Orlando Magic vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 1/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando Magic vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+1)
Target Center is the venue where and the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-9) will take on the Orlando Magic (6-8) on Wednesday. Minnesota opens this contest as 1-point favorites. The total opens at 228.5.
The Orlando Magic took the court against the New York Knicks and took a loss by a score of 91-84 in their last game. Orlando finished the contest having earned a 33.7% field goal percentage (29 out of 86) and converted 12 out of their 38 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Magic knocked down 14 of their 16 attempts for a percentage of 87.5%. Concerning hauling in boards, they collected 51 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 18 assists in the matchup as well as earning 4 steals and 9 blocks. Regarding the defense, Orlando allowed the other team to go 35.6% from the field on 31 out of 87 shooting. New York distributed 15 assists and had 6 steals for this game. In addition, the Knicks collected 53 rebounds (13 offensive, 40 defensive) and earned 4 blocked shots. New York ended up going 70.6% at the charity stripe by making 24 of their 34 tries. They knocked down 5 of their 27 shots from 3-point range.
Nikola Vučević is a player who was a contributor for the contest. He totaled 24 points on 10 of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 36:27 minutes played and snagged 14 rebounds. Vučević finished the contest at 62.5% from the floor and also dished out 2 dimes. Someone else that was a contributor in this matchup for the Magic was Terrence Ross. He pulled down 3 rebounds and totaled 3 assists. He finished 31.3% from the field for the game by going 5-of-16 (19 points). Overall, Ross played for 33:02 minutes.
Orlando will play this game with a mark of 6-8 on the year. They average 106.1 pts per game (27th in the NBA) on 43.6% from the floor. The Magic are shooting 31.8% on 3-pointers (127 of 400) and 79.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Orlando is snagging 46.1 rebounds per contest and has tallied 273 dimes on the season, which is 25th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 13.4 times per contest and as a group are committing 17.2 fouls per contest. On the defensive end of the court, the Magic are forcing their opponents into 14.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.8 fouls. The Magic are allowing a field goal percentage of 47.7% (201 of 263) and they surrender 45.8 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 20th in basketball in allowing assists with 337 conceded for the campaign. They are conceding 36.5% on three-point shots and they rank 18th in the NBA in opponents points per game (110.7).
In their last game, the Minnesota Timberwolves took a defeat with a final score of 108-97 when they faced the Atlanta Hawks. The Timberwolves earned 30 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 for the contest. They also rejected 6 shots while recording 16 steals in this matchup. The Hawks committed 17 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for a total of 16 shots. They were able to convert 11 of them for a clip of 68.8%. In terms of shooting from distance, Minnesota buried 14 of their 37 tries (37.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Timberwolves walked away from this one shooting 36 for 91 from the floor which gave them a rate of 39.6%. The Timberwolves allowed the Hawks to knock down 37 out of 79 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 46.8% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 39.3% from distance by connecting on 11 of 28 and ended up going 23 out of 25 from the charity stripe (92.0%). In the matter of attacking the glass, Minnesota permitted Atlanta to collect 48 overall (7 offensive).
D'Angelo Russell was important for the Timberwolves for the matchup. He knocked down 11 of 22 for the game for a rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 31 points. Russell snagged 3 rebounds in his 32:04 mins of playing time and had 7 dimes in this matchup. One more player that was important for Minnesota was Malik Beasley. He accumulated 15 points in his 33:43 minutes played via 5 of 17 from the floor for the contest. Beasley finished going 29.4% from the field while contributing 3 assists and 5 rebounds.
Minnesota has a record of 3-9 for the year. Minnesota has scored 1,195 pts so far this season (108.6 per game) and they grab 45.2 rebounds per game. The Timberwolves commit 20.6 fouls per contest and they shoot 75.2% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Timberwolves are shooting 44.4% from the floor, which ranks them 22nd in the league. Their rate of earning assists is at 23.8 times per game (21st in the NBA) and they cough up possession 14.7 times per contest. The Timberwolves on the defensive end are ranked 27th in the league in PPG given up with 117.8. They are able to force 14.8 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 48.3% from the floor (26th in the NBA). The Minnesota defense allows 37.6% on 3-pointers (148 of 394) and their opponents are converting on 77.0% of their free throw shots. They allow 27.7 assists and 46.1 rebounds every game, which ranks 29th and 21st in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota (-1)
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