Minnesota Timberwolves vs Miami Heat Prediction, 5/7/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Miami Heat
Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+7.5)
The Minnesota Timberwolves (20-46) go to AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Miami Heat (35-31). Minnesota opens this contest as 7.5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 224.5.
The Minnesota Timberwolves faced off with the Memphis Grizzlies and ended up losing by a score of 139-135 in their last contest. Minnesota finished the game having earned a 52.1% field goal percentage (49 out of 94) and buried 19 of their 39 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Timberwolves buried 18 of 22 attempts for a percentage of 81.8%. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they earned 41 with 12 of them being offensive. They also dished out 32 assists for the game as well as creating 13 turnovers and having 7 steals. Pertaining to defending, Minnesota let their opponent shoot 53.6% from the floor on 52 out of 97 shooting. Memphis recorded 30 dimes and had 6 steals in this contest. In addition, Memphis collected 46 rebounds (12 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Memphis ended up going 75.0% at the charity stripe by making 21 of their 28 shots. They also buried 14 of 29 tries from beyond the arc.
Anthony Edwards is a player who had an impact for the contest. He totaled 42 points on 17 out of 22 shooting. He played 38:14 mins and pulled down 6 rebounds. Edwards ended up shooting 77.3% from the field and distributed 7 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Timberwolves was D'Angelo Russell. He snagged 4 rebounds in his 37:01 min on the court. He ended up shooting 46.2% from the field in this game by going 6-of-13 (22 points). When all was said and done, Russell had accumulated 14 assists.
Minnesota comes into this one with a record of 20-46 for the year. The Timberwolves are hitting 35.2% on shots from distance (866 of 2,458) and 76.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 111.6 points per game (18th in the league) while going 44.6% from the field. They turn it over 14.4 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 21.0 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Minnesota is snagging 43.3 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,682 assists on the season, which ranks 12th in the league in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Timberwolves are forcing their opponents into 15.2 turnovers every game while drawing 19.7 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 30th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,775 relinquished so far this season. The Timberwolves defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 48.3% (1,002 of 1,299) and they surrender 46.0 boards per game as a unit. They are surrendering 39.3% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 29th in the league in points per game from their opponents (118.1).
For their last game, the Miami Heat took a loss by a score of 127-113 against the Dallas Mavericks. The Heat snagged 31 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 for this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while recording 9 steals for the contest. The Mavericks earned 17 fouls in the game which took the Heat to the free throw line for 21 tries. They were able to bury 17 of the free throws for a rate of 81.0%. In reference to three-point attempts, Miami made 18 of 41 attempts (43.9%). When all was said and done, the Heat ended up going 39 for 84 from the field which had them shooting 46.4%. The Heat allowed the Mavericks to convert 46 of 87 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 52.9% in the game. They went 45.8% from 3-point land by connecting on 22 out of 48 and ended up going 13 of 18 at the free throw line (72.2%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Miami allowed Dallas to snag 44 in total (12 offensive).
Duncan Robinson ended up having an impact for the Heat in this game. He buried 6 of 14 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 42.9%, and had 9 rebounds. Robinson scored 19 points in his 37:39 mins on the court and accounted for 3 dimes for this contest. An additional guy that played a role for Miami was Trevor Ariza. He ended up finishing with 1 assist in 25:59 mins played, and he knocked down 7 of 11 from the floor. Ariza ended the game having shot 63.6% from the field as well as collecting 18 points and 4 rebounds.
Miami has a record of 35-31 so far this season. The Heat are committing 18.9 fouls per contest and they go 79.0% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 26.2 times per contest (9th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.1 times per game. Miami has accumulated 7,067 pts this season (107.1 per game) and they average 41.7 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Heat are shooting 46.3% from the field, which has them ranked 19th in the NBA. The Heat are ranked 4th in the league in points given up per game with 107.6. They have relinquished 25.7 dimes and 43.5 boards per contest, which has them ranked 23rd and 12th in the league. The Miami defense concedes 36.6% on three-point shots (954 of 2,607) and their opponents are converting on 78.9% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 15.2 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.5% from the field (6th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Miami (-7.5) and over 224.5 points
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