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(38-26) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Utah Jazz (31-30)
Date: Friday March 2nd
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 210
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are 3-2 over their last five games, and recently beat the Sacramento Kings, 118-100. Despite the win, Minnesota must play for an extended period without Jimmy Butler.
The Utah Jazz are one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now, and are coming off a loss to Houston, 96-85.
The last time the Timberwolves and Jazz took the floor against each other, was November 30th of 2017. Minnesota got the win, 109-98. They also lead the season series, 2-0
Minnesota is going to have to put up a fight to stay in playoff contention. The loss of Jimmy Butler is going to be huge to the outcome of their season.
If Minnesota can stay at .500 or better, they will be in the postseason. If not, then expect Minnesota to be at home again for the playoffs.
The Timberwolves still have a ton of talent. Other players like Andrew Wiggans and Karl Anthony-Towns are going to have to elevate their play. Anthony-Towns leads the Timberwolves in rebounds, with 12.2 per game.
He is also the teams leading scorer since Butler when down. He is averaging over 20 points per game this season.
The Timberwolves have been playing well, and took down the Kings by 18 points in their last game. Minnesota has played only one playoff contender their last six games.
The contender was Houston. Minnesota was demolished by double digits in the loss. Not a good sign for the Timberwolves moving forward.
Minnesota is allowing 106.9 points per game this season. Ranking them 18th in points allowed this season. Jimmy Butler was the teams best on ball defender. His absence will be felt.
Especially against a team like the Jazz. Anthony-Towns is going to be looked upon to defend the painted area more than usual in Utah.
If the Timberwolves are going to play well in this matchup, they must play better than their 13-20 record on the road. They face a tough task in Salt Lake.
The Utah Jazz are 3-2 over their last five games. The Jazz took a tough loss at home to the Houston Rockets, 95-86 their last game. The Jazz were over-matched by James Harden and the Rockets balanced offense.
Utah shot 43.7 percent from the floor, and 24.1 percent from three point range. They also were forced into 22 turnovers at home.
The loss should be not suprise to the Jazz. The team still has a lot of learning to do. The Jazz are one of the more respected teams to play at home this year. Utah is 19-11 at Vivint Smart Home Arena this season.
Making Salt Lake one of the harder places to play in the West this for anyone this year.
On the defensive side of the court, the Jazz are allowing 101.4 points per game this year. Their tough nose defense, has Utah rated 3rd in the NBA in points allowed this year.
If the Jazz can continue to get better on offense, Utah could be a tough first round out in this years playoffs.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-1 in MIN last 9 overall.
- MIN are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 road games.
- MIN are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Under is 41-19-1 in UTA last 61 vs. NBA Northwest.
- MIN are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Utah.
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
Minnesota is not good on the road. The Salt Lake crowd will be playing a big factor in this one. If Karl Anthony-Towns can’t score 30 or more, the Timberwolves could be in trouble.
Possible NBA Rookie of the Year candidate, Donovan Mitchell is averaging 19.4 points per game this year. Expect a big game from him against a tired Minnesota team.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Jazz -6.5
Take the Jazz at home in this one. Utah has been playing a lot better, and are a better home team than Minnesota is on the road.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Jazz 118 – Timberwolves 107
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