Minnesota Timberwolves vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 2/27/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Washington Wizards
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+4)
Capital One Arena is the venue where and the Washington Wizards (12-18) will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-26) on Saturday. Minnesota opens this matchup as 4-point dogs. The O/U is set at 235.
The Minnesota Timberwolves faced off with the Chicago Bulls and took a loss by a score of 133-126 in their last contest. Minnesota walked away from the contest having earned a 45.2% field goal percentage (47 of 104) and made 12 of their 38 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Timberwolves converted 20 of 21 shots for a percentage of 95.2%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 41 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 28 assists in the game in addition to creating 21 turnovers and earning 11 steals. In regard to the defense, Minnesota allowed 59.1% from the floor on 55 out of 93 shooting. Chicago doled out 28 dimes and had 11 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, Chicago totaled 43 rebounds (7 offensive, 36 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Chicago finished the contest at 81.3% when shooting free throws by converting 13 of 16 tries. They buried 10 out of their 25 attempts from distance.
Malik Beasley is a guy who had an impact for this game. He left the arena with 25 points on 9 out of 20 shooting. He saw the court for 37:04 minutes and also pulled down 2 rebounds. Beasley ended up going 45.0% from the field and dished out 1 assist. An additional guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Timberwolves was Karl-Anthony Towns. He pulled down 8 rebounds in his 31:00 min on the court. He finished the game at 50.0% from the field in the matchup by going 10-of-20 (24 points). In all, Towns earned 5 assists.
Minnesota steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 7-26 so far this season. They average 108.2 pts per contest (24th in basketball) while hitting 43.8% from the floor. The Timberwolves are shooting 35.5% on three-point attempts (425 of 1,198) and 76.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Minnesota is collecting 43.0 boards per game and has accumulated 837 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 5th in the league in terms of passing. They are turning it over 14.4 times per contest and as a group are committing 21.7 fouls every game. On defense, the Timberwolves are forcing 15.1 turnovers every game while drawing 18.3 personal fouls. They surrender 37.9% on 3-point shots and they are 27th in the league in points per game allowed (116.1). The Timberwolves are giving up a field goal percentage of 47.8% (499 of 604) and they concede 47.0 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They rank 23rd in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 842 relinquished this year.
The last time they took the court, the Washington Wizards went home victorious with a score of 112-110 when they faced the Denver Nuggets. The Wizards snagged 32 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 42 for the game. They turned the ball over 11 times, while recording 9 steals for the game. The Nuggets earned 20 fouls in this contest which took the Wizards to the free throw line for 25 attempts. They were able to knock down 22 of those for a clip of 88.0%. In reference to 3-point shots, Washington converted 8 of 26 attempts (30.8%). In all, the Wizards walked away from this one shooting 41 for 86 from the field which had them shooting 47.7%. The Wizards permitted the Nuggets to bury 37 of 85 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 43.5% for the matchup. They finished the game shooting 39.5% from distance by going 15 of 38 and ended up going 21 out of 24 at the charity stripe (87.5%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Washington allowed Denver to snag 44 in total (12 offensive).
Bradley Beal ended up being a factor for the Wizards for this contest. He buried 10 out of 19 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 52.6%, and tallied 4 rebounds. Beal recorded 33 points in his 36:28 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 4 dimes in the game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Washington was Rui Hachimura. He wrapped the game up with 2 dimes in 38:11 minutes on the court, and he put in 9 of 16 from the floor. Hachimura ended up shooting 56.3% from the floor while earning 20 points and 5 boards.
Washington has a record of 12-18 this year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Wizards are shooting 46.0% from the field, which is 18th in the league. Washington has accumulated 3,434 points so far this season (114.5 per contest) and they pull in 44.6 boards per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 25.1 times per game (14th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 14.1 times per game. The Wizards have committed 22.0 fouls per game and they shoot 76.3% from the charity stripe. The Wizards on the defensive side of the court are 29th in the league in PPG allowed with 119.5. They have given up 23.8 dimes and 47.1 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 10th and 26th in the league. The Washington defense concedes 38.5% on shots from behind the 3-point line (409 of 1,063) and opponents are knocking down 77.6% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 47.5% from the floor (23rd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (-4)
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