Minnesota Timberwolves vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 3/18/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+9.5)
Phoenix Suns Arena is the venue where and the Phoenix Suns (26-12) will play the Minnesota Timberwolves (9-31) on Thursday. Minnesota opens this matchup as 9.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 228.
The Minnesota Timberwolves took the court against the Los Angeles Lakers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 137-121 in their last contest. Minnesota ended the game with a 52.2% FG percentage (47 of 90) and made 11 of 35 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Timberwolves made 16 of their 22 attempts for a percentage of 72.7%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they earned 34 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 28 assists for this contest while forcing 13 turnovers and earning 9 steals. In regard to defense, Minnesota allowed the other team to go 57.5% from the floor on 50 of 87 shooting. Los Angeles distributed 37 dimes and had 3 steals in the matchup. In addition, Los Angeles totaled 43 rebounds (10 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Los Angeles ended up shooting 85.7% when shooting free throws by knocking down 24 of their 28 attempts. They knocked down 13 out of their 26 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Anthony Edwards is one guy who was a factor for the matchup. He accounted for 29 points on 11 out of 22 shooting. He played for 38:26 minutes played and also collected 4 boards. Edwards walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the field and also dished out 1 assist. Another guy that had an impact in the game for the Timberwolves was Karl-Anthony Towns. He totaled 6 rebounds in his 35:04 min on the court. He finished 52.6% from the floor in this matchup by shooting 10-of-19 (29 points). Overall, Towns totaled 7 assists.
Minnesota heads into this game with a record of 9-31 on the year. The Timberwolves are hitting 35.0% on three-point attempts (506 of 1,447) and 76.3% from the free throw line. They have an average of 109.4 points per outing (23rd in the league) while connecting on 44.3% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 14.6 times per contest and as a team are committing 21.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Minnesota is snagging 43.3 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,009 dimes on the campaign, which is 10th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Timberwolves are forcing 15.0 turnovers per game while drawing 18.6 fouls. They are ranked 27th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,042 conceded this season. The Timberwolves are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 47.9% (600 of 745) and they relinquish 47.0 boards per contest as a unit. They relinquish 37.5% on shots from distance and they are 28th in basketball in opponents PPG (117.3).
In their last game, the Phoenix Suns went home victorious with a score of 122-99 against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Suns snagged 37 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 42 in this matchup. They also coughed it up 14 times, while getting 7 steals in the matchup. The Grizzlies committed 17 personal fouls for the contest which took the Suns to the free throw line for 18 tries. They were able to convert 16 of them for a percentage of 88.9%. In regard to shooting from downtown, Phoenix made 12 of their 30 tries (40.0%). Overall, the Suns went 47 for 83 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 56.6%. The Suns permitted the Grizzlies to make 38 out of their 87 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 43.7% in this game. They shot 21.7% from three-point range by shooting 5 out of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 18 of 26 from the free throw line (69.2%). With respect to how they cleaned up the glass, Phoenix permitted Memphis to collect 39 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Devin Booker pitched in for the Suns in this contest. He converted 10 out of 19 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 52.6%, and added 4 rebounds. Booker scored 27 points in his 30:11 mins on the court and had 5 assists for the matchup. Someone else who was a determining factor for Phoenix was Chris Paul. He left the arena with 7 assists in his 28:03 mins on the court, and he knocked down 9 out of 11 from the floor. Paul wrapped this one up going 81.8% from the floor in addition to collecting 18 points and 3 rebounds.
Phoenix has a record of 26-12 for the year. The Suns commit 19.5 fouls per game and they connect on 83.4% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 27.2 times per contest (3rd in the league) and they turn it over 13.1 times per game. Phoenix has tallied 4,335 points so far this season (114.1 per contest) and they average 43.2 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Suns are connecting on 48.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 2nd in the NBA. The Suns on the defensive end are ranked 4th in the league in PPG surrendered with 107.6. They are able to force 13.1 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.9% from the field (10th in basketball). The Phoenix defense surrenders 34.6% on 3-point shots (423 of 1,221) and their opposition makes 76.8% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 21.9 assists and 43.2 boards per game, which is 1st and 12th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Phoenix (-9.5) and over 228 points
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