Minnesota Timberwolves vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 2/8/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Utah Jazz
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest-Rocky Mountain
Vivint Arena is the site where the Utah Jazz will attempt to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.
The Timberwolves faced off with the Nuggets and notched a win by a score of 128-98 in their last contest. Concerning fouls, the Timberwolves walked away with 23 and the Nuggets had 23 fouls. They converted 6 out of their 25 attempts from 3-point range. Denver ended up going 77.4% from the free throw line by making 24 of their 31 attempts. In addition, Denver collected 37 rebounds (3 offensive, 34 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Denver earned 19 assists and had 6 steals in this matchup. In relation to defending, Minnesota allowed the other team to go 47.9% from the floor on 34 of 71 shooting. They also dished out 33 assists in this game while forcing 21 turnovers and getting 7 steals. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 34 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Timberwolves made 22 of 30 shots for a percentage of 73.3%. Minnesota walked away from the game having earned a 55.2% field goal percentage (48 of 87) and made 10 of their 27 3-pointers.
Anthony Edwards is a guy who was a factor for this contest. He scored 20 points on 8 of 17 shooting. He played for 31 minutes and also snagged 4 boards. Edwards walked away from this one shooting 47.1% from the field and totaled 3 assists.
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Minnesota enters this game with a record of 29-27 for the season. They are turning it over 15.8 times per game and as a team they commit 22.1 fouls every game. As a unit, Minnesota is snagging 41.3 boards per game and has accumulated 1,420 dimes on the year, which is 8th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Timberwolves are shooting 35.4% on shots from distance (662 of 1,869) and 76.9% from the charity stripe. They average 115.5 pts per game (11th in the league) while going 49.1% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Timberwolves are able to force 16.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.3 fouls. They are giving up 36.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 19th in the league in PPG allowed (114.9). The Timberwolves defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 46.6% (2,307 of 4,947) and they concede 44.5 boards per contest as a group. They are ranked 26th in the league in giving up assists with 1,415 surrendered on the season.
When they last played, the Jazz took a loss by a score of 124-111 against the Mavericks. In relation to how they rebounded, Utah allowed Dallas to collect 49 overall (17 offensive). They wrapped up this game 38.5% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 15 of 39 and finished the game at 27 out of 31 from the free throw line (87.1%). The Jazz permitted the Mavericks to make 41 out of 88 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 46.6% in this matchup. When the game finished, the Jazz ended up going 41 for 87 from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.1%. Pertaining to shooting from beyond the arc, Utah buried 6 out of 31 tries (19.4%). They were able to convert 23 of the free throw tries for a rate of 88.5%. The Mavericks committed 25 fouls for the game which got the Jazz to the free throw line for a total of 26 tries. They also coughed it up 13 times, while getting 4 steals for the matchup. The Jazz were able to snag 27 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 37 in this contest.
Jordan Clarkson ended up being a major contributor for the Jazz in the matchup. He made 7 of 19 for the matchup giving him a rate of 36.8%, and earned 4 rebounds. Clarkson had 26 points in his 32 minutes on the hardwood and had 2 dimes for the game.
Utah has a record of 27-28 for the year. As an offense, the Jazz are shooting 47.4% from the floor, which is ranked 14th in the league. Utah has scored 6,460 points on the season (117.5 per contest) and they snag 44.3 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 25.7 times per contest (10th in basketball) and they turn it over 15.2 times per game. The Jazz are committing 20.8 personal fouls every game and they connect on 78.7% from the free throw line.
The Utah defense concedes 36.0% on 3-point shots (630 of 1,752) and opponents are converting on 77.8% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 23.9 dimes and 43.5 rebounds every game, ranking them 7th and 14th in the NBA. The Jazz on defense are ranked 23rd in basketball in PPG allowed with 116.6. They have forced 13.6 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 48.0% from the field (22nd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota
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