Minnesota Timberwolves vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 2/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+11)
Fiserv Forum is the venue where and the Milwaukee Bucks (18-13) will play the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-24) on Tuesday. The spread on this contest has Milwaukee as 11-point favorites. The total is set at 234.
The Minnesota Timberwolves played the New York Knicks and took a loss by a final of 103-99 in their last contest. Minnesota ended the game with a 40.2% FG percentage (33 of 82) and converted 16 out of their 35 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Timberwolves made 17 of 21 tries for a percentage of 81.0%. In reference to rebounding, they compiled a total of 44 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 24 assists for the contest in addition to having 6 steals and 3 blocks. In terms of defending, Minnesota allowed the other team to go 42.3% from the floor on 33 of 78 shooting. New York recorded 17 assists and had 4 steals for this contest. On top of that, the Knicks totaled 48 rebounds (11 offensive, 37 defensive) and got 4 blocks. New York finished the contest at 81.6% from the charity stripe by making 31 of 38 attempts. They made 6 of 18 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Karl-Anthony Towns is one player who was a contributor for the contest. He ended up walking away with 27 points on 9 of 18 shooting. He was on the court for 31:23 mins and collected 15 boards. Towns shot 50.0% from the field and also dished out 4 dimes. An additional guy that was a major factor in this matchup for the Timberwolves was Ricky Rubio. He pulled down 2 rebounds and accounted for 6 dimes. He finished the game shooting 58.3% from the field in the matchup by going 7-of-12 (18 points). Overall, Rubio saw the court for 27:20 minutes.
Minnesota enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 7-24 so far this year. They average 107.5 points per contest (25th in basketball) while hitting 43.8% from the floor. The Timberwolves are connecting on 35.6% from downtown (394 of 1,106) and 75.3% from the free throw line. As a unit, Minnesota is pulling down 43.1 boards per contest and has totaled 774 dimes on the season, which ranks 9th in basketball in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 14.3 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 21.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Timberwolves are able to force 15.2 turnovers per game and they draw 18.6 fouls. They are ranked 23rd in basketball in giving up assists with 781 relinquished on the year. The Timberwolves defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 47.2% (470 of 576) and they relinquish 47.0 boards per contest as a team. They are surrendering 37.4% on three-point shots and they rank 24th in the NBA in PPG allowed (114.8).
The last time they took the court, the Milwaukee Bucks took home the win by a final score of 128-115 when they played the Sacramento Kings. The Bucks corralled 42 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds totaling 56 for the game. They also rejected 5 tries while earning 8 steals for the game. The Kings earned 26 fouls for this game which got the Bucks to the charity stripe for a total of 36 shots. They were able to make 29 of the free throws for a percentage of 80.6%. With regard to shots from beyond the arc, Milwaukee converted 11 out of their 28 tries (39.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Bucks went 44 for 90 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 48.9%. The Bucks permitted the Kings to knock down 44 of their 100 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.0% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 36.4% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 12 out of 33 and finished the game at 15 out of 20 from the free throw line (75.0%). In the matter of how they rebounded, Milwaukee permitted Sacramento to grab 43 in total (14 on the offensive glass).
Giannis Antetokounmpo was important for the Bucks for the game. He converted 9 of 19 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 47.4%, which gave him 38 points. Antetokounmpo pulled down 18 rebounds in his 33:29 mins of time on the hardwood and accumulated 4 assists in the game. Someone else who came through for Milwaukee was Khris Middleton. He finished with 32 points in his 32:37 mins played by way of 13 of 22 shooting in this matchup. Middleton wrapped this one up going 59.1% from the field in addition to earning 6 assists and 8 boards.
Milwaukee has a record of 18-13 this season. Milwaukee has scored 3,695 points on the year (119.2 per game) and they pull in 48.4 boards per game. The Bucks have committed 18.4 fouls per contest and they shoot 73.2% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bucks are shooting 48.6% from the field, which ranks 2nd in the NBA. They are dishing out assists 26.1 times per game (9th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.9 times per contest. The Bucks on defense are ranked 16th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 112.1. They have allowed 24.4 dimes and 42.9 boards every game, ranking them 13th and 8th in basketball. The Milwaukee defense surrenders 38.3% on shots from beyond the arc (443 of 1,158) and their opponents are converting on 77.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 13.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.5% from the floor (8th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota (+11)
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