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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: Wednesday, February 8th
- Betting Odds UTA -3.5, MIN +131 | UTA -160 O/U OFF
So far, the Timberwolves have put together an overall record of 29-28, while going 27-30-0 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Minnesota has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
Not only did the Timberwolves drop their last game to the Nuggets. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 146-112 as 8 point underdogs. Minnesota struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip away at a 31 point halftime deficit. Leading the team in scoring was Anthony Edwards, as he contributed 19 points while hitting 63.6% of his shots.
The Jazz come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 27-28. So far, the team has gone 29-24-2 against the spread. Against the Timberwolves, the Jazz are looking to break out of a 2 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -10.0 points per contest.
In their previous game, the Jazz were favored to win vs the Mavericks. However, their 124-111 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Utah went on to lose the game despite leading by 2 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Jordan Clarkson, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 36.8% of his shots.
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. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Timberwolves hold the edge at 3-2. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just 2 points per game. Minnesota and Utah averaged a combined 238 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Minnesota offense is the 11th ranked unit in the NBA, at 115.4 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Timberwolves are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.3 possessions per game. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 10th team in made field goals per contest.
On defense, the Timberwolves will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 24th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
This season, the Timberwolves offense has primarily worked through Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 57 games, Edwards is 23rd in the NBA at 24.6 points per game. So far, him and Russell have accounted for 38% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 42.5 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, D’Angelo Russell is grabbing 3.1 rebounds for Minnesota to go along with 6.2 assists.
Utah will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 117.5 points per game (5th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Jazz are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.8 per contest. Even though the team has preferred to play at a slower pace, their effective field goal percentage of 55.5% has helped them with their overall scoring numbers.
Against the Timberwolves, the Jazz will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 10th ranked unit at 107.57 points per game.
Power-Foward Lauri Markkanen currently leads the Jazz at 24.8 points per game. For the season, he is 78th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 18.1% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Markkanen is averaging 8.7 boards and 1.7 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 9th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jordan Clarkson enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 54 games, he is averaging 21.1 and is 128th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Timberwolves vs Jazz Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Timberwolves +3.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF