Minnesota Timberwolves vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction, 4/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+9.5)
The Philadelphia 76ers (33-15) host the Minnesota Timberwolves (12-36) at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. The odds on this matchup have Philadelphia as 9.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 224.
The Minnesota Timberwolves faced off with the New York Knicks and walked away with a win by a score of 102-101 in their last contest. Minnesota walked away from the game with a 41.4% field goal percentage (36 of 87) and buried 14 of 40 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Timberwolves converted 16 of their 19 attempts for a percentage of 84.2%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 40 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 25 assists for this game in addition to forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and getting 9 steals. In the matter of defending, Minnesota allowed 47.6% from the floor on 39 of 82 shooting. New York earned 20 dimes and had 7 steals in the matchup. Furthermore, New York collected 41 boards (7 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 8 blocks. New York walked away from this one shooting 70.6% at the charity stripe by converting 12 of 17 tries. They made 11 of their 23 shots from 3-point land.
Anthony Edwards is a guy who was a factor in this matchup. He ended up with 24 points on 9 out of 16 shooting. He played 35:32 mins and pulled down 2 boards. Edwards walked away from this one shooting 56.3% from the field and totaled 3 dimes. Another guy that played a role in the matchup for the Timberwolves was Malik Beasley. He snagged 1 rebound in his 32:01 min played. He finished shooting 55.6% from the floor in this game by connecting on 5-of-9 (20 points). When the final whistle blew, Beasley didn't record an assist.
Minnesota comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 12-36 so far this year. The Timberwolves are connecting on 34.6% from downtown (607 of 1,755) and 76.3% from the charity stripe. They average 109.0 pts per game (23rd in the league) while hitting 43.9% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 14.4 times per contest and as a squad are committing 21.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Minnesota is snagging 43.1 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,205 assists this year, which has them ranked 11th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Timberwolves have forced 15.3 turnovers per game and they draw 19.0 fouls. They currently rank 28th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,260 conceded on the year. The Timberwolves are giving up a FG percentage of 48.0% (733 of 910) and they concede 46.8 boards per game as a group. They concede 38.6% on three-point shots while they are 28th in the league in opponents PPG (116.8).
The last time they took the court, the Philadelphia 76ers walked away with a victory by a final of 114-94 when they played the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 76ers corralled 43 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 55 in the game. They also gave up possession 9 times, while recording 11 steals in the game. The Cavaliers committed 24 fouls in the matchup which took the 76ers to the charity stripe for a total of 25 shots. They were able to bury 19 of them for a rate of 76.0%. In the matter of shots from 3-point land, Philadelphia knocked down 15 out of their 37 tries (40.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the 76ers went 40 out of 93 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.0%. The 76ers permitted the Cavaliers to make 34 out of 80 attempts from the floor which had them at 42.5% in this game. They finished 28.6% from beyond the perimeter via 10 of 35 and finished the contest at 16 out of 21 from the free throw line (76.2%). When talking about rebounds, Philadelphia permitted Cleveland to collect 40 overall (4 on the offensive glass).
Seth Curry ended up being a factor for the 76ers for the contest. He knocked down 7 out of 15 for the contest giving him a rate of 46.7%, and accounted for 4 rebounds. Curry accumulated 19 points in his 24:12 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 4 dimes in the matchup. One more player that ended up playing a role for Philadelphia was Tobias Harris. He accumulated 3 dimes in his 15:05 mins on the court, and he knocked down 4 of 7 from the floor. Harris wrapped this one up going 57.1% from the floor as well as contributing 12 points and 1 rebound.
Philadelphia has a mark of 33-15 for the season. The 76ers are committing 20.5 fouls every game and they hit 77.4% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 23.3 times per contest (22nd in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.3 times per game. Philadelphia has scored 5,488 pts for the year (114.3 per game) and they snag 46.2 boards per game. As an offense, the 76ers are shooting 47.8% from the field, which is 8th in the league. The 76ers on the defensive side of the court are 7th in the NBA in PPG given up with 109.1. They relinquish 23.6 dimes and 42.2 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 7th and 5th in the NBA. The Philadelphia defense concedes 36.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter (574 of 1,587) and opponents are connecting on 76.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 15.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.1% from the floor (4th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-9.5) and over 224 points
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