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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Boston Celtics Pick & Prediction APR 9TH 2021

FinishedTV: BSN | NBCSBTD Garden Boston

507Minnesota Timberwolves
508Boston Celtics

OP
228
-9
CU
228.5o -110
-8.5 -110
ML
320
-390
Partials
1 2 3 4 Extra
39 27 31 27 12
25 32 35 32 21
Score
136
145
Recap

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Minnesota vs. Boston Recap APR 9TH 2021

Boston's Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 35 points and Terry Rozier got the start for an injured Kyrie Irving and scored 16 points on Wednesday to lead the Celtics to a 115-102 home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Irving suffered a right eye injury in a loss to San Antonio on New Year's Eve and his status remains day-to-day. Minnesota also was short-handed without Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose and Robert Covington dressing.

Hayward connected on 14 of 18 shots and went 4-for-7 from 3-point range, including a 27-footer from the top of the key with 4:37 left that put the Celtics up 106-92 after Minnesota had cut a 21-point deficit to six.

In the teams' first meeting, Hayward scored 30 points in a Celtics' 118-109 win on Dec. 1.

Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with a season-high 31 points. Karl-Anthony Towns finished 28 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

Minnesota came alive in the third quarter after the Celtics had grabbed a 60-42 halftime lead. The Timberwolves cut the deficit to 77-67 on a Towns' 26-foot, 3-pointer.

Boston's Marcus Smart sprained his shoulder in a collision with Towns early in the third with the Celtics up 18. When he returned, the Celtics were up only 85-74.

Towns scored 20 third-quarter points and the Timberwolves trailed just 87-81 heading into the fourth quarter.

Marcus Morris also injured his shoulder on a driving layup in the fourth. Morris left the game and did not return.

Boston shot 61.5 percent from the field in the first half and went 8-for-17 from 3-point range. Minnesota was a dreadful 41 percent from the field and only 3 of 10 from beyond the arc in the first 24 minutes.

The Timberwolves looked like they still were dragging from a New Year's Eve loss to New Orleans as the Celtics went on a 16-0 second-quarter run to go up 47-27.

Hayward's 23-foot, 3-point jumper ignited the rally that saw Minnesota miss nine straight shots and turn the ball over four times.

Tyus Jones ended the drought with a 12-foot jumper, but Hayward answered with another 3 to give the Celtics a 21-point lead.

--Field Level Media

 

Jayson Tatum scored 35 of his career-high 53 points in the second half as the Boston Celtics erased a 17-point deficit to outlast the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 145-136 in overtime Friday night.

Tatum shot 16-of-25 from the field, had six 3-pointers and added 10 rebounds as the Celtics won for the fourth time in five games. Jaylen Brown scored 26 points and Marcus Smart 24 points and eight assists.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to lead the league-worst Timberwolves, who rallied from down 11 with 2:51 left in regulation to force overtime. D'Angelo Russell scored 26 with eight assists and Anthony Edwards had 24 points.

Boston led 122-111 before 3-pointers from Towns and Russell helped Minnesota get within three. The visitors knotted the score at 124 on another Russell trey that banked in with 9.7 seconds remaining, and Tatum missed a chance at a game-winner at the buzzer.

Brown and Kemba Walker drained back-to-back threes to put the Celtics up 132-127 in the extra period. Walker hit again from deep, and three free throws from Tatum had Boston ahead 138-132. Minnesota got no closer than five the rest of the way.

The Timberwolves began the third quarter on a 13-5 run for their largest lead of the game at 79-62. Trailing 87-74, the Celtics got within two following a 16-5 stretch, during which Tatum scored 13 straight points. The Celtics entered the fourth down 97-92.

Boston grabbed its first lead since 7:35 of the first when Walker hit a pair of free throws for a 101-100 margin with 8:21 to go. Payton Pritchard and Tatum followed with threes, and the Celtics stretched their advantage to seven.

The Timberwolves led 66-57 after a disastrous first half for the Celtics. Boston turned the ball over 12 times, and Minnesota took advantage, shooting 26-of-47 (55.3 percent) from the field.

The Timberwolves were up 26-22 with 2:09 remaining in the first before ending the quarter on a 13-3 run. The Celtics didn't get back within single digits until Tatum hit a 3-pointer with 7:58 left in the half to trim the margin to 49-40.

