Check out our free Jazz vs Timberwolves pick and preview for this NBA game in Minneapolis. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Jazz vs Timberwolves NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves
- Where: Minneapolis at Target Center
- Date: Monday, January 16th
- Betting Odds MIN -2.5, UTA +115 | MIN -139 O/U OFF
The Jazz come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 22-24. So far, the team has gone 24-20-2 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Utah is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
The Jazz will be looking to bounce back from a 118-117 loss to the 76ers. In terms of betting, Utah entered as 6 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. Even though Utah made a substantial comeback in the 2nd half, it was not enough to make up for their 10 point halftime deficit. Leading the team in scoring was Jordan Clarkson, as he contributed 38 points while hitting 55.2% of his shots.
So far, the Timberwolves have put together an overall record of 22-22, while going 19-25-0 vs the spread. The Timberwolves entered today’s game having picked up 2 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 6.5 points per game.
The Timberwolves are coming off a 110-102 win over the Cavaliers. This win came despite entering the game as the 4 point underdogs. Minnesota went on to win the game, despite trailing by 5 going into halftime. In the win, Anthony Edwards led the team in scoring with 26 points on a field goal percentage of 55.6%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Jazz averaged 122.5 points per game vs Minnesota, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Jazz saw a boost in scoring, the Timberwolves averaged 113.5 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Utah. This figure was similar to season-long average. Through the last 5 matchups between the teams, Minnesota has an ATS mark of 4-1. But, looking at the scoring margin in these games, an average of just 0 points per game separates the teams. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 4-1. Combined, they averaged 236 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Jazz come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 117.4 points per game (3rd). So far, Utah is averaging 100.4 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Yet, they are still a below average group in terms of made shots per game. So far, the Jazz are 14th in fields goals made per contest.
Defensively, the Jazz are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.57 points per contest (10th).
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Lauri Markkanen, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Markkanen leads the team in scoring at 24.6 points per game while Clarkson is 2nd at 21.1. For the season, Markkanen is 78th in the NBA in usage rate and 28th in player efficiency. Behind him, Clarkson has taken 18.8% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 45.3%.
Through 44 games, Minnesota is the 12th best scoring team at 114.8 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.1 made 3’s per game. If the Minnesota offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 15.4 turnovers per game.
Against the Jazz, the Timberwolves will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 24th in points allowed.
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Anthony Edwards, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Edwards leads the team in scoring at 23.8 points per game while Russell is 2nd at 17.0. For the season, Edwards is 29th in the NBA in usage rate and 82nd in player efficiency. Behind him, Russell has taken 15.2% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 45.9%.
Jazz vs Timberwolves Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Timberwolves -2.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF
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