San Antonio Spurs vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 1/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (-5.5)
The San Antonio Spurs (4-4) go to Target Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-6). The spread on this contest has San Antonio as 5.5-point favorites. The total opens at 232.5.
The San Antonio Spurs faced 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% FG percentage (43 of 92) and knocked down 16 of their 35 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Spurs converted 16 of their 17 shots for a percentage of 94.1%. In reference to rebounding, they compiled 40 with 6 of them being offensive. They also recorded 28 assists in this game in addition to getting 4 steals and 3 blocks. When it comes to defending, San Antonio allowed their opponent to shoot 50.0% from the field on 43 out of 86 shooting. Los Angeles doled out 21 assists and had 2 steals in the game. In addition, the Lakers pulled down 48 boards (9 offensive, 39 defensive) and added 4 rejections. Los Angeles finished 61.9% at the charity stripe by burying 13 of 21 shots. They converted 10 of 30 tries from beyond the arc.
LaMarcus Aldridge is a player who was a factor for this game. He notched 28 points on 11 out of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 31:20 minutes played and collected 5 boards. Aldridge ended up shooting 61.1% from the floor and dished out 3 dimes. One more player that came through in this contest for the Spurs was DeMar DeRozan. He grabbed 4 rebounds and earned 8 dimes. He shot 38.5% from the floor in this contest by going 5-of-13 (19 points). When all was said and done, DeRozan was on the hardwood for 36:13 min.
San Antonio steps onto the court with a win-loss mark of 4-4 for the season. The Spurs are shooting 40.5% on three-point attempts (100 of 247) and 78.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 112.3 pts per game (14th in the NBA) while hitting 45.4% from the field. They are turning it over 11.5 times per game and as a team are committing 17.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, San Antonio is pulling down 45.1 boards per contest and has 212 dimes this season, which has them ranked 12th in the league in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Spurs are able to force 13.4 turnovers per game while drawing 19.6 personal fouls. They surrender 40.5% on shots from distance and they are ranked 21st in the league in points per game allowed (114.1). The Spurs are allowing a field goal percentage of 48.1% (107 of 157) and they surrender 49.9 boards per game as a squad. They rank 17th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 205 conceded on the campaign.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Minnesota Timberwolves went home defeated by a final of 135-117 against the Portland Blazers. The Timberwolves earned 33 defensive boards and 15 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 for the matchup. They also turned away 4 tries while getting 11 steals for the matchup. The Blazers were called for 23 personal fouls in this contest which took the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for 33 attempts. They were able to convert 25 of the free throw tries for a clip of 75.8%. In reference to shots from 3-point land, Minnesota made 14 of their 41 tries (34.1%). When the game finished, the Timberwolves went 39 out of 93 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.9%. The Timberwolves permitted the Blazers to make 49 of 90 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 54.4% in this matchup. They went 43.9% from three-point range by going 18 of 41 and walked away from this one shooting 19 out of 23 from the charity stripe (82.6%). When it comes to attacking the glass, Minnesota permitted Portland to pull down 44 in total (6 offensive).
D'Angelo Russell ended up being a factor for the Timberwolves in the game. He buried 9 of 16 for the game for a field goal percentage of 56.3%, which had him finishing with 26 points. Russell collected 3 boards in his 28:09 minutes of playing time and accounted for 3 dimes for the game. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Minnesota was Anthony Edwards. He walked away with 26 points in 31:13 mins played by way of 9 out of 21 from the floor for the contest. Edwards walked away from this one going 42.9% from the floor while also contributing 2 dimes and 4 rebounds.
Minnesota has a win-loss mark of 2-6 on the year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Timberwolves are connecting on 44.0% from the field, which ranks 25th in the league. Minnesota has accounted for 870 points so far this season (108.8 per game) and they pull in 43.0 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 23.4 times per contest (20th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 14.8 times per game. The Timberwolves are responsible for committing 21.5 fouls per contest and they hit 74.1% from the charity stripe. The Timberwolves defensively are ranked 29th in the league in points per game surrendered with 121.9. They have given up 28.0 dimes and 45.6 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 28th and 19th in the league. The Minnesota defense concedes 38.7% on shots from beyond the arc (108 of 279) and their opponents are knocking down 75.7% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 16.0 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 50.6% from the floor (29th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota (+5.5)
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