Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 4/29/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Friday, April 29, 2022
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (-2)
The Minnesota Timberwolves host the Memphis Grizzlies at Target Center on Friday in Game 6 of their series. The Grizzlies lead 3-2. Minnesota opens this contest as 2-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 228.5.
The Grizzlies notched a win by a score of 111-109 in Game 5. Memphis wrapped up the game with a 41.5% FG percentage (39 of 94) and converted 7 of 28 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Grizzlies made 26 of their 39 tries for a rate of 66.7%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 53 with 18 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 24 assists for the matchup in addition to forcing 7 turnovers and earning 10 steals. When it comes to defense, Memphis let their opponent shoot 44.6% from the floor on 37 out of 83 shooting. Minnesota recorded 42 dimes and had 23 steals in the game. On top of that, Minnesota pulled down 36 boards (6 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 7 blocks. Minnesota went 87.5% when shooting free throws by knocking down 21 of their 24 tries. They also buried 14 of their 33 tries from 3-point range. In the matter of fouls, the Grizzlies ended up walking away with 19 and the Timberwolves recorded 22 fouls.
Ja Morant is someone who was important in the game. Morant went 40.9% from the floor and also earned 9 dimes. He saw the court for 45 minutes played and also totaled 13 rebounds. He accounted for 30 points on 9 of 22 shooting.
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Memphis comes into this matchup with a record of 56-26 on the campaign. They turn it over 13.2 times per contest and as a team they commit 19.8 fouls every game. As a team, Memphis is pulling in 49.2 rebounds per game and is sitting with 2,131 dimes so far this season, which is 6th in basketball in terms of passing. The Grizzlies are connecting on 35.3% on shots from distance (945 of 2,679) and 73.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 115.6 points per contest (2nd in the NBA) while shooting 46.1% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Grizzlies have forced 15.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.8 fouls. They rank 16th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 2,047 surrendered on the campaign. The Grizzlies defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.5% (3,305 of 7,269) and they concede 43.0 rebounds per game as a team. They are giving up 34.9% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 12th in the NBA in points per game allowed (109.9).
In terms of Game 5 rebounding, Minnesota permitted Memphis to grab 35 overall (18 on the offensive side). They finished 25.0% from distance by shooting 7 of 28 and ended up going 26 of 39 at the free throw line (66.7%). The Timberwolves allowed the Grizzlies to make 39 of 94 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 41.5% for the contest. Overall, the Timberwolves finished 37 for 83 from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.6%. In relation to shots from beyond the perimeter, Minnesota made 14 of their 33 tries (42.4%). They were able to knock down 21 of them for a rate of 87.5%. The Grizzlies were called for 16 fouls for the matchup which took the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 24 attempts. They also gave up possession 22 times, while getting 9 steals for the matchup. The Timberwolves were able to collect 36 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards totaling 42 for this contest.
Karl-Anthony Towns ended up having an impact for the Timberwolves in this matchup. Towns racked up 28 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood and added 1 assist for the contest. He made 7 of 15 for this game for a rate of 46.7%, and totaled 12 rebounds.
Minnesota has a win-loss record of 46-36 so far this year. The Timberwolves commit 21.8 fouls per contest and they connect on 77.8% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 25.7 times per game (7th in the league) and they turn the ball over 14.3 times per contest. Minnesota has earned 9,507 points so far this year (115.9 per game) and they collect 44.2 boards per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Timberwolves are shooting 45.7% from the field, which ranks them 22nd in the league.
The Timberwolves on the defensive end are ranked 24th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 113.3. They are able to force 16.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 46.0% from the field (16th in the NBA). The Minnesota defense allows 35.0% on 3-point shots (1,071 of 3,062) and their opponents are converting on 78.0% of their foul shots. They surrender 26.2 assists and 45.9 total boards per game, which ranks them 27th and 23rd in the NBA.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota (+2) and under 228.5 points
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