Minnesota Timberwolves vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 12/9/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Utah Jazz
Date: Friday, December 9, 2022
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest-Rocky Mountain
Vivint Arena is where the Utah Jazz will attempt to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.
The Timberwolves faced the Pacers and walked away with a win by a score of 121-115 in their last game. Regarding personal fouls, the Timberwolves walked away with 21 while the Pacers accumulated 17 personal fouls. They converted 19 of 42 shots from 3-point land. Indiana ended up shooting 75.0% when shooting free throws by burying 18 of their 24 attempts. Moreover, Indiana collected 31 boards (4 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Indiana dished out 22 dimes and had 10 steals for the game. In relation to defending, Minnesota let their opponent shoot 48.1% from the field on 39 out of 81 shooting. They also distributed 25 assists for the game in addition to forcing 19 turnovers and earning 15 steals. In the matter of grabbing boards, they earned 51 with 16 of them being of the offensive variety. From the free throw line, the Timberwolves buried 25 of their 27 attempts for a rate of 92.6%. Minnesota finished the contest with a 47.3% field goal percentage (44 of 93) and made 8 of their 23 3-pointers.
Anthony Edwards is one guy who was a contributor in this matchup. Edwards went 44.4% from the field and also recorded 8 assists. He played 35 mins played and pulled down 8 rebounds. He finished with 26 points on 8 out of 18 shooting.
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Minnesota comes into this one with a win-loss record of 12-12 so far this year. They average 115.2 pts per game (8th in basketball) while going 48.2% from the field. The Timberwolves are hitting 32.7% on 3-pointers (263 of 805) and 79.8% from the free throw line. As a team, Minnesota is pulling down 43.5 rebounds per game and has accounted for 634 assists for the year, which has them ranked 11th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 16.9 times per contest and as a team are committing 22.2 fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Timberwolves are forcing 16.0 turnovers per game and they draw 20.8 fouls. They are giving up 37.7% on three-point shots and they are 24th in basketball in PPG allowed (116.1). The Timberwolves are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 45.8% (998 of 2,178) and they surrender 44.3 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They rank 19th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 643 surrendered on the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Jazz went home victorious with a score of 124-123 when they played the Warriors. In reference to rebounding, Utah permitted Golden State to pull down 42 in total (14 offensive). They went 33.3% from behind the 3-point line via 14 of 42 and walked away from this one shooting 19 out of 25 from the free throw line (76.0%). The Jazz permitted the Warriors to bury 45 of 98 tries from the floor which had them shooting 45.9% for the matchup. When the final whistle blew, the Jazz went 46 out of 86 from the floor which gave them a rate of 53.5%. In relation to shooting from 3-point land, Utah buried 15 of their 35 tries (42.9%). They were able to convert 17 of those for a rate of 81.0%. The Warriors were called for 18 fouls in this matchup which got the Jazz to the charity stripe for a total of 21 tries. They also coughed up the ball 17 times, while getting 6 steals in this matchup. The Jazz were able to pull down 31 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 in this contest.
Jordan Clarkson ended up being a major contributor for the Jazz for the matchup. Clarkson scored 22 points in his 37 mins on the court and had 9 dimes in this contest. He made 9 out of 20 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 45.0%, and totaled 4 rebounds.
Utah has a record of 15-12 for the season. As an offensive unit, the Jazz are hitting on 47.9% from the field, which is 8th in the league. Utah has tallied 3,183 points on the year (117.9 per game) and they average 44.0 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 27.0 times per game (8th in the league) and they are turning it over 16.0 times per game. The Jazz commit 21.4 fouls per game and they connect on 78.0% from the free throw line.
The Jazz are ranked 22nd in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 115.8. They are forcing 14.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.2% from the floor (19th in the league). The Utah defense concedes 33.9% on 3-point shots (280 of 827) and opponents are connecting on 78.9% of their foul shots. They surrender 22.6 dimes and 43.9 total rebounds per game, which is 3rd and 18th in basketball.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota
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