Minnesota Timberwolves vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction, 12/12/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: ROOT SPORTS
Moda Center is the location where the Portland Trail Blazers (11-15) will compete against the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-14) on Sunday.
The Timberwolves played the Jazz and took a loss by a score of 136-104 in their last contest. Minnesota wrapped up the contest having earned a 40.0% field goal percentage (38 out of 95) and converted 17 out of their 47 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Timberwolves buried 11 of their 17 tries for a rate of 64.7%. When talking about pulling down boards, they compiled 37 with 9 of them being offensive. They also distributed 19 dimes in the matchup while forcing 4 turnovers and getting 9 steals. Regarding the defense, Minnesota allowed 56.8% from the floor on 50 of 88 shooting. Utah doled out 48 assists and had 26 steals for the game. In addition, Utah collected 42 boards (6 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Utah finished shooting 73.3% at the free throw line by knocking down 11 of their 15 attempts. They also converted 25 out of their 54 attempts from three-point range. Concerning personal fouls, the Timberwolves ended up with 17 and the Jazz recorded 13 personal fouls.
Karl-Anthony Towns is one guy who came through for this contest. Towns walked away from this one shooting 63.6% from the floor and also distributed 5 assists. He was on the court for 34 minutes played and also collected 7 boards. He notched 22 points on 7 out of 11 shooting.
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Minnesota enters this game with a record of 11-14 so far this year. They have an average of 107.8 points per game (16th in the NBA) while connecting on 42.5% from the field. The Timberwolves are connecting on 33.6% on 3-point shots (355 of 1,058) and 76.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Minnesota is snagging 45.6 boards per contest and has earned 575 assists so far this season, which ranks 21st in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 15.8 times per game and as a group are committing 22.7 fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end of the court, the Timberwolves are forcing their opponents into 17.3 turnovers every game while drawing 20.4 personal fouls. They relinquish 33.3% on three-point shots while they are 21st in the NBA in points per game allowed (108.8). The Timberwolves defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 44.5% (968 of 2,177) and they concede 47.7 rebounds per game as a group. They rank 21st in the league in allowing assists with 615 surrendered so far this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Trail Blazers went home defeated by a final of 104-94 when they played the Warriors. The Trail Blazers were able to collect 35 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 43 in this matchup. They also coughed up the ball 16 times, while getting 5 steals in the matchup. The Warriors had 15 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Trail Blazers to the free throw line for 28 tries. They were able to convert 20 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 71.4%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, Portland made 8 out of 30 tries (26.7%). When all was said and done, the Trail Blazers finished the game shooting 33 out of 81 from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.7%. The Trail Blazers permitted the Warriors to bury 33 of 83 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.8% in the game. They wrapped up this game 30.4% from 3-point land by going 14 of 46 and finished the game at 24 of 31 at the free throw line (77.4%). In the matter of attacking the glass, Portland permitted Golden State to pull down 37 in all (10 on the offensive side).
Nassir Little ended up being important for the Trail Blazers in this matchup. Little scored 18 points in his 26 mins of playing time and had 1 assist for this contest. He made 5 out of 8 in this game for a field goal rate of 62.5%, and added 6 rebounds.
Portland has a mark of 11-15 on the year. On the offensive side of the court, the Trail Blazers are connecting on 45.2% from the floor, which ranks them 16th in the league. Portland has accounted for 2,812 points so far this season (108.2 per game) and they snag 44.1 boards per game. They are getting an assist 23.1 times per game (16th in the league) and they are turning it over 13.6 times per game. The Trail Blazers have committed 19.1 fouls per contest and they hit 78.3% from the charity stripe.
The Trail Blazers on the defensive end are ranked 25th in the NBA in PPG given up with 111.0. They have forced 13.6 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.3% from the floor (28th in the league). The Portland defense concedes 38.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter (361 of 945) and their opponents are connecting on 74.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 25.5 assists and 43.0 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 26th and 6th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota
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