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2021 NBA Handicapping
(16-44) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Utah Jazz (44-15)
Date: Saturday, April 24th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Timberwolves +650 | Jazz -1667
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -13.5
NBA Betting Total: 233
On Saturday, April 24th, Northwest Division rivals the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz will compete for the second time this season. The first meeting occurred early in the season on December 26th with the Wolves winning 116-111
This is the first of two games to be played consecutively with the next one happening on Monday, April 26th.
The Jazz holds the all-time record between the clubs with 85 wins in 128 meetings. Last season, the teams played three times with Jazz winning two of the three contests.
This week the Timberwolves and Rockets were officially eliminated from playoff contention. That’s a fairly embarrassing situation given 10 teams will participate this season with the play-in tournament.
For the Wolves, it’s been one of their harrowing seasons mired in adversity right from the onset of the season. Karl-Anthony Towns suffered numerous losses of family members to COVID-19 including his mother.
When he hit the hardwood, he told reporters his joy of playing basketball was gone — and now it was just a job. He suffered an early wrist injury causing him to miss six games. Then he contracted COVID-19 and was out for 13 games.
Jarrett Culver and Malik Beasley have also missed double-digit games. All this and the Wolves fired Ryan Saunders and hired Chris Finch in late February.
The one bright spot has been the play of rookie Anthony Edwards who is fitting into Finch’s system and demonstrating continual growth. He’s averaging 18.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.
Beasley is out with a serious hamstring injury while Jaylen Nowell (tibia contusion) is listed as doubtful.
All season the Jazz have been the cream of the crop and while they’ve lost four of their last 10 matches it shouldn’t be cause for concern.
Quin Snyder wants to make sure his team maintains their competitive edge but more importantly gets to the postseason healthy.
Helping keep the Jazz invested is the play of the Suns and Clippers who trail Utah by two and 2.5 games respectively.
And, while the team with the top record in the NBA hasn’t been the champions in recent years Utah still wants that top seed particularly with the high altitude which is an advantage over their peers.
They enter on a mini two-game win streak (Lakers, Rockets). In the victory versus the Rockets, Jordan Clarkson led scoring (22 points) while Rudy Gobert produced a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds. Six Jazz players registered double-figure scores.
While the Jazz avoided injuries particularly to their core that’s recently changed with cornerstone Donovan Mitchell missing the last three games with an ankle sprain. Udoka Azubuike remains out having suffered a severe ankle sprain.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Jazz are 7-3 in the last 10 head-to-head meetings.
- The Jazz are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these clubs
- The over/under is 5-5 in the last 10 contests between the clubs
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
The Wolves have nothing to play for aside from pride and getting an early start on building chemistry with the core trio of KAT, Edwards, and Russell.
For as much as it’s fun to play spoiler, it behooves the Wolves to lose as much as possible since their pick will be conveyed to Golden State if the lottery balls don’t give them one of the top-three picks.
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