The NBA action continues with a five-game slate on Friday, January 27, and here you can check out the best Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves betting pick and odds.
Memphis is desperate to avoid the fifth consecutive defeat when they visit Minnesota at Target Center. The Grizzlies are -3.5 favorites on BetOnline Sportsbook, while the total is set at N/A points. These conference rivals have met twice this year, and the series is tied at 1-1.
Grizzlies fell short of the Warriors on the road
The Memphis Grizzlies (31-17, 23-24-1) are going through their toughest period of the season as they suffered four straight losses. All four defeats came on the road; the Grizzlies will conclude their five-game road trip on Friday against Minnesota. The most recent loss was against the Golden State Warriors even though the Grizzlies had a 10-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. Memphis did force 21 turnovers and committed 13 on the other end, but the hosts were better in rebounds (44-36) and assists (33-26).
Ja Morant led the Grizzlies in a 122-120 loss with a double-double of 29 points and a game-high 12 assists along with four rebounds and two steals. Desmond Bane added 20 points and four dishes, Brandon Clarke chipped in 19 points and team-high eight boards, Jaren Jackson had 17 points and six rebounds, while Santi Aldama and Dillon Brooks combined for 23 points and seven boards.
C Steven Adams (knee) is out indefinitely. SG Danny Green (knee) and SG John Konchar (concussion) are questionable to feature on Friday against Minnesota.
Timberwolves beat the Pelicans in New Orleans
The Minnesota Timberwolves (25-25, 23-27-0 ATS) opened a two-game road trip with a loss to the Houston Rockets, the worst team in the NBA, but managed to bounce back with a 111-102 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Now, the Timberwolves will spend the next six games at home, starting from Friday with a clash against Memphis. Minnesota scored 39 and allowed 21 points in a crucial third quarter in New Orleans and kept the hosts to 43.5% from the floor. The Wolves forced 15 turnovers and committed nine in return.
Anthony Edwards led the Wolves with a game-high 37 points, six rebounds, and five assists. D’Angelo Russell contributed 19 points, five dimes, and two steals, Rudy Gobert posted a double-double of 17 points and game-high 12 boards, while Kyle Anderson had ten points, team-high seven dishes, two thefts, and two blocks.
C Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) and PG Jordan McLaughlin (calf) are out indefinitely. SF Taurean Prince (ankle) is questionable to play on Friday against the Grizzlies.
- 1-4 ATS in the last five games overall
- 4-10 ATS in the last 14 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 4-1 ATS in the last five games overall
- 6-2 ATS in the last eight home games
- 7-3 ATS in the last ten games playing on one day of rest
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Pick
Memphis has a better offense and defense than the Timberwolves, but the Grizzlies are going through a hard phase at the moment and are playing without their toughest player – Steven Adams. While the Wolves are also without Anthony-Towns, they accustomed to playing without him for quite some time now and have Rudy Gobert as a presence below the rims. The Grizzlies don’t have such an option at center, which is the biggest advantage for Minnesota in this one. The Timberwolves are going to exploit Memphis’ current weak form and get a win here. If not, they are at least going to cover.
Pick: Take the Timberwolves at +4.5 (-120)
Without Adams in the paint, I believe the Wolves are going to score a bunch of easy points. Memphis allowed 122+ in three of the last four, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the hosts score 120+ here. On the other hand, the Grizzlies have the fifth-best offense in the NBA that averages 117.1 points per game, so the visitors should contribute enough to make a high-scoring game out of this one. Over is 4-1 in the Timberwolves’ last five games following an ATS win, while Over is 5-0 in the Grizzlies’ previous five games following an ATS win.
Pick: Go Over N/A points