Charlotte Hornets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 2/24/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Friday, February 24, 2023
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (+8)
Target Center is where the Minnesota Timberwolves will take on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday. Charlotte opens this matchup as 8-point dogs. The betting total comes in at 234.
The Hornets stepped onto the hardwood against the Spurs and took home the win by a score of 120-110 in their last game. Charlotte ended the contest having earned a 44.8% field goal percentage (43 of 96) and converted 14 of their 35 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Hornets converted 20 of their 29 attempts for a rate of 69.0%. With regard to rebounding, they compiled 58 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 26 dimes for the game while forcing 15 turnovers and earning 8 steals. Concerning defending, Charlotte allowed the other team to shoot 38.3% from the floor on 41 of 107 shooting. San Antonio distributed 24 dimes and had 7 steals for this contest. In addition, San Antonio snagged 58 boards (20 offensive, 38 defensive) and added 12 rejections. San Antonio went 75.0% at the charity stripe by converting 15 of 20 tries. They made 13 of 38 tries from beyond the perimeter. Regarding fouls, the Hornets ended up finishing with 17 and the Spurs recorded 24 fouls.
LaMelo Ball is one guy who played a role in this matchup. He recorded 28 points on 10 out of 26 shooting. He played 39 minutes and totaled 12 boards. Ball finished the game at 38.5% from the field and also earned 10 assists.
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Charlotte comes into this matchup with a record of 17-43 for the season. They cough up possession 13.8 times per contest and as a unit they commit 20.7 fouls every game. As a unit, Charlotte is collecting 44.9 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,515 assists so far this year, which ranks 12th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Hornets are connecting on 32.6% on three-point attempts (648 of 1,990) and 74.5% from the free throw line. They have an average of 112.5 points per outing (23rd in the league) while going 45.5% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Hornets are forcing 15.0 turnovers every game and they draw 20.6 fouls. They concede 36.8% from 3-point land while they are 28th in basketball in PPG allowed (118.9). The Hornets defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 48.0% (2,597 of 5,409) and they relinquish 46.7 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 30th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,598 surrendered for the campaign.
For their last game, the Timberwolves walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 114-106 when they played the Wizards. The Timberwolves corralled 37 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive rebounds for a total of 53 for the game. They gave up possession of the ball 18 times, while getting 8 steals in this game. The Wizards earned 14 fouls for the contest which got the Timberwolves to the free throw line for 22 shots. They were able to make 20 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 90.9%. With regard to three-point attempts, Minnesota knocked down 8 out of their 29 attempts (27.6%). At the conclusion of this game, the Timberwolves went 39 for 95 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.1%. The Timberwolves allowed the Wizards to make 43 of 95 tries from the field which had them sitting at 45.3% for this game. They shot 40.0% from behind the 3-point line by going 14 out of 35 and walked away from this one shooting 14 of 17 at the free throw line (82.4%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Minnesota allowed Washington to collect 49 in all (13 offensive).
Anthony Edwards ended up being a major contributor for the Timberwolves for this contest. Edwards tallied 34 points in his 37 mins of playing time and had 3 dimes for the game. He converted 11 out of 26 for the game giving him a rate of 42.3%, and added 5 rebounds.
Minnesota has a win-loss mark of 31-30 so far this season. The Timberwolves are responsible for committing 21.8 personal fouls per game while shooting 77.3% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 25.5 times per game (11th in the NBA) and they are giving up possession 15.7 times per game. Minnesota has 7,058 points so far this year (115.7 per contest) and they average 41.4 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Timberwolves are connecting on 49.2% from the field, which ranks them 4th in the league.
The Minnesota defense concedes 36.8% on 3-point shots (781 of 2,122) and opponents are knocking down 75.2% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 25.6 dimes and 44.4 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 15th and 24th in the league. The Timberwolves on the defensive side of the court are 19th in the NBA in points given up per game with 115.8. They are able to force 15.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 47.0% from the field (12th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Charlotte (+8)
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