Minnesota Timberwolves vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 2/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Monday, February 1, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+5)
The Cleveland Cavaliers (9-10) play the Minnesota Timberwolves (4-14) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Monday. The line on this contest has Cleveland as 5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 225.
The Minnesota Timberwolves stepped onto the hardwood against the Philadelphia 76ers and took a loss by a final of 118-94 in their last game. Minnesota ended the contest having earned a 42.7% FG percentage (35 out of 82) and made 10 of 33 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Timberwolves made 14 of their 18 attempts for a percentage of 77.8%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 38 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 20 assists in this matchup while having 3 steals and 4 blocked shots. When it comes to defending, Minnesota allowed 44.8% from the field on 39 of 87 shooting. Philadelphia earned 20 assists and had 11 steals for the contest. In addition, the 76ers pulled down 51 rebounds (12 offensive, 39 defensive) and added 6 rejections. Philadelphia finished 84.2% at the charity stripe by making 32 of 38 tries. They buried 8 out of their 16 tries from 3-point range.
Malik Beasley is a guy who came through for the game. He notched 22 points on 9 out of 19 shooting. He played 30:03 minutes and grabbed 5 rebounds. Beasley finished the game shooting 47.4% from the field and also distributed 2 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Timberwolves was Anthony Edwards. He grabbed 4 boards and also totaled 3 dimes. He ended up going 38.5% from the floor for this contest by hitting 5-of-13 (15 points). When the final whistle blew, Edwards played for 28:48 minutes.
Minnesota heads into this game with a record of 4-14 so far this year. They turn it over 15.3 times per game and as a group are committing 21.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Minnesota is grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game and is sitting with 431 dimes for the season, which is 22nd in the NBA in terms of passing. The Timberwolves are shooting 33.7% on 3-point shots (205 of 609) and 75.8% from the charity stripe. They average 106.6 pts per game (26th in the league) while hitting 43.5% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Timberwolves have forced 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.8 fouls. They rank 17th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 473 conceded on the year. The Timberwolves are allowing a FG percentage of 47.7% (273 of 357) and they surrender 46.7 boards per game as a team. They are giving up 38.4% on shots from distance and they are 27th in the league in points per game from their opponents (117.1).
The last time they took the court, the Cleveland Cavaliers took a defeat with a final score of 102-81 when they played the New York Knicks. The Cavaliers earned 29 defensive boards and 14 offensive boards for a total of 43 in the game. They also blocked 5 attempts while recording 8 steals in this game. The Knicks were called for 24 personal fouls for the game which got the Cavaliers to the free throw line for 18 tries. They were able to convert 15 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 83.3%. Pertaining to shooting from distance, Cleveland made 8 of 26 attempts (30.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Cavaliers shot 29 out of 84 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 34.5%. The Cavaliers allowed the Knicks to bury 39 out of their 80 tries from the floor which had them shooting 48.8% in the game. They finished 37.0% from 3-point land by going 10 out of 27 and finished the game at 14 out of 16 from the free throw line (87.5%). In relation to how they rebounded, Cleveland permitted New York to pull down 41 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Darius Garland ended up being important for the Cavaliers in this matchup. He converted 9 of 17 in this matchup for a rate of 52.9%, which earned him 24 points. Garland pulled down 3 boards in his 29:06 mins of time on the court and had 2 dimes in this game. Someone else that was pivotal for Cleveland was Collin Sexton. He walked away with 17 points in 34:54 mins on the court by going 6 of 18 from the floor for this contest. Sexton wrapped this one up going 33.3% from the floor and also totaling 5 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Cleveland has a record of 9-10 for the season. Cleveland has accounted for 1,979 pts on the season (104.2 per game) and they pull in 43.6 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers commit 19.7 fouls per game while shooting 70.8% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Cavaliers are connecting on 45.0% from the floor, which ranks 23rd in the league. They are assisting teammates 23.4 times per contest (23rd in the NBA) and they cough up possession 16.2 times per game. The Cavaliers on the defensive end are ranked 7th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 108.6. They have allowed 24.8 dimes and 44.7 boards per game, which is ranked 17th and 14th in basketball. The Cleveland defense gives up 38.8% on three-point shots (247 of 636) and their opponents are knocking down 76.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 17.6 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.7% from the field (20th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+5)
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