Minnesota Timberwolves vs Utah Jazz NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Minnesota Timberwolves vs Utah Jazz Prediction 3/18/2024

The Minnesota Timberwolves (46-21) travel to face off against the Utah Jazz (29-38) on Monday, March 18th. This game will be played at Delta Center in Salt Lake City and televised on KJZZ. The Timberwolves are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Jazz are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Jazz. Tip-off is set for 9:00 ET.

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The Timberwolves Are Coming Off A Win

The Timberwolves’ most recent game versus the Jazz saw Anthony Edwards lead the Timberwolves with 31 points while shooting 12/20 from the field. Mike Conley also added 25 points as the Timberwolves won the game by a score of 119-100.

In their last five games, the Timberwolves are 3-2 and have an overall record of 46-21. When playing on the road, the Timberwolves are 23-13 this season compared to their 23-8 record at home.

Minnesota arrives with an ATS record of 33-33 for the season up to this point. Minnesota has covered the spread in two consecutive road games, while maintaining an ATS record of 19-16 on the road as opposed to 14-17 at home.

The Jazz Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

In their latest game against the Timberwolves, Collin Sexton was the top scorer for the Jazz’s offense, scoring 22 points and shooting 9/16 from the field. Keyonte George added 18 points, but unfortunately, Utah was defeated in the game with a score of 119-100.

As the Jazz take on the Timberwolves, they are looking to get back to .500. This season, the Jazz are 29-38 overall. In away games, they are 9-24 while going 20-14 at home.

Against the spread, Utah have an above .500 record vs. the spread sitting at 36-31 ATS. The Jazz are currently on a two game ATS win streak when they are the favorite, and they hold a 24-25 record against the spread as underdogs.

Timberwolves Offense Breakdown

Through 67 games the Timberwolves are averaging 113.3 points per contest, placing them 19th in the NBA.

The Timberwolves are a top-10 team in both field goal percentage and true shooting percentage. They are also one of the league’s best three-point shooting teams, hitting 38% from beyond the arc.

When it comes to scoring, Minnesota is averaging 113.3 points per game this season, which ranks 19th in the league. However, they have been slightly better on the road, averaging 114.6 points per game.

So far this season, the Timberwolves have outscored the NBA scoring average in 46.3% of their games. In terms of pace, Minnesota is 21st in the league at 97.3 possessions per game.

Jazz Offense Breakdown

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Heading into play, the Jazz’s offense is rated 9th in the league in scoring, averaging 117.4 points per contest.

At home, the Jazz are averaging 122.0 points per game, which is 6th in the NBA. Overall, they are 9th in scoring at 117.4 points per game. In terms of pace, Utah is 9th in the league at 100 possessions per game.

Utah’s offense is 18th in field goal percentage at 47%. They are also 15th in true shooting percentage. From beyond the arc, the Jazz are 11th in made threes (13.2) but just 19th in three-point shooting percentage (35%).

When it comes to free throws, the Jazz are 5th in made free throws (18.9) and 11th in attempts. In terms of assists, they are 9th in the NBA at 28 per game.

Timberwolves Team Defense

So far, the Timberwolves defense is giving up 106.6 points per contest, which has them sitting 1st in the NBA. One thing to note, is they have given up more points than their season average in five straight matchups. On two point field goal attempts, the Timberwolves’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 50.7% and allowing 35.0% from beyond the arc.

Jazz Team Defense

Coming into today’s game, the Jazz’s defense is giving up an average of 120.7 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Jazz are causing 14.9 turnovers per game, ranking 29th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 8th in rejections, averaging 5.9 blocked shots each game.

Key Players For The Timberwolves And Jazz

Our game forecasts for today suggest that Anthony Edwards is set to be the main scorer for the Timberwolves, recording 26 points and shooting 9/20 from the field. This season, he is averaging 26.5 points per game along with 5.4 boards.

On the other side, Lauri Markkanen is our projected leading scorer for the Jazz. We have him ending the game with a team-high 23 and grabbing 8 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 48.3% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 23.1 points per game.

Timberwolves vs Jazz Trends

  • Across their last five road contests, Minnesota has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-2. Their overall mark in these games was 3-2, while averaging 112 points per game.
  • Although Utah has a straight up record of 2-8 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 3-7. The team averaged 115 points per game in these games.
  • In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Jazz have a straight up record of 1-2 and an ATS mark of 1-2.
  • In their last three contests as the favorite, Minnesota has a poor record vs the spread going 1-2. But, they still put together a straight up mark of 2-1.

Timberwolves vs Jazz Prediction

For a point-spread bet in this Timberwolves vs. Jazz matchup, we’re leaning towards the Jazz at +8. Although our projections show the Timberwolves winning 111-106, we suggest placing your bet on the Jazz for the point-spread.

As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 222.5 and our model has the Timberwolves and Jazz finishing with a combined 217 points. Our pick is to take the under.

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