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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 4/9/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Memphis Grizzlies (22-58) at Minnesota Timberwolves (45-35)
Date & Time Monday April 9, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -15.5 -- Over/Under: 212.5
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The Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Monday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The Memphis Grizzlies look to play spoiler after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 98.7 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.9 points on 46.2 percent shooting. MarShon Brooks is averaging 23.3 points and 3.5 assists while Tyreke Evans is averaging 19.4 points and 5.1 rebounds. Marc Gasol is the third double-digit scorer and Dillon Brooks is grabbing three rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.6 rebounds per game. The Memphis Grizzlies have lost five of their last six road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves need a victory here to increase their playoff chances in the wide open West. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 109.4 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 22.1 points and 4.9 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21.2 points and 12.3 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing seven assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last eight home games.

The Grizzlies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Monday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Timberwolves are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Monday games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings, the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

It's no secret the Minnesota Timberwolves have everything to play for and the Memphis Grizzlies are playing nothing but G Leaguers and are tanking away. However, laying nearly 16 points doesn't seem wise. The Grizzlies are only being outscored by 8.2 points in their last five games, and Minnesota doesn't play enough defense to blow teams out. The Minnesota Timberwolves are also just 3-7 ATS this season as double-digit favorites. Give me the points.

Memphis Grizzlies +15.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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