Portland Blazers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 3/13/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-4.5)
The Portland Blazers (21-15) head to Target Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Minnesota Timberwolves (8-29). Minnesota opens this matchup as 4.5-point underdogs. The total is set at 233.
The Portland Blazers took the court against the Phoenix Suns and took a loss by a score of 127-121 in their last contest. Portland wrapped up the game having earned a 45.7% FG percentage (43 out of 94) and converted 18 out of their 43 3-pointers. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Blazers knocked down 17 of their 19 shots for a percentage of 89.5%. Concerning hauling in rebounds, they collected 41 with 15 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 26 assists for the game as well as forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In relation to defense, Portland let their opponent shoot 59.0% from the floor on 49 of 83 shooting. Phoenix distributed 28 dimes and had 6 steals for this game. Furthermore, Phoenix pulled down 38 rebounds (5 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Phoenix ended up shooting 84.2% from the free throw line by burying 16 of 19 tries. They made 13 of 24 shots from downtown.
Damian Lillard is someone who was a major contributor for this contest. He ended up walking away with 30 points on 10 of 23 shooting. He was on the court for 37:24 mins played and also snagged 7 rebounds. Lillard finished the game at 43.5% from the field and distributed 8 dimes. Another guy that was a contributor in this matchup for the Blazers was Gary Trent Jr.. He had 2 rebounds in 35:21 min on the hardwood. He went 31.3% from the field in the game by shooting 5-of-16 (17 points). When the final whistle was blown, Trent had 2 assists.
Portland comes into this game with a record of 21-15 on the year. The Blazers are shooting 38.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (584 of 1,524) and 82.7% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 114.7 pts per contest (11th in basketball) while hitting 44.6% from the field. They are giving up possession 11.6 times per contest and as a group they are committing 19.3 fouls per game. As a unit, Portland is pulling in 44.2 rebounds per game and is sitting with 723 assists this season, which is 30th in basketball in terms of passing. Defensively, the Blazers are forcing their opponents into 12.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.3 personal fouls. They give up 37.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 24th in basketball in points per game allowed (115.3). The Blazers defensively are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 47.6% (455 of 660) and they concede 46.3 rebounds per game as a group. They currently rank 15th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 903 surrendered on the campaign.
For their last game, the Minnesota Timberwolves got the victory with a final of 135-105 against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Timberwolves were able to snag 31 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 for the matchup. They coughed up the ball 11 times, while getting 11 steals for this contest. The Pelicans had 18 fouls in the game which got the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to convert 14 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 87.5%. With regard to 3-pointers, Minnesota knocked down 19 out of 40 tries (47.5%). When the game finished, the Timberwolves shot 51 for 95 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 53.7%. The Timberwolves permitted the Pelicans to make 43 of 100 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.0% for the matchup. They went 18.8% from downtown by connecting on 6 out of 32 and ended up shooting 13 of 24 at the free throw line (54.2%). In regard to rebounding, Minnesota allowed New Orleans to snag 51 in all (19 on the offensive glass).
Anthony Edwards ended up being important for the Timberwolves for this game. He knocked down 10 out of 22 for the contest for a rate of 45.5%, and had 4 rebounds. Edwards earned 27 points in his 37:21 minutes of playing time and had 2 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy who came through for Minnesota was Karl-Anthony Towns. He ended up finishing with 1 assist in his 28:37 mins played, and he put in 7 out of 19 from the floor. Towns walked away from this one going 36.8% from the floor in addition to earning 16 points and 7 total rebounds.
Minnesota has a record of 8-29 so far this season. Minnesota has totaled 4,020 points so far this year (108.6 per game) and they grab 43.2 rebounds per game. The Timberwolves are committing 21.8 fouls every game and they shoot 76.6% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Timberwolves are shooting 43.8% from the floor, which is ranked 28th in the NBA. They are earning an assist 25.2 times per contest (13th in basketball) and they turn it over 14.6 times per game. The Timberwolves on defense are ranked 28th in basketball in PPG surrendered with 116.7. They are forcing their opponents into 15.3 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 47.7% from the field (26th in basketball). The Minnesota defense allows 37.3% on three-point shots (425 of 1,138) and their opponents are connecting on 78.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 25.9 dimes and 47.6 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 25th and 26th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota (+4.5)
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