Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 4/26/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+7)
The Minnesota Timberwolves are hitting the road to FedExForum on Tuesday where they will take on the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their series. The series is tied 2-2. Minnesota opens this game as 7-point dogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The total is set at 232.5.
The Timberwolves walked away with a win by a score of 119-118 in Game 4. When talking about personal fouls, the Timberwolves ended up with 23 and the Grizzlies totaled 17 personal fouls. They made 15 of 32 attempts from distance. Memphis ended up going 76.0% at the free throw line by making 19 of 25 shots. Moreover, Memphis snagged 33 rebounds (6 offensive, 27 defensive) and got 8 rejections. Memphis distributed 39 dimes and had 31 steals for the contest. With regard to defense, Minnesota allowed 48.8% from the floor on 42 of 86 shooting. They also recorded 23 assists in the matchup as well as forcing 4 turnovers and getting 7 steals. In reference to grabbing boards, they collected 34 with 6 of them being offensive. From the charity stripe, the Timberwolves knocked down 31 of 40 tries for a percentage of 77.5%. Minnesota ended the game with a 47.3% field goal percentage (35 out of 74) and converted 18 of their 36 three-point shots.
Karl-Anthony Towns is someone who was a major factor for the game. Towns ended up shooting 47.1% from the floor and totaled 3 assists. He was on the court for 42 mins and snagged 14 boards. He totaled 33 points on 8 out of 17 shooting.
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Minnesota comes into this contest with a mark of 46-36 this year. They are averaging 115.9 pts per contest (1st in the league) while hitting 45.7% from the floor. The Timberwolves are connecting on 35.8% on shots from 3-point land (1,211 of 3,386) and 77.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, Minnesota is pulling down 44.2 boards per game and has racked up 2,106 assists on the campaign, which is 7th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 14.3 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 21.8 personal fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Timberwolves have forced 16.3 turnovers per game and they draw 20.9 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 27th in basketball in giving up assists with 2,149 relinquished this year. The Timberwolves defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 46.0% (3,298 of 7,163) and they surrender 45.9 boards per game as a squad. They are giving up 35.0% on three-point shots and they rank 24th in the league in PPG from their opponents (113.3).
In Game 4 the Grizzlies collected 33 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 for this game. They turned it over 17 times, while getting 9 steals for the game. The Timberwolves committed 15 personal fouls in this contest which got the Grizzlies to the free throw line for 25 shots. They were able to convert 19 of them for a percentage of 76.0%. In reference to shots from 3-point land, Memphis knocked down 15 of their 32 attempts (46.9%). When this game wrapped up, the Grizzlies ended up going 42 out of 86 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 48.8%. The Grizzlies permitted the Timberwolves to knock down 35 of 74 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.3% for the game. They went 50.0% from 3-point land by going 18 of 36 and walked away from this one shooting 31 out of 40 from the free throw line (77.5%). Concerning how they rebounded, Memphis permitted Minnesota to collect 28 overall (6 offensive).
Desmond Bane was important for the Grizzlies for the matchup. Bane tallied 34 points in his 35 mins of playing time and tallied 4 dimes in the matchup. He buried 11 out of 18 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 61.1%, and accounted for 2 rebounds.
Memphis has a record of 56-26 on the season. As an offensive team, the Grizzlies are shooting 46.1% from the floor, which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Memphis has scored 9,480 pts for the season (115.6 per game) and they collect 49.2 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 26.0 times per game (6th in the NBA) and they turn it over 13.2 times per contest. The Grizzlies commit 19.8 fouls every game and they connect on 73.4% from the free throw line.
The Memphis defense gives up 34.9% on three-point shots (987 of 2,828) and opponents are converting on 77.1% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 25.0 dimes and 43.0 rebounds every game, ranking them 16th and 7th in the league. The Grizzlies on the defensive side of the court are 12th in the league in points given up per game with 109.9. They are forcing their opponents into 15.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.5% from the floor (10th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Memphis (-7)
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