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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Pick & Prediction JAN 15TH 2021

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The Memphis Grizzlies look to extend their season-best winning streak to four games when they attempt to complete a two-game sweep of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night at Minneapolis.

Memphis recorded a 118-107 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday in the first of the back-to-back. The Grizzles set a franchise-record with 80 points in the paint.

Big man Jonas Valanciunas was the main cog in the interior with season highs of 24 points and 16 rebounds.

"One thing we talk about is getting downhill, getting a piece of the paint in a variety of ways and with a variety of different players," Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said. "We've got a lot of guys that can really finish in the paint. That's our M.O. and we know if we can do that, that eventually opens up more looks from the outside that we shoot with confidence."

Memphis is averaging 111.3 points during the winning streak after averaging 92 during a three-game skid that preceded the solid stretch.

Dillon Brooks scored 24 and 21 points during the first two victories before struggling with a 4-of-15 shooting performance and matching his season low with nine points against Minnesota.

However, Memphis reserves combined for 50 points with Grayson Allen (20 points), De'Anthony Melton (15) and Xavier Tillman (12) all establishing season scoring highs.

"It's always been next man up," Allen said. "We just have a bunch of hoopers on this team. It makes it easy to just get different groups in there and just play. We've got a bunch of guys playing the right way, it makes it easy."

Getting a strong effort from the bench has been even more important with star point guard Ja Morant (ankle) out for approximately three weeks.

Minnesota has been ailing most of the season and enters the rematch with eight setbacks in the past nine games.

The Timberwolves led by 10 points entering the fourth quarter on Wednesday before collapsing and being outscored 38-17 over the final 12 minutes.

Star center Karl-Anthony Towns was highly irritated after the defeat.

"It's very frustrating, to say the least," Towns said. "I'm more disappointed with our discipline than our effort. We've got to do better than that in the fourth quarter. We can't have three quarters and be up by 10 and be 'Cool,' like that's now how this NBA works. ...

"But it's the NBA -- No Boys Allowed -- so we've got to be grown ... men and be ready for the next one."

Malik Beasley (28 points), Towns (25 points, 14 rebounds) and D'Angelo Russell (25 points, eight assists) all had solid performances on Wednesday.

But Russell didn't want to hear any chatter about individual performances.

"That's irrelevant. We lost," Russell said. "... We stopped scoring points in the fourth. It's that simple. Stopped getting stops. Stopped scoring."

Beasley is averaging 27 points over the past three games while Towns has produced double-doubles in all four games he has played. He has missed games with an injured wrist.

Russell has tallied 25 or more points in four of the past five games and is averaging 25.4 points during the stretch.

No. 1 overall pick Anthony Edwards has disappeared over the last two games after reaching double digits in eight of his first nine NBA games. Edwards has two points on 1-for-14 shooting over the last two contests.

Defense has been a continual problem for the Timberwolves, who rank 27th in points allowed (118.7) entering Thursday's play. Minnesota has held just one opponent under 100 points and has given up more than 120 in seven consecutive games during one stretch.

The Timberwolves have also lost four straight against the Grizzlies.

--Field Level Media


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Last 10

W 100% L 0%
5 0
  • Sacramento D 0 - 0
  • Sacramento D 0 - 0
  • @Portland D 0 - 0
  • @Portland D 0 - 0
  • Phoenix W 104 - 108
  • Philadelphia W 104 - 106
  • @Minnesota D 0 - 0
  • @Minnesota W 118 - 107
  • @Cleveland W 101 - 91
  • Brooklyn W 110 - 115
W 11% L 89%
1 8
  • Atlanta L 116 - 98
  • Orlando L 97 - 96
  • @Atlanta L 97 - 108
  • Memphis D 0 - 0
  • Memphis L 118 - 107
  • San Antonio W 88 - 96
  • San Antonio L 125 - 122
  • @Portland L 117 - 135
  • @Denver L 116 - 123
  • Denver L 124 - 109

Next Games

  • Sacramento(01-25-21) D 0 - 0
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  • @San Antonio(01-05-19) L 88 - 108
  • New Orleans(01-12-19) W 106 - 110
  • @Golden State(12-10-18) L 108 - 116
  • @Golden State(12-10-18) L 108 - 116
  • Philadelphia(03-30-19) L 118 - 109

Last Meetings

  • Grizzlies @ Timberwolves 0-0
  • Grizzlies @ Timberwolves 118-107
  • Grizzlies @ Timberwolves 123-104
  • Grizzlies @ Timberwolves 107-105
  • Timberwolves @ Grizzlies 112-99
  • Timberwolves @ Grizzlies 106-108
  • Grizzlies @ Timberwolves 97-99
  • Grizzlies @ Timberwolves 100-87
  • Grizzlies @ Timberwolves 94-113
  • Grizzlies @ Timberwolves 101-93

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia 76ers105.667 8-12-4113.8110.3L16-0-4
Brooklyn Nets97.563 7-42-3120.3115.8L16-0-4
Boston Celtics85.615 4-24-3110.6110.1L27-0-3
New York Knicks88.500 3-45-4101.8102.8L55-0-5
Toronto Raptors59.357 4-31-6111.1110.7L14-0-6
Milwaukee Bucks96.600 6-23-4119.5110.7L27-0-3
Indiana Pacers86.571 4-44-2112.9110.8L25-0-5
Cleveland Cavaliers77.500 4-33-4102.9106.1L34-0-6
Chicago Bulls68.429 2-34-5117.4120.0L45-0-5
Detroit Pistons311.214 2-51-6109.4114.3L23-0-7

