Minnesota Timberwolves vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 4/27/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Houston Rockets
Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (-2.5)
The Houston Rockets (15-46) host the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-44) at Toyota Center on Tuesday. Houston opens this contest as 2.5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 227.
The Minnesota Timberwolves took the court against the Utah Jazz and went home with a win by a final score of 101-96 in their last contest. Minnesota ended the game with a 43.5% FG percentage (40 of 92) and converted 9 out of their 38 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Timberwolves buried 12 of their 20 attempts for a rate of 60.0%. With respect to pulling down boards, they earned 47 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 15 assists in the matchup while forcing 20 turnovers and earning 13 steals. In relation to the defense, Minnesota allowed their opponent to shoot 40.2% from the floor on 33 out of 82 shooting. Utah dished out 24 assists and had 9 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Utah snagged 45 boards (9 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Utah finished 73.3% from the charity stripe by knocking down 11 of their 15 tries. They made 19 out of their 47 tries from beyond the arc.
Karl-Anthony Towns is one player who was a contributor for the contest. He left the arena with 24 points on 9 out of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37:08 mins and also pulled down 12 boards. Towns finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor and also dished out 3 assists. One more player that was a factor in this contest for the Timberwolves was Anthony Edwards. He had 9 rebounds in his 36:09 min on the hardwood. He finished the game at 47.4% from the floor in this matchup by shooting 9-of-19 (23 points). Overall, Edwards tallied 4 assists.
Minnesota steps onto the court with a win-loss mark of 17-44 for the year. They currently have an average of 110.7 pts per contest (20th in the NBA) while shooting 44.4% from the floor. The Timberwolves are connecting on 35.0% on three-point attempts (786 of 2,248) and 77.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, Minnesota is pulling down 42.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,526 dimes so far this year, which is 12th in basketball in terms of passing. They turn it over 14.3 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 20.8 fouls per game. Defensively, the Timberwolves are able to force 15.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.7 fouls. They rank 29th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,635 relinquished for the campaign. The Timberwolves are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 48.3% (929 of 1,199) and they concede 46.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They give up 39.8% on 3-point attempts and they rank 29th in the NBA in PPG allowed (117.9).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Houston Rockets took a defeat with a final score of 129-116 when they played the Denver Nuggets. The Rockets were able to collect 29 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 35 for this contest. They turned it over 15 times, while getting 10 steals for the contest. The Nuggets had 22 fouls for the matchup which took the Rockets to the charity stripe for a total of 28 attempts. They were able to convert 19 of those for a rate of 67.9%. In reference to shots from downtown, Houston converted 15 of their 40 tries (37.5%). When the game finished, the Rockets ended up going 41 out of 82 from the field which had them sitting at 50.0%. The Rockets permitted the Nuggets to knock down 50 of 84 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 59.5% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 43.2% from behind the 3-point line via 16 of 37 and walked away from this one shooting 13 of 16 from the free throw line (81.3%). In reference to rebounds, Houston permitted Denver to pull down 36 in all (1 offensive).
D.J. Wilson pitched in for the Rockets in this contest. He knocked down 10 out of 17 for the game for a field goal rate of 58.8%, and earned 8 rebounds. Wilson racked up 25 points in his 39:53 minutes on the hardwood and had 4 assists for this contest. An additional guy that was pivotal for Houston was Kelly Olynyk. He left the arena with 11 assists in his 34:30 mins on the court, and he converted 4 out of 11 from the floor. Olynyk walked away from this one going 36.4% from the floor and also earning 21 points and 8 boards.
Houston has a win-loss mark of 15-46 so far this season. When it comes to offense, the Rockets are connecting on 44.1% from the field, which is 29th in the league. Houston has totaled 6,567 points so far this year (107.7 per game) and they grab 42.5 boards per game. They are earning an assist 23.0 times per game (25th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.6 times per contest. The Rockets have committed 19.5 fouls per contest and they connect on 74.0% from the charity stripe. The Rockets are ranked 26th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 115.0. They are forcing 14.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 47.2% from the field (23rd in the league). The Houston defense gives up 38.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (812 of 2,139) and their opponents are connecting on 78.2% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 25.3 assists and 47.9 boards per contest, which is ranked 19th and 30th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (-2.5)
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