Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 4/23/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (-3)
The Memphis Grizzlies (56-26) are on their way to Target Center on Saturday where they will meet the Minnesota Timberwolves (46-36) in Game 4 of their series. Memphis leads the series 2-1. Minnesota opens this matchup as -3-point dogs from oddsmakers. The over/under comes in at 233.5.
The Grizzlies went home with a win by a final score of 104-95 in Game 3. Memphis ended the contest having earned a 42.2% FG percentage (35 of 83) and buried 14 of 37 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Grizzlies buried 20 of 31 attempts for a percentage of 64.5%. In the matter of hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 48 with 13 of them being offensive. They also dished out 22 assists for the matchup as well as forcing 11 turnovers and having 7 steals. When talking about defending, Memphis allowed their opponent to shoot 38.8% from the floor on 33 out of 85 shooting. Minnesota doled out 41 assists and had 21 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Minnesota had 32 boards (9 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 9 rejections. Minnesota finished the contest at 73.9% at the free throw line by burying 17 of their 23 shots. They also converted 12 of 35 shots from distance. In reference to personal fouls, the Grizzlies ended up walking away with 20 and the Timberwolves recorded 16 personal fouls.
Brandon Clarke is a player who was a major factor in the matchup. Clarke shot 66.7% from the field but had no assists when the game ended. He played 29 mins and also snagged 8 boards. He totaled 20 points on 6 out of 9 shooting.
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Memphis enters this one with a record of 56-26 for the campaign. They are turning it over 13.2 times per contest and as a team they commit 19.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Memphis is snagging 49.2 boards per game and has accounted for 2,131 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 6th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Grizzlies are hitting 35.3% from downtown (945 of 2,679) and 73.4% from the free throw line. They average 115.6 points per outing (2nd in the NBA) while hitting 46.1% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Grizzlies are forcing their opponents into 15.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.8 fouls. They give up 34.9% on three-point shots and they are 12th in the NBA in PPG allowed (109.9). The Grizzlies are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.5% (3,305 of 7,269) and they concede 43.0 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 16th in the league in giving up assists with 2,047 surrendered on the year.
In their Game 3 loss, Minnesota permitted Memphis to collect 35 in all (13 offensive). They went 37.8% from distance by shooting 14 out of 37 and finished the contest at 20 of 31 from the free throw line (64.5%). The Timberwolves allowed the Grizzlies to bury 35 of their 83 tries from the field which had them shooting 42.2% in this game. Overall, the Timberwolves shot 33 out of 85 from the floor which gave them a rate of 38.8%. With regard to shooting from downtown, Minnesota made 12 of 35 tries (34.3%). They were able to make 17 of them for a percentage of 73.9%. The Grizzlies committed 18 fouls for the contest which got the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for a total of 23 attempts. They coughed up the ball 16 times, while earning 11 steals for the matchup. The Timberwolves corralled 32 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 41 in the game.
D'Angelo Russell pitched in for the Timberwolves in the game. Russell racked up 22 points in his 39 minutes of playing time and had 8 assists in the game. He buried 9 out of 21 in this matchup giving him a rate of 42.9%, and tallied 5 rebounds.
Minnesota has a record of 46-36 on the campaign. The Timberwolves are responsible for committing 21.8 personal fouls per contest while shooting 77.8% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 25.7 times per game (7th in the league) and they cough up possession 14.3 times per game. Minnesota has accumulated 9,507 points on the year (115.9 per contest) and they average 44.2 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the Timberwolves are connecting on 45.7% from the field, which is ranked 22nd in basketball.
The Minnesota defense gives up 35.0% on 3-point attempts (1,071 of 3,062) and their opposition knocks down 78.0% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 26.2 dimes and 45.9 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 27th and 23rd in the NBA. The Timberwolves are ranked 24th in basketball in PPG given up with 113.3. They are able to force 16.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.0% from the floor (16th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Memphis (-3)
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