The NBA is set up with a great night of action on Wednesday night. Ten games are up on the board throughout January 13. One of these games will be between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolves. These two teams will look to earn a much needed win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Grizzlies have earned a record of 4-6 to this point in the season, which has them in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. Memphis has won back to back games coming into this one and will look to keep that winning streak going. The Grizzlies will look to come out hot once again as they meet up with a struggling Timberwolves team.
Minnesota has put up a record of 3-7 throughout this season, which has put them in fifteenth place of the Western Conference. The Timberwolves earned a win in their last game, which ended a seven game losing streak. Minnesota will look to take over on Wednesday night to try and get out of this slide. The Timberwolves will look to carry some momentum over in this one.
These two teams are sitting in the bottom of the Western Conference, which should lead to a good game on January 13. These two teams are coming off a win in their last game, which they will look to carry momentum over from. I think that these two teams have a chance to turn their season around before it is too late, which makes this an important game to keep an eye on.
The Grizzlies and the Timberwolves met up three times throughout last season. Memphis hosted the first game of the season series on November 6. Andrew Wiggins dropped 30 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Dillon Brooks put up 31 points, while Ja Morant put up 26 points. The Grizzlies earned a 137-121 win.
Minnesota hosted the second game of the season series on December 1. Karl-Anthony Towns put up 21 points and 12 rebounds. It still was not enough for the Timberwolves. Dillon Brooks put up 26 points. The Grizzlies bench combined for 53 points to help lead the Grizzlies to a win. Memphis finished with a 115-107 win on the night.
The Grizzlies hosted the third game of the season series on January 7. Jarrett Culver finished with 24 points, while Jeff Teague put up 18 points off the bench. Dillon Brooks scored 28 points, while Ja Morant finished with 25 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 21 points as well to help lead Memphis to the series sweep. The Grizzlies earned a 119-112 win in this one.
Memphis swept the Timberwolves throughout last season’s series. The Grizzlies won all three games, but Minnesota was in two of them. The Timberwolves will look for their new additions to help them get back to being competitive with Memphis. If Minnesota can come out strong in this one, I think they can knock off the Grizzlies.
Dillon Brooks has stepped up a bit in the absence of Ja Morant. Brooks is averaging 17.5 points per game. Jonas Valanciunas has averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game. Kyle Anderson is averaging 13.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds as well. Brandon Clarke helps round out the lineup, averaging 12.5 points per game.
Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell have both stepped up early in the season for the Timberwolves. Towns has averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds per game. Russell is averaging 20.5 points per game. Malik Beasley has averaged 19.5 points per game, while Anthony Edwards is averaging 13.5 points per game. Naz Reid has also averaged 11 points per game.
These two teams have seen their stars step up early in this season. The Grizzlies have been hit hard with the injury to Ja Morant. Memphis has also been without Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justice Winslow. Karl-Anthony Towns missed Sunday’s game for the Timberwolves, but he will probably be back in this one. If Towns is out though, Minnesota will need quite a few players to step up.
Field Goal Shooting
The Grizzlies have not shot well from the field this season. Memphis has been able to make around 44.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 20th in the league. The Grizzlies have made 33.2 percent of their shots from deep, which is 28th in the NBA. Memphis is also shooting 50.8 percent from inside the arc, which is 21st in the league.
Minnesota has not been much better shooting the ball early in this season. The Timberwolves have also made 44.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 24th in the NBA. Minnesota has also made 33.7 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 5th in the league. The Timberwolves have only made 50.9 percent of their shots in close, which is 20th in the NBA.
These two teams could be doing much better shooting wise this season. The Grizzlies have been a little bit better on defense though this season. Memphis has held opposing teams to a 45.6 percent shooting percentage from the field, which is 15th in the league. The Timberwolves will look to solve some of their shooting woes in this one.
I expect these two teams to try and come out hot in this one as they both need a win. The Timberwolves got swept by the Grizzlies in last season’s series and I think they will try to turn that around in this one. I think Minnesota will come out hot in this one. Memphis is dealing with a lot of injuries, which I think the Timberwolves can exploit.
BetOnline has Minnesota listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. I think that this line is right with it being in Minnesota. The Grizzlies are coming in on a two game winning streak and I do not see that lasting. I think that the Timberwolves can take over early in this one to earn the win.