 6 steals in this matchup. The Knicks earned 21 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Celtics to the charity stripe for a total of 20 tries. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw tries for a clip of 70.0%. When talking about shots from downtown, Boston converted 15 of 40 tries (37.5%). When the game finished, the Celtics walked away from this one shooting 36 for 86 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.9%. The Celtics allowed the Knicks to knock down 35 of 84 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 41.7% in the game. They went 48.5% from behind the 3-point line by going 16 of 33 and finished the game at 13 of 16 from the charity stripe (81.3%). When talking about rebounds, Boston allowed New York to get 39 in total (5 on the offensive side).
Jaylen Brown ended up having an impact for the Celtics for this game. He buried 12 out of 26 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 46.2%, and added 10 rebounds. Brown had 32 points in his 36:01 minutes on the hardwood and had 3 assists for the matchup. One more player who came through for Boston was Jayson Tatum. He ended up finishing with 5 dimes in his 41:38 minutes on the court, and he knocked down 10 out of 21 from the floor. Tatum finished going 47.6% from the floor while also totaling 25 points and 10 boards.
Boston has a mark of 26-26 on the campaign. The Celtics have committed 20.5 fouls per contest and they connect on 76.4% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 23.1 times per contest (24th in the league) and they are turning it over 14.0 times per contest. Boston has tallied 5,817 pts this season (111.9 per game) and they collect 43.9 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Celtics are shooting 46.8% from the field, which is ranked 13th in basketball. The Celtics on the defensive side of the court are 10th in basketball in points given up per game with 110.3. They concede 23.4 assists and 42.3 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 6th and 7th in the league. The Boston defense concedes 37.4% on three-point shots (669 of 1,790) and opponents are making 77.4% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 14.4 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.4% from the field (13th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston (-9)
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