Sacramento Kings vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 1/28/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Sacramento Kings vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Sacramento (-4)
The Sacramento Kings are hitting the road to Target Center on Saturday where they will attempt to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota opens this game as 4-point underdogs. The total is set at 234.
The Kings faced the Raptors and took a loss by a final of 113-95 in their last contest. Sacramento finished with a 47.9% FG percentage (35 out of 73) and buried 13 out of their 32 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Kings converted 12 of 13 attempts for a percentage of 92.3%. In regard to grabbing boards, they earned 34 with 4 of them being offensive. They also recorded 29 dimes in this matchup as well as forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and having 6 steals. In reference to defending, Sacramento let their opponent shoot 49.5% from the floor on 48 out of 97 shooting. Toronto dished out 28 assists and had 12 steals for this contest. Additionally, Toronto collected 41 rebounds (11 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Toronto finished the game at 71.4% at the charity stripe by knocking down 5 of their 7 tries. They made 12 of 40 attempts from distance. Regarding fouls, the Kings finished with 12 while the Raptors had 17 fouls.
Kevin Huerter is someone who was a factor in this game. Huerter finished the game shooting 66.7% from the floor and also dished out 4 assists. He played for 32 mins and also grabbed 4 boards. He walked away with 21 points on 8 out of 12 shooting.
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Sacramento steps onto the court with a record of 27-20 this season. They are giving up possession 14.4 times per game and as a squad they are committing 20.0 fouls per game. As a unit, Sacramento is collecting 42.1 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 1,279 dimes on the campaign, which is 8th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Kings are shooting 37.2% on three-point shots (643 of 1,730) and 79.5% from the free throw line. They average 119.7 points per contest (1st in the NBA) while hitting 49.5% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Kings are forcing their opponents into 14.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.3 fouls. They rank 8th in the NBA in giving up assists with 1,192 relinquished so far this year. The Kings defense is giving up a FG percentage of 48.8% (2,045 of 4,190) and they surrender 41.8 boards per contest as a squad. They give up 35.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 22nd in the league in opponents points per game (116.6).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Timberwolves took home the win by a final score of 111-102 when they played the Pelicans. When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, Minnesota allowed New Orleans to snag 42 in all (8 offensive). They finished the game shooting 31.6% from three-point range by going 12 of 38 and walked away from this one shooting 16 of 21 at the charity stripe (76.2%). The Timberwolves allowed the Pelicans to convert 37 out of 85 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.5% in the matchup. Overall, the Timberwolves finished 40 for 82 from the field which had them at 48.8%. Concerning 3-pointers, Minnesota made 11 of their 29 tries (37.9%). They were able to make 20 of those for a clip of 71.4%. The Pelicans committed 21 fouls in the matchup which got the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for a total of 28 shots. They also gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while earning 8 steals for this contest. The Timberwolves corralled 32 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards totaling 36 for the game.
Anthony Edwards ended up being a factor for the Timberwolves in this game. He made 12 of 25 for this game for a field goal percentage of 48.0%, and had 6 rebounds. Edwards recorded 37 points in his 37 mins of playing time and had 5 assists in the game.
Minnesota has a mark of 25-25 on the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Timberwolves are shooting 49.2% from the floor, which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Minnesota has totaled 5,760 pts on the year (115.2 per game) and they pull down 40.9 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 25.2 times per contest (13th in basketball) and they are turning it over 15.7 times per contest. The Timberwolves have committed 22.0 fouls per game and they shoot 77.9% from the charity stripe.
The Minnesota defense gives up 37.2% on shots from behind the 3-point line (664 of 1,783) and their opponents are connecting on 75.0% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 25.7 assists and 44.4 rebounds per game, which is ranked 21st and 24th in the league. The Timberwolves are ranked 19th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 115.4. They are able to force 16.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.7% from the field (9th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota (+4)
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