Phoenix Suns vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 1/13/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Friday, January 13, 2023
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
The Minnesota Timberwolves will go up against the Phoenix Suns at Target Center on Friday.
The Suns stepped onto the hardwood against the Nuggets and went home with a loss by a final score of 126-97 in their last game. Phoenix ended the contest having earned a 43.3% field goal percentage (39 of 90) and knocked down 9 of their 32 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Suns buried 10 of 14 shots for a rate of 71.4%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they collected 44 with 15 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 28 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing the opposition into 10 turnovers and earning 4 steals. With regard to defending, Phoenix allowed the other team to shoot 56.5% from the field on 48 of 85 shooting. Denver recorded 30 dimes and had 9 steals in this matchup. Furthermore, Denver collected 38 boards (7 offensive, 31 defensive) and earned 2 blocked shots. Denver went 71.4% at the free throw line by making 15 of 21 tries. They also buried 15 out of their 34 attempts from distance. When discussing personal fouls, the Suns ended up walking away with 17 and the Nuggets accounted for 20 personal fouls.
Torrey Craig is someone who played a role in this game. Craig finished the contest at 100.0% from the field but finished the game without an assist. He saw the court for 23 mins and also collected 5 boards. He scored 16 points on 6 out of 6 shooting.
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Phoenix heads into this contest with a record of 21-22 this season. They currently have an average of 112.7 points per contest (17th in basketball) while hitting 46.4% from the field. The Suns are connecting on 38.2% on three-point shots (554 of 1,450) and 79.7% from the free throw line. As a unit, Phoenix is grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,141 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 4th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession via turnover 14.1 times per contest and as a group they commit 21.0 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Suns have forced 15.1 turnovers every game while drawing 19.8 personal fouls. They are conceding 36.1% on 3-point shots while they are 10th in the league in opponents points per game (111.4). The Suns are allowing a field goal percentage of 47.1% (1,715 of 3,642) and they relinquish 42.8 rebounds per game as a team. They rank 7th in the league in giving up assists with 997 surrendered so far this year.
For their last game, the Timberwolves took a loss by a score of 135-118 when they faced the Pistons. In relation to team rebounding, Minnesota permitted Detroit to collect 38 in total (7 on the offensive glass). They finished 53.1% from 3-point land by going 17 out of 32 and ended up going 22 out of 28 at the free throw line (78.6%). The Timberwolves permitted the Pistons to knock down 48 out of 80 attempts from the field which left them shooting 60.0% in the game. When the final whistle was blown, the Timberwolves finished shooting 43 out of 88 from the field which had them shooting 48.9%. In relation to shots from distance, Minnesota buried 16 out of their 33 tries (48.5%). They were able to make 16 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 76.2%. The Pistons had 20 personal fouls in the game which got the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 21 shots. They gave up possession of the ball 18 times, while recording 7 steals for the game. The Timberwolves corralled 23 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 36 in this game.
Anthony Edwards was important for the Timberwolves for the contest. He converted 8 of 18 in the game for a field goal rate of 44.4%, and tallied 1 rebound. Edwards tallied 20 points in his 24 minutes on the court and earned 6 assists for the game.
Minnesota has a record of 20-22 so far this season. The Timberwolves are responsible for committing 22.0 personal fouls every game while shooting 77.5% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 25.4 times per game (11th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 16.0 times per contest. Minnesota has accounted for 4,820 points on the season (114.8 per contest) and they collect 41.9 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Timberwolves are connecting on 49.1% from the field, which ranks 3rd in the league.
The Minnesota defense gives up 36.9% on 3-point attempts (575 of 1,557) and their opponents are connecting on 75.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 25.8 dimes and 44.5 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 22nd and 23rd in the league. The Timberwolves on defense are ranked 19th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 115.5. They have forced 15.7 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.2% from the floor (7th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota
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