We have a Grizzlies vs Timberwolves game preview for the Western Conference showcase on Thursday night.
NBA games today are packed full of excellent matchups, and the sportsbook has the Timberwolves at -13.5.
Grizzlies Need Consistency
It’s tough to know what to expect from the Grizzlies, who come off a 116-107 win over the Golden State Warriors.
Consistency isn’t there for the Grizzlies, who are playing without their two best scorers, Morant and Bane.
We expect them to struggle over the next few months, and that’s reflected in the current NBA betting line.
It’s also reflected in NBA standings, which have the Grizzlies well down the list in the Western Conference.
They are nine games behind the New Orleans Pelicans in the Southwest standings, and although they showed toughness last time on the court, they could struggle to handle the Timberwolves’ depth.
Their last two meetings against the Wolves resulted in 24 and 22-point losses, hence the big line.
Timberwolves Thriving at Home
Minnesota is 16-2 at Target Center, including its last two games against the Trail Blazers and Clippers, and our Grizzlies vs Timberwolves game preview is confident in their chances.
The Timberwolves have a healthy roster, and they should march toward an excellent record. We expect many of their players to feature in the NBA All Star game, so it’s an impressive roster.
Anthony Edwards comes off a 33-point performance, and if he plays like that again, the Wolves will be tough to beat.
“Getting all the rebounds and making sure they don’t get finishes at the rim, he was great tonight,” Edwards said of Rudy Gobert. “He was up, blocking mid-ranges and stuff like that. Defensive Player of the Year, for sure.”
They are 21-19 against the spread and 11-7 at home. It’s an impressive record and bettors have been cashing in.
Covering -13.5 spreads isn’t easy, even for the best NBA teams, but the Timberwolves are one of the deepest teams in the NBA. They have multiple elite scorers, and Gobert could dominate in the paint.
Timberwolves Riding Momentum
The Timberwolves have every chance to cover the big spread, and our Grizzlies vs Timberwolves game preview has them covering the -13.5 line.
Even if the Grizzlies play well, they are unlikely to keep up in the scoring department, as the Wolves have plenty of scoring threats.
The Grizzlies defeated Golden State at home, which was a surprise result. However, keeping it close on the road against Minnesota is another kettle of fish.
The sportsbook has a total of 215.5, which is largely due to the Grizzlies lack of offense. We don’t expect them to score over 105 points, but the Timberwolves should score plenty of points.
We see the home side scoring around 120 points, so we’re locking in the over and including it in our NBA picks.
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