Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies Bet Builder Tips: Friday, April 29th
The Minnesota Timberwolves are facing elimination in front of their home fans in Game 6 of the series against the Memphis Grizzlies. It was a close encounter last time around, and I expect a tough and defence-heavy match-up tonight. I’ve got a 4-piece Bet Builder ready for Game 6 at 8.00 odds. My Analysis and Bet Builder Tips are in the article below.
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- Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies Analysis
- Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies Builder Tips
The Memphis Grizzlies have been one of the most exciting teams this season, and they are just one game away from putting away the equally exciting Timberwolves, after going up 3-2 at FedExForum. The Grizzlies are one of the most well-balanced NBA teams, ranking 5th in offensive and 4th in defensive rating during the regular season. The Grizzlies can light up the boards, averaging 115.6 points per game, and they also lead the league in 2-point attempts with 61.7 whilst ranking 3rd in pace rating. They are a very dangerous team that can perform on both sides of the floor, but their defence has been their biggest weapon against the Wolves in this series.
The Timberwolves finished the regular season 7th in the NBA standings with 46 wins and 36 losses. Although their offence was more than solid during the regular season, ranking 8th in offensive rating and averaging 115.9 points per game, this team simply isn’t suited for the playoffs. The Timberwolves allowed 113.3 points per game and allowed an opponent 3-point percentage of 35.0%. They love to push the tempo, ranking top of the NBA in pace rating, but with 14.3 turnovers per game, you can see why this isn’t exactly playoff material.
The Grizzlies lost Game 1 at home against the T-Wolves due to an unusually bad defensive night, but they managed to put down the clamps in the other 4 games, and establish dominance on the boards. Desmond Bane and Ja Morant have been their dynamic duo in the series, averaging 23.6 and 22.4 points per game, but the team as a whole has been terrific, averaging 114.8 points per game. It was a tough shooting night in Game 5 for Taylor Jenkins’ boys, but their physicality and defence got the job done, grabbing 18 offensive rebounds and forcing 22 turnovers. This type of effort is exactly what this team needs to close out the series tonight, and you can bet that they will be trying to bump, push and claw their way to victory.
Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are trying to stay alive in the series in front of home fans. However, as good as their offence can be at times, they lack the defensive effort to really be competitive in the playoffs. This is something I’ve already talked about in my NBA Championship Winner Odds article earlier this month, and not much has changed. When the Wolves can get their offence going they are very difficult to stop, but the physicality of the playoffs makes this very difficult and chances are teams like this will always fail. Just look at the Nets. Still, this is an elimination game in front of home fans, and I expect them to try and turn up the heat tonight, which is why the under is looking very tempting.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies Bet Builder Tips
- Under 229.5 Points
- Ja Morant Over 7.5 Rebounds
- Jarred Vanderbilt Over 0.5 Assists
- Jarren Jackson Jr Under 19.5 Points & Rebounds
Bet Builder is available at 8.00 odds at Bet365 as of 1 pm April 28th 2022. Odds may now differ.
The Grizzlies have really been trying to be the more physical team in the series and it’s been working, but the Wolves are desperate to stay alive at home, and I expect a very tough and physical game tonight.
Ja Morant has averaged 8.8 rebounds in this series, and he has been everywhere on the court hunting for the pumpkin. He finished last game with 13 boards, and I’m expecting a lot of bricks, giving Ja more than enough opportunities to go over.
Vanderbilt has averaged 23.3 minutes per game for the Timberwolves in the playoffs with an average of 0.8 assists. He is not exactly Chris Finch’s go-to guy for ball distribution but the 0.5 assist line is looking very low. All we need is for one of his passes to go to an open shooter or cutter in order to win the bet. He has had 1 or more assists in 2 of their last 3 games.
Jarren Jackson Jr has seen lower minutes as this series has progressed, playing just 18 in their last game and netting 12 points and 5 assists. He has gone under 19.5 points and rebounds in 4 of the 5 games in the series and chances are this will happen again with his minutes restriction.