Toronto Raptors vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 1/19/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-3)
Target Center is the location where the Minnesota Timberwolves will take on the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. Toronto opens this game as 3-point favorites. The over/under is set at 228.
The Raptors played the Bucks and took a loss by a score of 130-122 in their last contest. Toronto walked away from the game having earned a 45.5% field goal percentage (46 of 101) and made 13 out of their 35 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Raptors converted 17 of 27 tries for a rate of 63.0%. In reference to getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 50 with 20 of them being offensive. They also distributed 20 dimes for the matchup in addition to forcing 11 turnovers and getting 7 steals. With respect to the defense, Toronto let their opponent shoot 53.5% from the field on 46 out of 86 shooting. Milwaukee doled out 24 assists and had 5 steals in this contest. Moreover, Milwaukee snagged 42 rebounds (6 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Milwaukee finished the contest at 90.5% when shooting free throws by knocking down 19 of their 21 shots. They buried 19 out of their 39 shots from distance. With respect to personal fouls, the Raptors ended up with 14 while the Bucks racked up 19 personal fouls.
Fred VanVleet is a player who was a major contributor in the game. He walked away with 39 points on 15 of 28 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37 minutes and also pulled down 9 rebounds. VanVleet shot 53.6% from the floor and dished out 7 assists.
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Toronto enters this one with a mark of 20-25 on the year. They currently have an average of 112.2 points per outing (22nd in basketball) while hitting 44.8% from the floor. The Raptors are shooting 32.9% from downtown (485 of 1,476) and 79.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Toronto is grabbing 42.6 boards per game and has accounted for 1,038 dimes so far this season, which is 26th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 11.8 times per game and as a team they are committing 20.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on the defensive end, the Raptors are forcing 16.8 turnovers per game while drawing 21.3 personal fouls. They rank 25th in the league in giving up assists with 1,152 surrendered on the campaign. The Raptors are allowing a shooting percentage of 48.8% (1,817 of 3,723) and they concede 43.2 rebounds per game as a team. They are giving up 36.8% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 9th in the NBA in points per game allowed (112.1).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Timberwolves took a defeat with a final score of 126-125 when they faced the Jazz. With respect to team rebounding, Minnesota permitted Utah to pull down 50 in total (14 on the offensive side). They finished 38.2% from three-point range by going 13 out of 34 and finished the game at 23 of 28 from the charity stripe (82.1%). The Timberwolves allowed the Jazz to convert 45 out of 84 attempts from the floor which had them at 53.6% in this contest. When the final whistle was blown, the Timberwolves finished the game shooting 46 for 101 from the field which had them at 45.5%. With respect to three-point attempts, Minnesota buried 18 of their 41 attempts (43.9%). They were able to bury 15 of the free throws for a percentage of 83.3%. The Jazz earned 12 fouls in this matchup which got the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 18 tries. They also turned it over 5 times, while earning 9 steals in the matchup. The Timberwolves snagged 25 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive boards totaling 41 in this contest.
Anthony Edwards was important for the Timberwolves for the matchup. Edwards accumulated 29 points in his 36 mins of playing time and accounted for 5 assists for this game. He converted 10 of 25 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 40.0%, and had 4 rebounds.
Minnesota has a win-loss record of 22-23 this season. The Timberwolves are responsible for committing 22.0 fouls every game while shooting 77.7% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 25.3 times per contest (12th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 15.8 times per contest. Minnesota has accounted for 5,176 points on the campaign (115.0 per contest) and they pull in 41.5 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Timberwolves are hitting on 49.3% from the field, which has them ranked 4th in the league.
The Timberwolves on defense are ranked 19th in the league in PPG allowed with 115.4. They are forcing their opponents into 15.9 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.4% from the floor (8th in basketball). The Minnesota defense allows 37.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (610 of 1,642) and their opposition knocks down 75.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 25.8 dimes and 44.5 total boards per game, which ranks 24th and 24th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (-3)
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