Portland Blazers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 3/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-5)
The Minnesota Timberwolves (8-29) play the Portland Blazers (21-15) at Target Center on Sunday. The odds on this game have Portland as 5-point favorites. The total is set at 234.
The Portland Blazers faced off with the Phoenix Suns and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 127-121 in their last contest. Portland finished having earned a 45.7% field goal percentage (43 out of 94) and made 18 of their 43 three-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Blazers knocked down 17 of 19 shots for a percentage of 89.5%. Concerning hauling in rebounds, they earned 41 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 26 dimes for the contest as well as creating 13 turnovers and getting 8 steals. Concerning defense, Portland allowed their opponent to shoot 59.0% from the floor on 49 of 83 shooting. Phoenix distributed 28 dimes and had 6 steals for the matchup. Additionally, Phoenix snagged 38 boards (5 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Phoenix ended up going 84.2% when shooting free throws by knocking down 16 of 19 tries. They knocked down 13 out of their 24 shots from distance.
Damian Lillard is one guy who was a contributor for this game. He walked away with 30 points on 10 out of 23 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37:24 minutes and also totaled 7 rebounds. Lillard walked away from this one shooting 43.5% from the field and also distributed 8 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in this contest for the Blazers was Gary Trent Jr.. He collected 2 rebounds in his 35:21 min on the hardwood. He went 31.3% from the floor for the game by going 5-of-16 (17 points). When the final whistle was blown, Trent had 2 assists.
Portland steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 21-15 so far this 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 game (9th in basketball) while connecting on 44.6% from the field. They turn it over 11.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 19.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Portland is pulling down 44.2 boards per game and has accumulated 723 dimes so far this year, which is 30th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end of the court, the Blazers are forcing 12.6 turnovers per game while drawing 18.3 personal fouls. The Blazers defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 47.6% (455 of 660) and they concede 46.3 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They rank 13th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 903 relinquished this season. They concede 37.3% from beyond the arc while they are 25th in the league in opponents PPG (115.3).
In their last game, the Minnesota Timberwolves walked away with a victory by a final of 135-105 when they faced the New Orleans Pelicans. The Timberwolves corralled 31 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 for the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while recording 11 steals for the game. The Pelicans were called for 18 fouls in this contest which took the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 16 shots. They were able to make 14 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 87.5%. Regarding shooting from beyond the arc, Minnesota made 19 out of 40 attempts (47.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the Timberwolves ended up going 51 out of 95 from the field which gave them a percentage of 53.7%. The Timberwolves permitted the Pelicans to knock down 43 out of their 100 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 43.0% in this matchup. They went 18.8% from beyond the perimeter by going 6 out of 32 and ended up shooting 13 out of 24 at the free throw line (54.2%). In relation to cleaning the glass, Minnesota permitted New Orleans to pull down 51 in all (19 offensive).
Anthony Edwards pitched in for the Timberwolves for this game. He knocked down 10 out of 22 for the game for a field goal percentage of 45.5%, and accounted for 4 rebounds. Edwards accumulated 27 points in his 37:21 minutes on the court and accumulated 2 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Minnesota was Karl-Anthony Towns. He finished this one with 1 assist in 28:37 mins played, and he converted 7 of 19 from the floor. Towns walked away from this one going 36.8% from the floor while earning 16 points and 7 boards.
Minnesota has a mark of 8-29 for the season. The Timberwolves commit 21.8 fouls per contest and they go 76.6% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 25.2 times per contest (13th in basketball) and they turn it over 14.6 times per contest. Minnesota has tallied 4,020 pts this year (108.6 per contest) and they collect 43.2 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Timberwolves are hitting on 43.8% from the floor, which ranks 28th in the NBA. The Timberwolves on defense are ranked 28th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 116.7. They allow 25.9 assists and 47.6 total boards per game, which is ranked 25th and 26th in basketball. The Minnesota defense surrenders 37.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (425 of 1,138) and opponents are knocking down 78.8% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 15.3 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.7% from the floor (27th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Portland (-5)
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