Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Utah Jazz Pick – NBA December 31, 2021

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz end the 2021 calendar with a meeting at Vivint Arena. It’s been another standout year for the Jazz. They haven’t been quite up to last year’s standards but still a contender in the Western Conference.

Utah is going into the final game of 2021 with a record of 25-9 and two games behind the Golden State Warriors. The offense has carried on from their production last year, but the defense has lost a step.

It’s not to say that the Jazz can’t go into lockdown mode. And it doesn’t imply that the Jazz doesn’t is bad. They are better than what you’re going to see from most of the NBA.

The Jazz will welcome Donovan Mitchell back to the lineup tonight. Mitchell has been out recently with a back injury.

Since Christmas, he hasn’t played since a 120-116 win over the Dallas Mavericks. That was one win of a five-game winning streak for the Jazz.

After the win, the Jazz beat the Spurs, 110-104, and Trail Blazers on Wednesday, 120-105.

They welcome a Timberwolves team that is going to be shorthanded. This has been a recurring statement over the last few weeks in the NBA.

Teams have to fix their roster on the fly and sign guys off the bench to 10-day contracts. Mario Chalmers was the most notable recent name to get a deal.

The Timberwolves will be without Karl-Anthony Towns this evening. He was placed in healthy and safety protocol last week and remains there for New Year’s Eve. Guard Anthony Edwards is expected to make a return to the Timberwolves tonight, though. That should help.

Head below for our free Timberwolves vs. Jazz prediction on December 31, 2021.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Utah Jazz Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Minnesota Timberwolves +12.5 (-110) +600 Over 222 (-110)
Utah Jazz -12.5 (-110) -800 Under 222 (-110)
Team Data Minnesota Timberwolves Utah Jazz
Overall Record 16-18 25-9
ATS Record 17-17-0 17-17-0
Away/Home Record 6-8 13-6
ATS Away/Home 8-6-0 8-11-0
Points Per Game 108.1 115.9
Points Against Per Game 108.1 115.9
Field Goal % 42.9 47.8
Three Point % 34.0 36.4

Timberwolves vs. Jazz Prediction:

The Timberwolves were hoping to have Karl-Anthony Towns back in the lineup at Utah tonight. However, that’s not going to be possible, which will set up another game for Rudy Gobert to have a big presence.

As expected, Gobert dominated the Trail Blazers without Jusuf Nurkic on the floor. The Jazz went to Gobert early, and the Timberwolves could not contain him. Look for the Jazz to do the same tonight.

Gobert had 22 points on 8-10 shooting from the field. He also hauled in 14 rebounds to lead the Jazz. Once the Jazz got an early advantage, it was a quick KO for the Blazers. If Utah sticks to the same game plan, I don’t see what changes.

The Jazz go into this one leading the NBA with 115.9 points per game and shooting 47.8% from the field. Gobert’s high-percentage attempts around the rim helps put the Jazz at 47.8%.

They lead the league in offensive rebounding as well, again because of Gobert. Their defense hasn’t been as elite as last year, but still in good standing with 105.6 points against per game for seventh in the NBA.


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Utah Jazz Betting Trends:

Timberwolves

  • 10-26 ATS in their previous 36 games on two-day rest
  • 6-15-1 ATS in their previous 22 games on a Friday
  • 4-1 ATS in their previous five games on the road
  • 5-1 ATS in their previous six games as an underdog
  • OVER is 8-3 in their previous 14 games

Jazz

  • 13-2 overall in their previouis their previous 15 games
  • 8-1 overall in their previous nine games versus the Western Conference
  • 1-6 ATS in their previous seven games
  • 0-5 ATS in their previous five games at Utah
  • OVER is 7-2 in thier previous nine games at Utah

Look for the Jazz to keep everything simple in this one. That is likely going to work out well without KAT in the paint. Feed Gobert, and everything should follow for the Jazz.

Minnesota is average enough on defense, and without KAT, Gobert should have his way in this one. The T-Wolves are 20th in the NBA, with 108.8 points allowed per game. On the road, they’ve conceded just under 115 points per game.

Rebounding is going to be a problem without Towns as well. The Timberwolves are 27th in offensive rebounding. That won’t improve in Utah tonight.

On the road, shorthanded on New Year’s Eve, don’t expect the Timberwolves to get up for this matchup. The Jazz look like the play to win convincingly to cover the 12.5 points.

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Kyle E / Author

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