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NBA Minnesota Timberwolves vs Utah Jazz Prediction 3/16/2024

The Minnesota Timberwolves (45-21) travel to face off against the Utah Jazz (29-37) on Saturday, March 16th. This game will be played at Delta Center in Salt Lake City and televised on KJZZ. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 9:30 ET.

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The Timberwolves Are Coming Off A Win

In their latest game against the Clippers, Anthony Edwards was the top scorer for the Timberwolves’ offense, scoring 37 points and shooting 15/29 from the field. Nickeil Alexander-Walker also contributed 28 points as the Timberwolves won by a score of 118-100 vs. the Clippers.

With a record of 45-21, the Timberwolves are above .500 and are 3rd in the Western Conference. In the Northwest division, they also hold the 3rd spot.

So far, Minnesota is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 32-33. This season, Minnesota has a 23-27 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 9-6 as underdogs.

The Jazz Are Coming Off A Win

The Jazz notched a win against the Hawks in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 124-122. Before the game, the Jazz were the underdogs with a +1.5 point advantage, securing both a straight-up and ATS victory. Before the game, the over/under line was 222.5 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.

Over their last ten games, the Jazz are 3-7 and have an overall record of 29-37. When playing on the road, the Jazz are 9-24 compared to 20-13 at home.

Against the spread, Utah are currently above .500, at 36-30 ATS. The Jazz maintain an ATS record of 14-19 on the road, while they have a 22-11 record vs. the spread when playing at home.

Timberwolves Offense Breakdown

In 66 games games, Minnesota has an average of 113.2 points per game (19th).

The Timberwolves have been a below-average scoring team this season, ranking 19th in the league at 113.2 points per game. However, they have been slightly better on the road, averaging 114.5 points per game compared to 111.7 at home.

Minnesota has been an efficient shooting team overall, ranking 10th in field goal percentage at 48%. They have also been one of the best three-point shooting teams in the league, hitting 38% of their attempts (4th).

So far, the Timberwolves have outscored the NBA scoring average in 45.5% of their games this season. In terms of pace, they are 22nd in the league at 97.3 possessions per game.

Jazz Offense Breakdown

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Leading up to today’s matchup, the Jazz are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 117.7 points per game (9th).

This season, the Jazz have been one of the top offensive teams in the league, averaging 117.7 points per game (9th). At home, they have been even better, putting up 122.7 points per game (5th).

Utah has been an above-average three-point shooting team, hitting 36% of their attempts from beyond the arc (19th). They are also 10th in the league in three-pointers made per game (13.3).

When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Jazz are 11th in the NBA in attempts per game (22.8). They have also been one of the top offensive rebounding teams, grabbing 12.6 offensive boards per contest (3rd).

Timberwolves Team Defense

Coming into the game, the Timberwolves defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 24.2% of their games. Currently, they are 1st in the NBA at 106.7 points per game allowed. In the terms of takeaways, Timberwolves are causing 13.6 turnovers per game, ranking 22nd in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 5th in rejections, averaging 6 blocked shots each game.

Jazz Team Defense

On defense, the Jazz come into the game ranked 27th in the league in points allowed at 120.8 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 129 points per contest (25th). Inside the arc, the Jazz defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 54.6% and 39.5% from three-point territory.

Key Players For The Timberwolves And Jazz

In today’s game, we anticipate Anthony Edwards leading the scoring for the Timberwolves, contributing 26 points while shooting 9/20 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 26.4 points per game, along with 5.3 rebounds.

On the flip side, our predictions place Collin Sexton as the leading scorer for the Jazz. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 19 while also collecting 3 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 48.6%, and he is contributing 18.2 points per game on average.

Timberwolves vs Jazz Trends

  • Across their three previous road games, Minnesota has an ATS mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 110 points per game.
  • Through their last three home contests, the Jazz offense has averaged 116 points per game while allowing an average of 127. Utah posted an overall record of 0-3 while going 1-2 ATS.
  • Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Jazz have a straight up record of 1-4. Their record vs the spread in these games was 3-2.
  • As the betting favorite, the Timberwolves have an ATS mark of just 0-3 in their last three games. Minnesota posted a straight up mark of 1-2 in these matchups.

Timberwolves vs Jazz Prediction

When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Timberwolves vs. Jazz game, our recommendation is to take the Jazz at +8. Despite our model showing the Timberwolves winning 112-107, we like Jazz as our point-spread pick.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 224 and given that our model is projecting 219 points between the teams, we like the under.

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