Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 10/21/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Friday, October 21, 2022
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Target Center is the location where the Minnesota Timberwolves will take on the Utah Jazz on Friday.
The Jazz played the Nuggets and went home with a win by a final score of 123-102 in their last game. In the matter of fouls, the Jazz left the arena with 21 and the Nuggets recorded 23 fouls. They also made 5 out of their 22 shots from beyond the arc. Denver shot 94.4% when shooting free throws by knocking down 17 of their 18 shots. In addition, Denver collected 35 rebounds (10 offensive, 25 defensive) and earned 1 block. Denver dished out 21 dimes and had 10 steals in the matchup. In the matter of defending, Utah allowed 48.2% from the floor on 40 of 83 shooting. They also dished out 27 assists in this game in addition to forcing the other team into 21 turnovers and getting 10 steals. In reference to hauling in rebounds, they earned 43 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. From the charity stripe, the Jazz converted 23 of their 31 attempts for a rate of 74.2%. Utah ended the game with a 50.6% field goal percentage (42 out of 83) and converted 16 out of their 38 shots from beyond the arc.
Lauri Markkanen is a guy who was a factor in this matchup. He racked up 17 points on 6 out of 12 shooting. He played for 33 mins played and also grabbed 4 rebounds. Markkanen shot 50.0% from the floor and also totaled 4 assists.
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Utah heads into this contest after finishing with a record of 49-33 last year. They averaged 113.6 points per game (7th in basketball) while shooting 47.1% from the floor. The Jazz shot 36.0% on shots from 3-point land (1,192 of 3,308) and 76.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Utah pulled down 46.3 boards per game and earned 1,836 assists last year, which had them ranked 27th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They gave up possession 14.0 times per game and as a basketball team committed 18.9 fouls every game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Jazz were able to force their opponents into 12.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.3 fouls. They were ranked 5th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,917 conceded last year. The Jazz defensively allowed a FG percentage of 45.3% (3,314 of 7,318) and they conceded 41.6 rebounds per game as a team. They gave up 35.0% on three-point shots and they were 10th in the league in PPG allowed (107.6).
When they last stepped on the court, the Timberwolves walked away with a victory by a final of 115-108 against the Thunder. The Timberwolves were able to pull down 41 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds totaling 55 for the game. They also gave up possession 14 times, while earning 6 steals in this game. The Thunder committed 26 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Timberwolves to the free throw line for 33 shots. They were able to bury 27 of the free throw tries for a clip of 81.8%. In the matter of shots from beyond the perimeter, Minnesota buried 10 out of 38 tries (26.3%). Overall, the Timberwolves finished shooting 39 out of 94 from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.5%. The Timberwolves permitted the Thunder to knock down 38 out of their 99 tries from the field which had them shooting 38.4% for the contest. They went 31.1% from 3-point land by connecting on 14 of 45 and walked away from this one shooting 18 out of 22 at the free throw line (81.8%). In the matter of rebounding, Minnesota permitted Oklahoma City to grab 57 in total (16 offensive).
Rudy Gobert was important for the Timberwolves in this contest. He converted 10 of 15 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 66.7%, and accounted for 16 rebounds. Gobert tallied 23 points in his 34 mins of playing time and had 2 dimes for the contest.
Minnesota had a win-loss record of 46-36 last year. As an offense, the Timberwolves hit 45.7% from the field, which was ranked 22nd in the NBA. Minnesota accumulated 9,507 pts last season (115.9 per game) and they grabbed 44.2 rebounds per contest. They dished out assists 25.7 times per contest (7th in the league) and they coughed up possession 14.3 times per contest. The Timberwolves were responsible for committing 21.8 personal fouls every game and they shot 77.8% from the free throw line.
The Timberwolves on defense were ranked 24th in the league in PPG given up with 113.3. They forced their opponents into 16.3 TO's per game and allowed teams to shoot 46.0% from the floor (16th in basketball). The Minnesota defense allowed 35.0% on 3-pointers (1,071 of 3,062) and their opponents made 78.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They gave up 26.2 dimes and 45.9 boards per game, which ranked them 27th and 23rd in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah
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