Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, 11/10/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs
Date: Friday, November 10, 2023
Location: Frost Bank Center in San Antonio, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest-San Antonio
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (-3)
Frost Bank Center is the location where the San Antonio Spurs (3-5) will attempt to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves (5-2) on Friday. Minnesota opens this matchup as 3-point favorites. The total has been set at 228.
The Timberwolves took the court against the Pelicans and took home the win by a score of 122-101 in their last game. In reference to fouls, the Timberwolves finished with 23 while the Pelicans recorded 23 fouls. They also converted 8 of 28 shots from 3-point range. New Orleans finished the game shooting 95.5% from the free throw line by knocking down 21 of 22 attempts. On top of that, New Orleans grabbed 40 boards (11 offensive, 29 defensive) and got 7 blocked shots. New Orleans earned 23 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. In terms of defending, Minnesota allowed the other team to shoot 38.7% from the floor on 36 out of 93 shooting. They also doled out 30 dimes in this matchup as well as forcing the other team into 17 turnovers and earning 9 steals. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they collected 48 with 8 of them being offensive. From the charity stripe, the Timberwolves made 17 of 24 attempts for a percentage of 70.8%. Minnesota finished the contest having earned a 54.9% FG percentage (45 out of 82) and knocked down 15 of 37 three-point attempts.
Anthony Edwards is one player who was a factor for the game. Edwards walked away from this one shooting 29.6% from the field and earned 1 assist. He played for 38 minutes and totaled 14 boards. He notched 26 points on 8 of 27 shooting.
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Minnesota heads into this contest with a record of 5-2 on the season. They have an average of 111.7 points per contest (19th in the league) on 48.4% from the floor. The Timberwolves are shooting 37.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (81 of 217) and 74.3% from the free throw line. As a team, Minnesota is snagging 47.1 rebounds per game and has tallied 175 dimes for the campaign, which is 25th in the NBA in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 15.9 times per game and as a squad they are committing 19.3 fouls per game.
Defensively, the Timberwolves are able to force 15.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.0 fouls. They rank 3rd in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 165 surrendered on the campaign. The Timberwolves are giving up a FG percentage of 41.6% (264 of 635) and they surrender 41.7 boards per game as a team. They relinquish 31.3% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 1st in the league in points per game allowed (101.1).
In their last game, the Spurs took a defeat with a final score of 126-105 against the Knicks. The Spurs were able to snag 35 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 46 in this game. They also coughed up the ball 13 times, while recording 2 steals in this matchup. The Knicks committed 14 fouls for the contest which got the Spurs to the charity stripe for 13 attempts. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 61.5%. In reference to 3-pointers, San Antonio converted 9 of 34 attempts (26.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Spurs finished 44 for 90 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.9%. The Spurs permitted the Knicks to make 46 out of their 100 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 46.0% for the contest. They shot 45.2% from three-point range via 19 out of 42 and finished the contest at 15 of 22 from the free throw line (68.2%). Concerning rebounding, San Antonio allowed New York to get 47 in total (13 on the offensive glass).
Devin Vassell was important for the Spurs in this contest. Vassell accumulated 23 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 3 assists in the matchup. He made 9 out of 17 for this contest for a field goal rate of 52.9%, and had 5 rebounds.
San Antonio has a mark of 3-5 for the year. The Spurs are committing 19.9 fouls per game and they hit 75.5% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 29.4 times per game (3rd in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.3 times per game. San Antonio has totaled 907 pts for the campaign (113.4 per contest) and they average 41.4 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Spurs are hitting on 47.4% from the floor, which is ranked 11th in basketball.
The Spurs on the defensive end are ranked 29th in basketball in PPG given up with 125.9. They are able to force 14.1 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 50.5% from the floor (29th in basketball). The San Antonio defense allows 40.9% on three-point shots (131 of 320) and their opponents are making 70.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 28.4 dimes and 45.0 boards every game, which is 27th and 19th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take San Antonio (+3)
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