Minnesota Timberwolves vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 2/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+9.5)
Amalie Arena is the venue where and the Toronto Raptors (12-14) will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (6-20) on Sunday. Minnesota opens this contest as 9.5-point dogs. The O/U is set at 227.
The Minnesota Timberwolves stepped onto the hardwood against the Charlotte Hornets and took a loss by a score of 120-114 in their last contest. Minnesota finished the contest having earned a 45.5% FG percentage (45 of 99) and knocked down 16 out of their 41 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Timberwolves buried 8 of 14 tries for a percentage of 57.1%. When talking about rebounding, they compiled 40 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 28 assists for this game in addition to having 10 steals and 4 blocked shots. In the matter of defending, Minnesota allowed 48.9% from the floor on 44 out of 90 shooting. Charlotte recorded 20 assists and had 4 steals for this contest. Additionally, the Hornets grabbed 55 rebounds (12 offensive, 43 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. Charlotte finished shooting 100.0% from the charity stripe by making 19 of 19 shots. They converted 13 out of their 36 tries from three-point range.
Malik Beasley is someone who came through for this game. He totaled 31 points on 12 of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36:31 minutes and also pulled down 5 boards. Beasley walked away from this one shooting 57.1% from the floor and also recorded 2 assists. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Timberwolves was Karl-Anthony Towns. He collected 8 boards and earned 2 assists. He finished 50.0% from the floor for this contest by going 9-of-18 (25 points). When the final whistle was blown, Towns saw the court for 31:31 minutes.
Minnesota comes into this one with a mark of 6-20 on the season. The Timberwolves are hitting 35.0% from downtown (322 of 920) and 74.3% from the free throw line. They average 107.9 points per outing (25th in basketball) while hitting 43.9% from the floor. They are giving up possession 14.1 times per game and as a group they are committing 21.4 fouls every game. As a team, Minnesota is collecting 43.4 boards per game and has accounted for 635 dimes this year, which is 14th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Timberwolves are forcing their opponents into 15.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.5 personal fouls. They currently rank 25th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 673 surrendered this season. The Timberwolves defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 47.7% (397 of 481) and they surrender 47.3 boards per game as a basketball team. They relinquish 37.6% on 3-point attempts while they are 26th in the NBA in points per game allowed (115.8).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Toronto Raptors walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 120-106 against the Boston Celtics. The Raptors were able to corral 29 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive boards for a total of 32 for this game. They also stuffed 8 tries while earning 7 steals for the game. The Celtics had 22 fouls for the matchup which got the Raptors to the free throw line for 19 tries. They were able to bury 15 of the free throws for a rate of 78.9%. With regard to shooting from 3-point land, Toronto knocked down 9 out of their 28 attempts (32.1%). When all was said and done, the Raptors went 41 for 83 from the field which gave them a percentage of 49.4%. The Raptors permitted the Celtics to knock down 39 out of 86 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.3% in this matchup. They shot 51.3% from 3-point land by shooting 20 out of 39 and finished the contest at 22 of 28 from the free throw line (78.6%). Concerning team rebounding, Toronto permitted Boston to snag 49 overall (14 on the offensive side).
Kyle Lowry pitched in for the Raptors for the matchup. He made 10 of 15 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 66.7%, which had him sitting at 24 points. Lowry snagged 2 rebounds in his 32:31 mins of time on the hardwood and earned 6 assists in this matchup. An additional guy who came through for Toronto was Pascal Siakam. He notched 23 points in his 35:07 mins on the hardwood by way of 8 out of 14 shooting in this matchup. Siakam wrapped this one up going 57.1% from the floor while also contributing 2 assists and 4 boards.
Toronto has a mark of 12-14 on the year. When it comes to offense, the Raptors are shooting 45.2% from the field, which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Toronto has totaled 2,963 points so far this year (114.0 per game) and they grab 42.2 boards per game. They are earning an assist 25.0 times per game (13th in the league) and they turn it over 13.9 times per game. The Raptors are committing 22.3 fouls per contest and they go 82.3% from the charity stripe. The Raptors on the defensive end are ranked 17th in basketball in points given up per game with 111.9. The Toronto defense gives up 37.7% on shots from beyond the arc (365 of 969) and their opponents are making 80.0% of their foul shots. They have given up 26.7 dimes and 45.0 total boards per game, which ranks them 27th and 17th in the league. They are able to force 16.8 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.7% from the field (11th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (-9.5)
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