Toronto Raptors vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 2/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Friday, February 19, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-5)
Target Center is the site where and the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-22) will play the Toronto Raptors (13-15) on Friday. The spread on this matchup has Toronto as 5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 225.5.
The Toronto Raptors faced the Milwaukee Bucks and went home with a win by a final score of 124-113 in their last contest. Toronto finished the contest with a 50.5% FG percentage (46 out of 91) and converted 17 of their 43 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Raptors converted 15 of 21 tries for a rate of 71.4%. When talking about grabbing boards, they earned 44 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 25 assists for this game as well as earning 8 steals and 6 rejections. In regard to defense, Toronto allowed the other team to shoot 48.2% from the floor on 40 of 83 shooting. Milwaukee distributed 25 assists and had 10 steals in the game. In addition, the Bucks grabbed 41 rebounds (5 offensive, 36 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Milwaukee walked away from this one shooting 76.0% from the free throw line by converting 19 of 25 attempts. They also knocked down 14 out of their 37 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Fred VanVleet is one guy who was a major contributor for the contest. He walked away with 33 points on 12 out of 22 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38:49 mins played and totaled 4 boards. VanVleet ended up shooting 54.5% from the floor and also totaled 7 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in this contest for the Raptors was Pascal Siakam. He had 13 rebounds and collected 6 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 34.8% from the floor in this game by going 8-of-23 (23 points). When the final whistle was blown, Siakam played for 38:46 minutes.
Toronto heads into this game with a win-loss mark of 13-15 for the year. The Raptors are hitting 38.6% on three-point attempts (439 of 1,136) and 82.0% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 114.3 pts per game (11th in the NBA) while connecting on 45.3% from the floor. They lose possession via turnover 13.9 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 22.1 fouls per contest. As a unit, Toronto is pulling down 42.1 boards per game and is sitting with 699 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 12th in the NBA in terms of passing. Defensively, the Raptors are able to force 16.9 turnovers every game while drawing 19.7 personal fouls. The Raptors are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 46.0% (473 of 551) and they concede 44.7 rebounds per game as a unit. They are currently ranked 25th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 746 surrendered so far this year. They concede 37.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 15th in the league in opponents points per game (112.1).
When they last played, the Minnesota Timberwolves took a defeat with a final score of 134-128 against the Indiana Pacers. The Timberwolves were able to snag 33 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 44 for this game. They also turned away 8 tries while recording 12 steals in this game. The Pacers earned 18 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for 25 shots. They were able to make 23 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 92.0%. In relation to shots from 3-point land, Minnesota made 15 out of 40 tries (37.5%). At the conclusion of this game, the Timberwolves went 45 out of 107 from the floor which had them at 42.1%. The Timberwolves allowed the Pacers to convert 49 out of 97 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.5% for the matchup. They finished 50.0% from downtown by going 13 of 26 and finished the game at 23 out of 27 from the charity stripe (85.2%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, Minnesota allowed Indiana to collect 51 in total (10 offensive).
Karl-Anthony Towns ended up having an impact for the Timberwolves for the contest. He converted 8 out of 19 for this game giving him a rate of 42.1%, which had him finishing with 30 points. Towns snagged 10 rebounds in his 37:29 minutes of playing time and accounted for 2 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy that was important for Minnesota was Ricky Rubio. He left the arena with 20 points in 35:16 mins played by way of 6 of 13 from the floor for the matchup. Rubio ended the game having shot 46.2% from the floor as well as collecting 13 assists and 3 total rebounds.
Minnesota has a win-loss mark of 7-22 for the campaign. As an offensive unit, the Timberwolves are connecting on 44.0% from the field, which is ranked 28th in the league. Minnesota has accounted for 3,154 points for the year (108.8 per game) and they grab 43.1 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 25.0 times per game (13th in basketball) and they are turning it over 14.1 times per game. The Timberwolves have committed 21.7 fouls per game and they connect on 75.1% from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are ranked 27th in the league in points per game surrendered with 116.2. They are able to force 15.2 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.8% from the field (26th in the NBA). The Minnesota defense surrenders 37.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (334 of 882) and opponents are knocking down 79.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 25.8 dimes and 46.8 boards per contest, which is ranked 24th and 25th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (-5)
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