San Antonio Spurs vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 1/10/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (-2)
Target Center is the venue where and the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-6) will take on the San Antonio Spurs (4-4) on Sunday. Minnesota opens this game as 2-point underdogs. The total has been set at 224.
The San Antonio Spurs took the court against the Los Angeles Lakers and notched a win by a score of 118-109 in their last contest. San Antonio ended the contest with a 46.7% field goal percentage (43 out of 92) and converted 16 of their 35 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Spurs knocked down 16 of their 17 attempts for a rate of 94.1%. When it comes to hauling in boards, they collected 40 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 28 dimes for the matchup in addition to getting 4 steals and 3 rejections. In relation to defense, San Antonio allowed their opponent to shoot 50.0% from the field on 43 of 86 shooting. Los Angeles dished out 21 assists and had 2 steals in this contest. In addition, the Lakers snagged 48 rebounds (9 offensive, 39 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Los Angeles finished 61.9% at the charity stripe by converting 13 of 21 tries. They converted 10 out of their 30 shots from distance.
LaMarcus Aldridge is a guy who was a major factor in the game. He was able to score 28 points on 11 of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 31:20 minutes and collected 5 rebounds. Aldridge finished shooting 61.1% from the floor and also earned 3 assists. Another guy that was a major contributor in the game for the Spurs was DeMar DeRozan. He grabbed 4 rebounds and also had 8 dimes. He finished the game shooting 38.5% from the field for this contest by connecting on 5-of-13 (19 points). When the final whistle blew, DeRozan played for 36:13 min.
San Antonio will play this game with a record of 4-4 on the year. They cough up possession 11.5 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.9 fouls every game. As a unit, San Antonio is snagging 45.1 boards per game and has accumulated 212 dimes on the season, which ranks 18th in the league in terms of passing. The Spurs are shooting 40.5% from downtown (100 of 247) and 78.1% from the charity stripe. They average 112.3 pts per game (15th in the NBA) while shooting 45.4% from the field. Defensively, the Spurs are forcing 13.4 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.6 fouls. The Spurs defense is giving up a FG percentage of 48.1% (107 of 157) and they surrender 49.9 boards per game as a team. They rank 12th in the league in giving up assists with 205 conceded so far this year. They give up 40.5% on 3-point attempts while they are 22nd in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (114.1).
The last time they took the court, the Minnesota Timberwolves took a defeat with a final score of 135-117 when they played the Portland Blazers. The Timberwolves corralled 33 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 48 for the game. They also blocked 4 shots while recording 11 steals for the game. The Blazers earned 23 personal fouls for the game which got the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 33 attempts. They were able to make 25 of those for a rate of 75.8%. With respect to three-point attempts, Minnesota converted 14 out of their 41 attempts (34.1%). Overall, the Timberwolves walked away from this one shooting 39 out of 93 from the field which had them shooting 41.9%. The Timberwolves permitted the Blazers to knock down 49 of their 90 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 54.4% for the matchup. They went 43.9% from 3-point land by connecting on 18 out of 41 and finished the game at 19 out of 23 from the charity stripe (82.6%). When it comes to rebounding, Minnesota allowed Portland to snag 44 in all (6 on the offensive glass).
D'Angelo Russell ended up having an impact for the Timberwolves in the matchup. He made 9 out of 16 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 56.3%, which earned him 26 points. Russell pulled down 3 rebounds in his 28:09 minutes of time on the court and had 3 assists for the game. One more player that was important for Minnesota was Anthony Edwards. He finished with 26 points in 31:13 mins on the hardwood via 9 out of 21 from the floor for the matchup. Edwards ended up shooting 42.9% from the field and also earning 2 assists and 4 rebounds.
Minnesota has a record of 2-6 on the year. The Timberwolves commit 21.5 fouls per game and they hit 74.1% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 23.4 times per contest (21st in the league) and they are turning it over 14.8 times per game. Minnesota has scored 870 points this year (108.8 per contest) and they average 43.0 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Timberwolves are hitting on 44.0% from the floor, which ranks 26th in the league. The Timberwolves on defense are ranked 29th in the league in points per game surrendered with 121.9. They have relinquished 28.0 dimes and 45.6 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 28th and 17th in the league. The Minnesota defense surrenders 38.7% from downtown (108 of 279) and opponents are making 75.7% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 16.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 50.6% from the field (30th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Antonio (-2)
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