Don’t expect a tight game on Thursday, March 14 at Vivint Smart Home Arena as the Jazz opened as 8.0 point favorites versus the Timberwolves. Tip off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. EST.
Minnesota enters this game with the NBA’s 23rd-ranked defensive rating. They’re giving up 113.4 points per game and are 20th in field goals allowed and 29th in three-pointers allowed. Offensively, they’re averaging 113.0 points and are 16th in rebounds and 15th in assists.
Leading the charge is Karl-Anthony Towns, who is averaging 24.6 points per game on 50.0% shooting.
Utah, meanwhile, has the Association’s 18th-ranked offensive rating. The Jazz are averaging 109.9 points per game on 43.0% shooting and are 11th in rebounds and 11th in assists.
Much of their offense has come from Donovan Mitchell, who is leading the Jazz with 23.6 points per game on 40.0% shooting, and Rudy Gobert, who is chipping in 15.4 points per game. The Timberwolves will have their hands full with both players tonight.
Defensively, the Jazz are giving up 106.6 points per game and are 19th in field goals allowed and 17th in three-pointers allowed. Opponents are shooting 45.0% from the floor and 36.0% from downtown against them this season.
These two clubs have met three times this season, with the Timberwolves winning once. The last time they faced off on January 28th, 2019, Utah won 125- 111 behind 29 points from Donovan Mitchell.
The Jazz are coming off of a 97-114 win vs the Suns in Phoenix in which they were 12 for 33 from deep and won the war on the glass 63-43. The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are fresh off a 107-133 loss against the Nuggets in Denver in which they handed out 24 assists and scratched and clawed their way to 10 swipes. Karl-Anthony Towns torched the Nuggets for 34 points.
All told, the Timberwolves have won four of their last ten games and are 10th in the Western Conference, while the Jazz have have come out on the losing end of four of their last ten and are seventh in the Western Conference.
The 8.0-point spread isn’t the only angle you can take advantage of. Bookmakers have also set a robust over/under total of 222. Bear in mind that Minnesota is 34-34-0 against the spread this season and 39-29-0 over/under, compared to 34-31-2 ATS and 33-34-0 over/under for Utah.
Feeling intrigued? Tonight’s game gets underway soon!