Minnesota Timberwolves vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 3/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+10.5)
Phoenix Suns Arena is the site where and the Phoenix Suns (26-12) will play the Minnesota Timberwolves (9-31) on Friday. Phoenix opens this matchup as 10.5-point favorites. The total is set at 228.
The Minnesota Timberwolves faced off with the Los Angeles Lakers and ended up losing by a score of 137-121 in their last game. Minnesota finished having earned a 52.2% FG percentage (47 of 90) and buried 11 out of their 35 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Timberwolves converted 16 of their 22 attempts for a rate of 72.7%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned a total of 34 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 28 assists for this contest as well as forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and earning 9 steals. With respect to defense, Minnesota allowed their opponent to shoot 57.5% from the field on 50 out of 87 shooting. Los Angeles earned 37 dimes and had 3 steals for this game. Moreover, Los Angeles pulled down 43 rebounds (10 offensive, 33 defensive) and earned 6 rejections. Los Angeles finished the game at 85.7% at the charity stripe by knocking down 24 of their 28 shots. They knocked down 13 of 26 shots from beyond the arc.
Anthony Edwards is a guy who was a major contributor for the game. He ended up finishing with 29 points on 11 out of 22 shooting. He saw the court for 38:26 mins and also pulled down 4 boards. Edwards finished shooting 50.0% from the floor and also earned 1 assist. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this game for the Timberwolves was Karl-Anthony Towns. He grabbed 6 rebounds in his 35:04 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up shooting 52.6% from the field for the game by connecting on 10-of-19 (29 points). When this game wrapped up, Towns earned 7 assists.
Minnesota will play this game with a win-loss mark of 9-31 for the campaign. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.6 times per contest and as a unit they commit 21.8 personal fouls every game. As a team, Minnesota is snagging 43.3 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 1,009 assists this season, which is 13th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Timberwolves are hitting 35.0% on shots from distance (506 of 1,447) and 76.3% from the charity stripe. They average 109.4 pts per contest (23rd in the league) while connecting on 44.3% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Timberwolves have forced 15.0 turnovers every game and they draw 18.6 fouls. They are 25th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,042 relinquished on the year. The Timberwolves defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 47.9% (600 of 745) and they concede 47.0 boards per game as a squad. They surrender 37.5% on 3-pointers while they are 28th in the league in opponents points per game (117.3).
The last time they took the court, the Phoenix Suns got the win with a final of 122-99 against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Suns collected 37 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards for a total of 42 for this game. They gave up possession 14 times, while earning 7 steals for the contest. The Grizzlies committed 17 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Suns to the charity stripe for 18 attempts. They were able to convert 16 of the free throw tries for a rate of 88.9%. When discussing shots from beyond the perimeter, Phoenix converted 12 out of their 30 tries (40.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Suns went 47 out of 83 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 56.6%. The Suns permitted the Grizzlies to knock down 38 out of their 87 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 43.7% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 21.7% from three-point range by going 5 out of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 18 out of 26 from the charity stripe (69.2%). With respect to how they cleaned up the glass, Phoenix allowed Memphis to snag 39 in all (10 on the offensive side).
Devin Booker ended up being a factor for the Suns for the matchup. He converted 10 out of 19 for this game for a field goal rate of 52.6%, and had 4 rebounds. Booker recorded 27 points in his 30:11 minutes of playing time and totaled 5 dimes for the matchup. Someone else who came through for Phoenix was Chris Paul. He finished this one with 7 dimes in his 28:03 minutes on the hardwood, and he shot 9 out of 11 from the floor. Paul finished going 81.8% from the floor as well as totaling 18 points and 3 boards.
Phoenix has a win-loss record of 26-12 this year. Phoenix has scored 4,335 points on the campaign (114.1 per contest) and they average 43.2 rebounds per game. The Suns are responsible for committing 19.5 personal fouls every game and they go 83.4% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Suns are connecting on 48.9% from the field, which ranks them 2nd in the league. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 27.2 times per contest (2nd in the league) and they turn the ball over 13.1 times per contest. The Suns on defense are ranked 4th in the league in PPG given up with 107.6. They concede 21.9 dimes and 43.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 1st and 11th in the league. The Phoenix defense gives up 34.6% on 3-point attempts (423 of 1,221) and their opponents are converting on 76.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 13.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 45.9% from the floor (10th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+10.5)
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