Minnesota Timberwolves vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 4/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Utah Jazz
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: Bally Sports North+
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+13.5)
The Minnesota Timberwolves (16-44) head to Vivint Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Utah Jazz (44-15). Minnesota opens this game as 13.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 234.
The Minnesota Timberwolves took the court against the Sacramento Kings and ended up losing by a score of 128-125 in their last contest. Minnesota wrapped up the game having earned a 52.9% FG percentage (46 out of 87) and made 15 out of their 34 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Timberwolves knocked down 18 of 22 tries for a percentage of 81.8%. When discussing hauling in boards, they collected 34 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 30 assists in this game as well as forcing 14 turnovers and earning 7 steals. With regard to defense, Minnesota allowed the other team to shoot 58.1% from the field on 43 of 74 shooting. Sacramento dished out 29 assists and had 7 steals for the matchup. Moreover, Sacramento had 33 boards (4 offensive, 29 defensive) and earned 4 blocked shots. Sacramento ended up shooting 80.6% from the free throw line by converting 25 of 31 shots. They also knocked down 17 out of their 33 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Karl-Anthony Towns is someone who played a role in this contest. He ended up scoring 26 points on 7 out of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32:58 minutes and collected 5 rebounds. Towns shot 41.2% from the floor and recorded 6 dimes. An additional guy that was a factor in this game for the Timberwolves was Anthony Edwards. He pulled down 1 rebound in 27:57 min played. He shot 40.0% from the floor for this game by hitting 4-of-10 (16 points). When all was said and done, Edwards earned 2 assists.
Minnesota enters this matchup with a record of 16-44 for the campaign. They lose possession via turnover 14.3 times per game and as a group they commit 20.8 fouls per contest. As a unit, Minnesota is snagging 42.8 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,511 assists so far this season, which is 11th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Timberwolves are connecting on 35.2% on shots from 3-point land (777 of 2,210) and 77.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 110.8 pts per contest (20th in the league) while connecting on 44.4% from the field. When they are on defense, the Timberwolves have forced 15.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.6 personal fouls. They rank 30th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,611 relinquished for the year. The Timberwolves defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 48.4% (909 of 1,178) and they concede 46.1 boards per game as a unit. They are conceding 39.8% on three-point shots while they are 29th in the league in PPG allowed (118.3).
The last time they took the court, the Utah Jazz went home victorious with a score of 112-89 against the Houston Rockets. The Jazz recorded 52 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 61 in the matchup. They also turned the ball over 12 times, while recording 7 steals in the game. The Rockets were called for 21 personal fouls for this contest which took the Jazz to the charity stripe for 16 attempts. They were able to knock down 13 of those for a clip of 81.3%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, Utah buried 17 of their 46 attempts (37.0%). In all, the Jazz shot 41 out of 90 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.6%. The Jazz permitted the Rockets to make 35 out of 99 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 35.4% in this matchup. They went 20.4% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 10 of 49 and walked away from this one shooting 9 out of 17 from the charity stripe (52.9%). Regarding rebounding, Utah permitted Houston to grab 50 overall (12 offensive).
Joe Ingles ended up having an impact for the Jazz for the contest. He converted 7 of 11 in this game for a rate of 63.6%, and accumulated 6 rebounds. Ingles accumulated 21 points in his 29:23 mins of playing time and earned 4 dimes for this game. An additional guy who came through for Utah was Rudy Gobert. He wrapped the game up with no assists in his 25:50 mins on the court, and he knocked down 9 out of 12 from the floor. Gobert ended the game having shot 75.0% from the field while also collecting 19 points and 18 rebounds.
Utah has a win-loss mark of 44-15 this season. Utah has totaled 6,891 pts so far this season (116.8 per game) and they collect 48.4 boards per contest. The Jazz are committing 18.8 fouls per contest and they shoot 79.5% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Jazz are connecting on 46.7% from the field, which ranks them 16th in basketball. They are earning an assist 23.7 times per game (22nd in basketball) and they turn it over 14.0 times per contest. The Jazz are ranked 4th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 107.4. They relinquish 22.0 assists and 43.3 rebounds per game, which is ranked 1st and 11th in the NBA. The Utah defense allows 34.2% on shots from distance (639 of 1,871) and their opposition knocks down 76.8% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 11.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 44.5% from the floor (2nd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota (+13.5)
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