The Minnesota Timberwolves (16-4) travel to face off against the Memphis Grizzlies (6-14) on Friday, December 8th. This game will be played at FedExForum in FedExForum and televised on BSSE. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Timberwolves vs Grizzlies
The Timberwolves Are Coming Off A Win
The Timberwolves won vs. the Spurs in their most recent game, ending with a score of 102-94. Going into the game, the Timberwolves were favored by -11.5 and their 8 point win was not enough to cover the spread. As for the over/under, the combined score of 196 points didn’t reach the over/under line of 231.
Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves have an overall record of 16-4 and are looking to add to their five game winning streak. When facing Western Conference opponents, they are 11-2 compared to a 5-2 record against non-conference teams.
Minnesota comes in with an overall ATS record of 10-9 so far this season. As the favorite this season, Minnesota is 7-8 vs. the spread while going 3-1 as the underdog.
The Grizzlies Are Coming Off A Win
The Grizzlies beat the Pistons in their most recent game, ending with a score of 116-102. Turning the tide, the Grizzlies picked up the win, overcoming a halftime deficit of 56-52.
As of now, the Grizzlies are 6-14 overall and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In the Western Conference, they are 13th and rank 4th in the Southwest division.
Memphis has an overall ATS record of 9-11 as they come into today’s game. In their last three road games, Memphis has successfully covered the spread, and they hold an ATS record of 6-5 on the road in contrast to 3-6 at home.
Timberwolves Offense Breakdown
Through 20 games games, Minnesota is averaging 112.3 points per game (20th). Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 8th, with an average of 19.3 made free-throws per game.
Grizzlies Offense Breakdown
The Grizzlies come into today’s game as the 29th ranked scoring offense at 106.4 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Grizzlies will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.7 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Memphis offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 28th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Timberwolves Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves’ defense is giving up an average of 105.3 points per contest.
Opponents are hitting 48.6% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 33.7% of their three-point attempts.
Grizzlies Team Defense
At this time, the Grizzlies’ defense is positioned 10th in the NBA, permitting 111.4 points per game.
The Memphis defense has allowed opponents to shoot 39.4% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.1% of their field goal attempts vs. Memphis.
Key Players For The Timberwolves And Grizzlies
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Anthony Edwards is set to be the main scorer for the Timberwolves, recording 19 points and shooting 7/14 from the field. This season, he is averaging 25.7 points per game along with 5.9 boards.
As for Memphis, Desmond Bane is projected to be the primary scorer for the Grizzlies. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 16, and adding 3 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 46.6% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 25.1 points per game.
Timberwolves vs Grizzlies Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, Minnesota has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 121 per game. The team went 3-0 overall in these games.
- Across their last three home contests, Memphis has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-0. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 111 points per game.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Grizzlies have a straight up record of 1-4. Their record vs the spread in these games was 2-3.
- Across their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Timberwolves have an overall record of 5-0 while going 2-3 against the spread.
We’re putting our money on the Timberwolves to win, and have the projected score sitting at 109-101. We also like them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to bet on the Timberwolves at -6.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 215, and our model projects the Timberwolves and Grizzlies to reach a combined total of 210 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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