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Timberwolves vs Jazz NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves at Utah Jazz
- Where: Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena
- Date: Friday, December 9th
- Betting Odds UTA -3, MIN +124 | UTA -150 O/U 236.5
The Timberwolves come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 12-12. So far, the team has gone 9-15-0 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Minnesota is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
The Timberwolves will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Pacers by a score of 121-115. Heading into the game, they were 3 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Minnesota went into halftime with a narrow 2 point lead before being able to slightly add to that margin by the games end. Leading the team in scoring was D’Angelo Russell, as he contributed 28 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
The Jazz come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 15-12. So far, the team has gone 14-11-2 against the spread. Against the spread, Utah has a mark of 1-2. Straight up, their record is 2-1 in these games.
Utah is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Warriors. Going into the game, they were 5 point favorites against the spread. Their 124-123 victory was not enough to cover. Utah went on to win the game, despite trailing by 3 going into halftime. In the win, Jordan Clarkson led the team in scoring with 22 points on a field goal percentage of 45.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Timberwolves averaged 113.5 points per game vs the Jazz. On the other side, Utah saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Timberwolves, as they averaged 122.5 points per game in these matchups. In terms of betting vs the spread, the Timberwolves have gone 3-2, but the Jazz actually have a positive scoring differential. In these meetings, Utah has averaged 124 points per contest, while allowing 116. Over the course of these games, they averaged 240 points per game, leading a 5-0 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Timberwolves offense is rated 8th in the league in scoring, averaging 115.2 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.0 made 3’s per game. Despite struggling with their outside shot, Minnesota remains one of the better offensive units in large part to their ability to get to the charity stripe. So far, the team is averaging 19.6 made free-throws per game.
Defensively, Minnesota has had its problems giving up an average of 113.3 points per game (24th).
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Timberwolves 2nd leading scorer, Karl-Anthony Towns. In his 21 games, Towns is averaging 20.8 points per game while dishing out 5.3 assists and grabbing 8.2 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Anthony Edwards, who leads the team and is 23rd in the NBA at 23.1 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 46.1% of his field goal attempts while taking 20.6% of the team’s shots from the floor.
The Utah offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 3rd ranked offense at 117.9 points per game. For the season, the Jazz have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 12th in the NBA in possessions per game.. Utah has been effective on offense due to the fact that they not only play an up-tempo style, but they have one of the best effective field goal percentages in the league at 56.1%.
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 22.2 points per game while Clarkson is 2nd at 19.8. For the season, Markkanen is 100th in the NBA in usage rate and 41st in player efficiency. Behind him, Clarkson has taken 18.6% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 43.3%.
Timberwolves vs Jazz Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Timberwolves +3
- Free Total Prediction: Under 236.5
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