Philadelphia 76ers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 1/29/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Friday, January 29, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-7.5)
Target Center is the venue where and the Minnesota Timberwolves (4-13) will take on the Philadelphia 76ers (13-6) on Friday. Minnesota opens this game as 7.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 225.
The Philadelphia 76ers faced off with the Los Angeles Lakers and notched a win by a score of 107-106 in their last game. Philadelphia wrapped up the game with a 48.2% FG percentage (41 of 85) and made 9 out of their 25 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the 76ers buried 16 of 26 shots for a rate of 61.5%. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they earned 38 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 24 assists for this game while earning 10 steals and 7 blocks. In relation to defense, Philadelphia allowed their opponent to shoot 47.7% from the floor on 41 of 86 shooting. Los Angeles earned 20 dimes and had 5 steals in this contest. On top of that, the Lakers totaled 37 rebounds (6 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Los Angeles ended up going 64.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 16 of their 25 attempts. They also made 8 of their 24 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Joel Embiid is a player who was a contributor for this game. He recorded 28 points on 8 out of 18 shooting. He played 37:43 minutes and totaled 6 rebounds. Embiid walked away from this one shooting 44.4% from the floor and also distributed 4 dimes. An additional guy that was a major factor in this matchup for the 76ers was Tobias Harris. He snagged 7 rebounds and also had 3 dimes. He ended up shooting 62.5% from the floor for this game by hitting 10-of-16 (24 points). At the conclusion of this game, Harris was on the hardwood for 36:40 min.
Philadelphia heads into this one with a win-loss mark of 13-6 for the year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 16.3 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 20.9 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Philadelphia is collecting 45.8 rebounds per game and has earned 456 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 7th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The 76ers are connecting on 36.1% on shots from distance (217 of 601) and 76.2% from the free throw line. They have an average of 113.4 pts per game (10th in basketball) while shooting 47.5% from the field. On the defensive end, the 76ers are able to force 15.2 turnovers every game and they draw 21.5 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 37.0% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 14th in the league in points per game from their opponents (110.5). The 76ers defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 44.4% (288 of 408) and they relinquish 43.7 boards per game as a team. They are 28th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 479 conceded so far this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Minnesota Timberwolves went home defeated by a final of 123-111 when they played the Golden State Warriors. The Timberwolves earned 28 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 39 for the contest. They blocked 7 shots while getting 12 steals in this matchup. The Warriors were called for 28 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 33 attempts. They were able to knock down 23 of those for a percentage of 69.7%. Concerning shooting from 3-point land, Minnesota converted 14 of their 36 attempts (38.9%). At the conclusion of this game, the Timberwolves finished the game shooting 37 for 87 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.5%. The Timberwolves allowed the Warriors to make 45 out of their 85 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 52.9% for the contest. They finished 44.1% from downtown by shooting 15 of 34 and finished the contest at 18 of 23 from the free throw line (78.3%). When talking about cleaning up the glass, Minnesota allowed Golden State to grab 46 in all (11 offensive).
Malik Beasley pitched in for the Timberwolves for the matchup. He buried 7 of 18 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 38.9%, which earned him 25 points. Beasley snagged 5 boards in his 30:28 mins of playing time and totaled 2 assists in the game. Someone else that was important for Minnesota was Anthony Edwards. He was able to score 25 points in his 32:23 minutes played by going 9 out of 19 shooting for the matchup. Edwards ended up shooting 47.4% from the field as well as collecting 2 assists and 4 total rebounds.
Minnesota has a record of 4-13 on the season. Minnesota has totaled 1,825 points so far this year (107.4 per contest) and they pull in 44.4 boards per game. The Timberwolves are committing 21.2 personal fouls every game and they hit 75.7% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Timberwolves are shooting 43.5% from the field, which ranks them 28th in basketball. They are getting an assist 24.2 times per contest (18th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.1 times per contest. The Timberwolves on defense are ranked 27th in the league in PPG surrendered with 117.1. They are able to force 15.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 47.8% from the floor (26th in the league). The Minnesota defense allows 38.1% on shots from distance (212 of 557) and their opponents are knocking down 76.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 26.6 dimes and 46.5 boards every game, which has them ranked 27th and 23rd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-7.5)
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