Memphis Grizzlies (5-6) at Minnesota Timberwolves (3-8)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -3.5 -- Over/Under: 223 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Friday in NBA action at the Target Center.
The Memphis Grizzlies look for another win to build on their three-game winning streak. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 106.5 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 107.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Ja Morant is averaging 26.3 points and 6.3 assists while Dillon Brooks is averaging 16.6 points and 4.2 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Clarke is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game.
The Minnesota Timberwolves need a win here after losing eight of their last nine games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 118.7 points on 48.4 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 22 points and 4.3 assists while D’Angelo Russell is averaging 20.7 points and 5.5 assists. Malik Beasley is the third double-digit scorer and Anthony Edwards is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game.
The Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 18-38-1 ATS in their last 57 home games and 12-26 ATS in their last 38 games overall. The under is 19-7 in Grizzlies last 26 overall. The over is 6-1 in Timberwolves last 7 overall. The Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Minnesota and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Without Ja and with the Minnesota Timberwolves having Towns back, Minny is the better team and should win. However, the Memphis Grizzlies have beaten the Timberwolves twice this month and have won five of the last six meetings against them overall. Heck, the Grizzlies just beat the Timberwolves on Wednesday, holding them to just 43 percent shooting from the field. I want to back the Timberwolves here, but the history suggests the value is with the Grizzlies and the points.