Minnesota Timberwolves vs Sacramento Kings Prediction, 4/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+2.5)
The Minnesota Timberwolves (15-43) travel to Golden 1 Center on Tuesday where they'll meet the Sacramento Kings (23-34). Minnesota opens this contest as 2.5-point dogs. The O/U opens at 224.5.
The Minnesota Timberwolves took the court against the Los Angeles Clippers and took a loss by a score of 124-105 in their last game. Minnesota walked away from the game with a 40.9% FG percentage (36 of 88) and knocked down 17 of their 45 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Timberwolves made 16 of 21 shots for a rate of 76.2%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 37 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 27 dimes for this contest while forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and earning 6 steals. With respect to defending, Minnesota allowed the other team to go 50.6% from the floor on 45 out of 89 shooting. Los Angeles earned 31 assists and had 6 steals for this game. Moreover, Los Angeles snagged 48 rebounds (8 offensive, 40 defensive) and earned 7 rejections. Los Angeles finished the contest at 76.5% from the charity stripe by burying 13 of 17 attempts. They also converted 21 out of their 42 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Anthony Edwards is one guy who came through for the contest. He ended up scoring 23 points on 6 out of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 28:40 mins played and totaled 6 rebounds. Edwards finished the contest at 37.5% from the field and recorded 3 dimes. One more player that had an impact in the game for the Timberwolves was Karl-Anthony Towns. He snagged 6 rebounds in 24:54 min on the hardwood. He finished shooting 33.3% from the floor in this contest by going 5-of-15 (16 points). Overall, Towns had 5 assists.
Minnesota will play this game with a mark of 15-43 for the year. They turn the ball over 14.3 times per contest and as a team they commit 20.9 fouls per game. As a unit, Minnesota is snagging 42.8 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,447 assists this season, which is 11th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Timberwolves are connecting on 34.9% on three-point shots (744 of 2,133) and 77.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 110.2 pts per game (22nd in the league) while going 44.1% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Timberwolves have forced 15.2 turnovers per game while drawing 19.7 fouls. They concede 39.5% on 3-point attempts while they are 28th in the NBA in opponents PPG (118.1). The Timberwolves defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 48.4% (884 of 1,141) and they surrender 46.4 rebounds per game as a team. They are 30th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,554 relinquished for the season.
For their last game, the Sacramento Kings took home the win by a final score of 121-107 against the Dallas Mavericks. The Kings were able to pull down 32 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 42 in the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 6 times, while getting 11 steals in the matchup. The Mavericks had 20 personal fouls in this contest which got the Kings to the free throw line for 25 attempts. They were able to knock down 22 of those for a clip of 88.0%. When it comes to shots from 3-point land, Sacramento knocked down 11 of their 24 tries (45.8%). Overall, the Kings went 44 out of 89 from the floor which had them at 49.4%. The Kings allowed the Mavericks to convert 39 of their 87 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.8% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 33.3% from three-point range by connecting on 16 out of 48 and walked away from this one shooting 13 out of 20 at the charity stripe (65.0%). With respect to cleaning the glass, Sacramento allowed Dallas to pull down 42 in all (10 on the offensive side).
De'Aaron Fox pitched in for the Kings for the contest. He knocked down 12 of 21 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 57.1%, and totaled 4 rebounds. Fox recorded 30 points in his 36:47 mins on the hardwood and accumulated 12 dimes in this game. An additional guy that was pivotal for Sacramento was Harrison Barnes. He ended up with 1 assist in 36:17 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 9 out of 14 from the floor. Barnes ended up shooting 64.3% from the floor while also earning 24 points and 5 rebounds.
Sacramento has a win-loss record of 23-34 this season. As an offense, the Kings are shooting 48.2% from the floor, which ranks 6th in the NBA. Sacramento has accounted for 6,515 pts on the season (114.3 per game) and they grab 41.6 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 25.4 times per contest (12th in the league) and they turn it over 13.2 times per contest. The Kings are committing 19.7 fouls every game and they shoot 73.7% from the charity stripe. The Kings on the defensive side of the court are 30th in the league in points allowed per contest with 118.6. The Sacramento defense allows 38.7% on shots from behind the 3-point line (713 of 1,842) and their opposition makes 79.6% of their foul shots. They have conceded 25.2 dimes and 45.1 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 19th and 20th in the league. They have forced 13.2 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 49.0% from the field (30th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+2.5)
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