Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 4/21/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (-2)
The Minnesota Timberwolves (46-36) host the Memphis Grizzlies (56-26) at Target Center on Thursday. Memphis is -2-point favorites from oddsmakers. The over/under comes in at 238.5.
The Grizzlies took the court against the Timberwolves and took home the win by a score of 124-96 in their last game. When talking about personal fouls, the Grizzlies finished with 22 while the Timberwolves totaled 19 personal fouls. They also knocked down 11 of 38 shots from downtown. Minnesota ended up going 89.3% from the charity stripe by burying 25 of 28 shots. Additionally, Minnesota pulled down 36 rebounds (4 offensive, 32 defensive) and earned 1 block. Minnesota doled out 40 assists and had 16 steals for the contest. In terms of defense, Memphis allowed 39.5% from the floor on 30 of 76 shooting. They also dished out 29 assists in this contest as well as forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and having 9 steals. Regarding hauling in boards, they collected a total of 48 with 14 of them being of the offensive variety. From the free throw line, the Grizzlies converted 25 of their 32 tries for a rate of 78.1%. Memphis wrapped up the contest having earned a 47.8% field goal percentage (44 of 92) and converted 11 out of their 34 shots from 3-point land.
Ja Morant is one guy who was a contributor in this matchup. Morant finished shooting 56.3% from the floor and also totaled 10 assists. He was on the court for 30 minutes and collected 9 rebounds. He scored 23 points on 9 out of 16 shooting.
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Memphis heads into this matchup with a record of 56-26 this season. They average 115.6 pts per contest (2nd in the NBA) while hitting 46.1% from the floor. The Grizzlies are shooting 35.3% on 3-point shots (945 of 2,679) and 73.4% from the free throw line. As a unit, Memphis is pulling in 49.2 boards per contest and is sitting with 2,131 dimes this season, which is 6th in the NBA in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.2 times per game and as a team are committing 19.8 fouls every game.
On defense, the Grizzlies are forcing 15.1 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.8 personal fouls. They are ranked 16th in the NBA in giving up assists with 2,047 conceded this year. The Grizzlies are allowing a field goal percentage of 45.5% (3,305 of 7,269) and they surrender 43.0 rebounds per contest as a unit. They surrender 34.9% from beyond the arc while they are 12th in basketball in PPG allowed (109.9).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Timberwolves went home defeated by a final of 124-96 when they played the Grizzlies. The Timberwolves collected 36 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards for a total of 40 for this game. They gave up possession of the ball 19 times, while earning 5 steals for the contest. The Grizzlies were called for 9 fouls in this matchup which took the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 28 tries. They were able to make 25 of the free throws for a percentage of 89.3%. Regarding 3-point attempts, Minnesota converted 11 of 38 tries (28.9%). When the game finished, the Timberwolves ended up shooting 30 out of 76 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.5%. The Timberwolves permitted the Grizzlies to knock down 44 out of their 92 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 47.8% in the game. They went 32.4% from three-point range by shooting 11 of 34 and finished the game at 25 of 32 from the charity stripe (78.1%). In the matter of how they attacked the glass, Minnesota permitted Memphis to pull down 34 overall (14 offensive).
Naz Reid ended up being a major contributor for the Timberwolves in the game. Reid tallied 12 points in his 20 minutes on the court, but wrapped up this contest with no dimes. He knocked down 2 out of 4 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and had 7 rebounds.
Minnesota has a record of 46-36 this season. The Timberwolves are committing 21.8 fouls per game and they shoot 77.8% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 25.7 times per contest (7th in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 14.3 times per game. Minnesota has accumulated 9,507 pts on the year (115.9 per game) and they grab 44.2 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Timberwolves are shooting 45.7% from the floor, which ranks them 22nd in the league.
The Minnesota defense concedes 35.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (1,071 of 3,062) and their opposition knocks down 78.0% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 26.2 dimes and 45.9 total rebounds per game, ranking them 27th and 23rd in the NBA. The Timberwolves defensively are ranked 24th in the league in points given up per game with 113.3. They are able to force 16.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.0% from the field (16th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Memphis (-2)
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