Phoenix Suns vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 2/28/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-9)
The Phoenix Suns (21-11) are headed to Target Center on Sunday where they'll meet the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-26). The spread on this game has Phoenix as 9-point favorites. The over/under opens at 226.
The Phoenix Suns faced the Chicago Bulls and earned the victory with a final of 106-97 in their last game. Phoenix finished the contest with a 50.0% FG percentage (44 out of 88) and converted 6 out of their 22 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Suns knocked down 12 of their 15 shots for a percentage of 80.0%. Concerning pulling down boards, they earned 30 with 3 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 35 dimes in the matchup as well as forcing 17 turnovers and earning 11 steals. Pertaining to defending, Phoenix let their opponent shoot 49.4% from the field on 39 out of 79 shooting. Chicago distributed 25 assists and had 2 steals in the game. Additionally, Chicago snagged 42 boards (7 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Chicago finished the game shooting 70.0% at the free throw line by converting 7 of 10 attempts. They made 12 out of their 31 tries from beyond the arc.
Devin Booker is a guy who played a role for the contest. He ended up walking away with 22 points on 9 out of 24 shooting. He was on the court for 35:00 mins and also pulled down 2 boards. Booker finished the game shooting 37.5% from the field and earned 5 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in the game for the Suns was Deandre Ayton. He collected 7 rebounds in 33:25 minutes played on the night. He shot 58.8% from the field in this contest by connecting on 10-of-17 (22 points). When all was said and done, Ayton earned 1 assist.
Phoenix will enter this game with a mark of 21-11 for the season. The Suns are hitting 37.8% on 3-point shots (432 of 1,144) and 82.8% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 113.2 points per game (14th in the league) while hitting 48.3% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.8 times per game and as a unit are committing 19.8 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Phoenix is pulling down 43.3 boards per contest and has accounted for 861 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 4th in basketball in terms of passing. Defensively, the Suns are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.0 personal fouls. They are giving up 34.7% on 3-point attempts and they rank 4th in basketball in points per game allowed (107.7). The Suns defensively are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 46.0% (416 of 577) and they concede 43.7 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 2nd in the league in allowing assists with 705 relinquished on the year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Minnesota Timberwolves took a loss by a score of 133-126 against the Chicago Bulls. The Timberwolves were able to snag 28 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 41 for the matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 17 times, while earning 11 steals in the matchup. The Bulls earned 15 personal fouls for this game which took the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for a total of 21 attempts. They were able to knock down 20 of those for a percentage of 95.2%. In regard to shooting from beyond the arc, Minnesota buried 12 of 38 tries (31.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Timberwolves shot 47 for 104 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.2%. The Timberwolves allowed the Bulls to bury 55 of their 93 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 59.1% for this game. They finished 40.0% from distance by going 10 of 25 and finished the contest at 13 of 16 at the free throw line (81.3%). Concerning rebounds, Minnesota permitted Chicago to snag 43 in all (7 offensive).
Malik Beasley pitched in for the Timberwolves for the game. He converted 9 out of 20 in this matchup giving him a rate of 45.0%, and had 2 rebounds. Beasley racked up 25 points in his 37:04 minutes of playing time and added 1 assist in the game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Minnesota was Karl-Anthony Towns. He finished with 5 dimes in his 31:00 minutes played, and he put in 10 of 20 from the floor. Towns finished going 50.0% from the field and also collecting 24 points and 8 rebounds.
Minnesota has a win-loss mark of 7-26 so far this season. The Timberwolves are committing 21.7 fouls every game and they hit 76.3% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 25.4 times per contest (12th in the NBA) and they are giving up possession 14.4 times per contest. Minnesota has scored 3,572 points on the season (108.2 per contest) and they snag 43.0 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the Timberwolves are shooting 43.8% from the field, which is 29th in the league. The Timberwolves defensively are ranked 27th in the league in points given up per game with 116.1. They are forcing their opponents into 15.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.8% from the floor (27th in the NBA). The Minnesota defense concedes 37.9% on 3-pointers (382 of 1,007) and their opposition makes 79.1% of their free throw shots. They give up 25.5 dimes and 47.0 boards per contest, which is ranked 22nd and 25th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota (+9) and under 226 points
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