Western Conference

Utah Jazz114.733 4-27-2112.3106.0L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers86.571 4-44-2114.9115.9L16-0-4
Denver Nuggets77.500 4-53-2115.6111.7L16-0-4
Oklahoma City Thunder67.462 1-55-2105.6112.6L15-0-5
Minnesota Timberwolves310.231 2-51-5106.8116.2L31-0-9
Los Angeles Lakers124.750 4-48-0115.1105.2L18-0-2
Los Angeles Clippers114.733 6-25-2114.9107.8L17-0-3
Phoenix Suns85.615 3-15-4109.8106.5L26-0-4
Golden State Warriors87.533 5-43-3111.7114.3L16-0-4
Sacramento Kings510.333 4-61-4113.1123.0L42-0-8

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Hawks77.500 4-33-4112.0109.6L24-0-6
Orlando Magic78.467 3-34-5104.0109.7L63-0-7
Miami Heat67.462 4-32-4110.3112.9L35-0-5
Charlotte Hornets68.429 3-33-5107.6108.1L34-0-6
Washington Wizards38.273 1-52-3120.5121.3L33-0-7

Western Conference

San Antonio Spurs87.533 2-46-3110.3110.5L16-0-4
Memphis Grizzlies76.538 3-54-1106.6107.3L36-0-4
Dallas Mavericks77.500 2-25-5108.6107.2L36-0-4
New Orleans Pelicans59.357 2-33-6108.1110.9L23-0-7
Houston Rockets49.308 3-41-5109.6112.4L33-0-7

Last Injuries

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Karl-Anthony Towns

    Early Feb | out

    Towns is battling a wrist injury and has tested positive for COVID-19, and he is not expected back until the beginning of February.

  • Juancho Hernangomez

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Hernangomez is taking part in the league's health and safety protocols, and it is uncertain if he will dress for Saturday's tilt with the Pelicans.

  • Jake Layman

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Layman has missed the previous three games while tending to a personal matter, and it is unknown if he will face the Hawks on Friday.

  • Josh Okogie

    Prob Fri | probable

    Okogie is expected to suit up against the Hawks on Friday despite a hamstring injury.

  • Ricky Rubio

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Rubio is going through the league's health and safety protocols, and it is unknown if he will face the Hawks on Friday.

  • Josh Okogie

    Prob Wed | probable

    Okogie is expected to play Wednesday against the Magic despite a left hamstring strain.

  • Josh Okogie

    Prob Mon | probable

    Okogie is dealing with a hamstring injury, but he is expected to take on the Hawks on Monday.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns

    Prob Wed | probable

    Towns is recovering from a dislocated left wrist, but he is projected to line up against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Jonas Valanciunas

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Valanciunas is following the league-mandated health and safety protocol, and it is unclear if he will be available for Wednesday's contest with the Bulls.

  • Ja Morant

    Prob Sat | probable

    Morant has been out of commission with a Grade 2 left ankle sprain, but he will be in the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the 76ers.

  • Killian Tillie

    Prob Sat | probable

    Tillie has been absent from the lineup with a right hamstring strain, but he is available to debut against the 76ers on Saturday.

  • John Konchar

    Out indefinitely | out

    Konchar is sidelined with a left ankle sprain, and a timetable for recovery has yet to be established.

Memphis vs. Minnesota Recap JAN 13TH 2021

Karl-Anthony Towns hit a 20-foot jump shot at the buzzer, and the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a 99-97 victory over the Grizzlies on Wednesday in Minneapolis, sending Memphis to its eighth consecutive road defeat.

Towns had 16 points and 10 rebounds while Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points and handed out a career-high 12 assists for Minnesota.

Andrew Wiggins, who scored 12 points for the Wolves, missed a 21-foot jumper with three seconds remaining in overtime. Towns grabbed the rebound on the wing and got off his game-winning shot just before time expired.

Mike Conley scored 26 points and Marc Gasol added 19 for the Grizzlies, who have lost 10 of their past 11 games. Kyle Anderson added 14 points for Memphis, and Ivan Rabb had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Bayless had two shots to give the Wolves the lead in the closing seconds of regulation, finally missing a 20-foot jumper from the wing to send the game into overtime.

Taj Gibson, Gorgui Dieng and Anthony Tolliver each scored 10 points for the Timberwolves, who ended a two-game losing streak and improved to 6-5 under interim head coach Ryan Saunders, who took after Tom Thibodeau was fired earlier this month.

The Wolves held a 24-16 lead after one quarter despite having Towns on the floor for just three minutes because of two quick fouls. Conley was 3 of 4 from the field in the opening quarter, scoring eight points, with the rest of the Grizzlies going 3 of 15.

After trailing by as many as 17 points in the second quarter, the Grizzlies closed out the first half on a 26-9 run to tie the score 44-44 going into halftime. Towns was scoreless in the first half, just the ninth time in his career he did not score in any half.

Overall, Memphis guard Justin Holiday went 0-for-10 from the field in 23 minutes, while Grizzlies rookie center Jaren Jackson Jr. fouled out in 22 minutes of action. Jackson scored nine points.

Bayless, who has received more playing time under Saunders, recorded his first double-double since November 2015.

--Field Level Media