Jazz vs. Timberwolves - 1/29/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (14-32) at Utah Jazz (19-25)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -7 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, ROOT
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz meet Friday night at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a victory after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 99.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.8 points and 1.9 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 16.1 points and 9.8 rebounds. Zach Lavine is dishing 3.1 assists and Shabazz Muhammad is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost nine straight road games. Kevin Garnett and Kevin Martin are questionable.
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The Utah Jazz look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 97.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 96.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19.9 points and five rebounds while Rodney Hood is averaging 14 points and 2.6 assists. Trey Burke is dishing 2.7 assists and Trevor Booker is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won six of their last nine home games. Raul Neto is questionable with a concussion.
The Timberwolves are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Northwest. The Jazz are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Utah.
The Timberwolves seem like they're tanking, as they can't beat anybody and are also struggling to cover spreads. The Jazz play well at home and have covered six of their last eight at the VSHA. I'll side with Utah and the reasonable chalk.