Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 4/2/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Friday, April 2, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+7.5)
FedExForum is the site where and the Memphis Grizzlies (22-23) will play the Minnesota Timberwolves (12-36) on Friday. Minnesota opens this game as 7.5-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 232.
The Minnesota Timberwolves played the New York Knicks and walked away with a win by a score of 102-101 in their last game. Minnesota ended the game having earned a 41.4% FG percentage (36 of 87) and converted 14 out of their 40 three-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Timberwolves made 16 of 19 attempts for a percentage of 84.2%. In reference to pulling down boards, they compiled a total of 40 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 25 dimes in the game in addition to forcing the opposition into 17 turnovers and having 9 steals. With regard to defense, Minnesota allowed their opponent to shoot 48.1% from the floor on 39 out of 81 shooting. New York dished out 20 assists and had 7 steals for the matchup. In addition, New York grabbed 41 boards (7 offensive, 34 defensive) and got 7 rejections. New York shot 70.6% when shooting free throws by burying 12 of 17 shots. They also made 11 out of their 23 tries from distance.
Anthony Edwards is a guy who was a contributor for this game. He had 24 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He was on the court for 35:32 minutes played and also collected 2 rebounds. Edwards finished the game at 56.3% from the field and also recorded 3 assists. Someone else that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Timberwolves was Malik Beasley. He pulled down 1 rebound in 32:01 minutes on the basketball court. He ended up going 55.6% from the floor in the game by connecting on 5-of-9 (20 points). When the final whistle was blown, Beasley didn't record a dime.
Minnesota will take the court with a win-loss record of 12-36 for the campaign. They have an average of 109.0 points per contest (23rd in the league) while going 43.9% from the floor. The Timberwolves are hitting 34.6% on shots from distance (607 of 1,755) and 76.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Minnesota is pulling down 43.1 rebounds per game and has racked up 1,205 assists for the year, which is 11th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 14.4 times per contest and as a group are committing 21.2 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Timberwolves are forcing their opponents into 15.3 turnovers every game while drawing 19.0 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 28th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,260 relinquished this season. The Timberwolves defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 48.0% (734 of 910) and they relinquish 46.8 boards per game as a unit. They are surrendering 38.6% on three-point shots and they rank 28th in the NBA in points per game allowed (116.8).
The last time they took the court, the Memphis Grizzlies took a loss by a score of 111-107 when they faced the Utah Jazz. The Grizzlies were able to pull down 35 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 46 in the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 11 times, while getting 10 steals in the matchup. The Jazz were called for 21 fouls for the contest which got the Grizzlies to the charity stripe for a total of 23 attempts. They were able to bury 18 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 78.3%. When discussing three-point attempts, Memphis buried 5 out of 18 attempts (27.8%). Overall, the Grizzlies ended up shooting 42 out of 90 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.7%. The Grizzlies allowed the Jazz to knock down 38 out of their 89 attempts from the floor which had them at 42.7% for the matchup. They finished 32.7% from three-point range by going 16 of 49 and ended up shooting 19 of 25 at the free throw line (76.0%). In the matter of how they rebounded, Memphis allowed Utah to snag 46 overall (11 offensive).
Ja Morant was important for the Grizzlies for the game. He knocked down 11 of 18 for the contest for a field goal rate of 61.1%, and accounted for 2 rebounds. Morant totaled 36 points in his 35:58 minutes on the court and had 7 dimes in this game. Someone else that was pivotal for Memphis was Kyle Anderson. He wrapped the game up with 1 assist in 31:20 mins on the court, and he converted 6 out of 11 from the floor. Anderson ended the game having shot 54.5% from the floor as well as totaling 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Memphis has a win-loss mark of 22-23 for the campaign. Memphis has 5,023 points for the season (111.6 per game) and they pull in 46.0 boards per game. The Grizzlies are committing 18.6 fouls per contest and they shoot 78.3% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Grizzlies are hitting on 46.2% from the floor, which is 17th in the NBA. They are earning an assist 26.6 times per game (6th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.6 times per game. The Grizzlies are ranked 16th in the league in points allowed per game with 111.4. They are forcing 15.9 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.7% from the floor (16th in the NBA). The Memphis defense allows 36.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (591 of 1,605) and their opponents are making 77.9% of their free throw shots. They surrender 25.3 assists and 44.2 total rebounds per game, which is 20th and 15th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+7.5)
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