--Field Level Media

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W 33% L 67%
3 6
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  • Brooklyn D 0 - 0
  • Chicago W 117 - 121
  • @Boston L 136 - 145
  • @Indiana L 137 - 141
  • Sacramento W 106 - 116
  • @Philadelphia L 113 - 122
  • @Memphis L 108 - 120
  • New York W 101 - 102
W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • @Portland W 116 - 115
  • @Denver W 105 - 87
  • Minnesota W 136 - 145
  • New York W 99 - 101
  • Philadelphia L 106 - 96
  • Charlotte W 86 - 116
  • Houston W 102 - 118
  • Dallas L 113 - 108
  • New Orleans L 115 - 109
  • @Oklahoma City W 111 - 94

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Last Meetings

  • Timberwolves @ Celtics 136-145
  • Timberwolves @ Celtics 102-115
  • Celtics @ Timberwolves 118-109
  • Celtics @ Timberwolves 117-109
  • Timberwolves @ Celtics 84-91
  • Timberwolves @ Celtics 104-117
  • Celtics @ Timberwolves 99-93
  • Celtics @ Timberwolves 122-124
  • Timberwolves @ Celtics 99-113
  • Celtics @ Timberwolves 98-110

Eastern Conference

NBA AtlanticWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Philadelphia 76ers3817.691 21-517-12113.9108.5L16-0-4
Brooklyn Nets3718.673 22-715-11118.8114.2L17-0-3
Boston Celtics2926.527 17-1012-16112.4110.4L17-0-3
New York Knicks2927.518 17-1012-17105.6104.3L25-0-5
Toronto Raptors2234.393 12-1510-19112.0111.6L24-0-6
NBA CentralWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Milwaukee Bucks3420.630 18-816-12119.2112.7L35-0-5
Indiana Pacers2628.481 9-1617-12113.9114.1L15-0-5
Chicago Bulls2232.407 10-1712-15112.2113.6L43-0-7
Cleveland Cavaliers2034.370 11-159-19103.9111.0L23-0-7
Detroit Pistons1639.291 9-167-23107.7111.4L34-0-6

Western Conference

NBA NorthwestWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Utah Jazz4114.745 25-316-11117.0107.5L17-0-3
Denver Nuggets3520.636 19-1016-10115.1110.0L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3123.574 16-1215-11114.7114.9L25-0-5
Oklahoma City Thunder2035.364 9-2011-15105.3114.3L81-0-9
Minnesota Timberwolves1442.250 9-195-23110.1118.1L23-0-7
NBA PacificWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Phoenix Suns3915.722 22-817-7114.8107.7L19-0-1
Los Angeles Clippers3918.684 22-817-10115.0108.2L28-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3421.618 16-1118-10109.8105.6L16-0-4
Golden State Warriors2728.491 17-1010-18112.9113.7L15-0-5
Sacramento Kings2233.400 12-1610-17114.2118.7L82-0-8

Eastern Conference

NBA SoutheastWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Atlanta Hawks3025.545 14-1016-15113.3111.2L17-0-3
Miami Heat2827.509 15-1313-14106.2107.5L26-0-4
Charlotte Hornets2727.500 13-1214-15110.2111.3L34-0-6
Washington Wizards2133.389 10-1611-17113.8118.6L15-0-5
Orlando Magic1837.327 10-198-18104.3112.0L63-0-7

Western Conference

NBA SouthwestWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Dallas Mavericks3024.556 13-1217-12111.4109.7L27-0-3
Memphis Grizzlies2726.509 13-1614-10112.9111.6L16-0-4
San Antonio Spurs2627.491 12-1714-10110.7112.0L13-0-7
New Orleans Pelicans2530.455 16-149-16114.5114.9L15-0-5
Houston Rockets1441.255 7-207-21108.3114.8L41-0-9

Last Injuries

Boston Celtics

  • Jayson Tatum

    Illness
    Prob Sun | probable

    Tatum is ailing from an illness, but it anticipated that he will suit up for Sunday's tilt with the Nuggets.

  • Jaylen Brown

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Brown is dealing with left knee soreness, but it is likely that he will take on the Nuggets on Sunday.

  • Daniel Theis

    Personal
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Theis missed the last game while tending to a personal matter, but it is likely that he will be available against the Raptors on Thursday.

  • Jaylen Brown

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Brown was lifted from the previous game due to a left knee contusion, but he is expected to dress for Sunday's matchup versus the Hornets.

  • Romeo Langford

    Illness
    Prob Sun | probable

    Langford has missed the last two games going through the NBA's health and safety protocols, but it is likely that he will suit up against the Hornets on Sunday.

  • Jeff Teague

    Illness
    Prob Fri | probable

    Teague is going through the NBA's health and safety protocols, but it is likely that he will suit up against the Trail Blazers on Friday.

  • Robert Williams III

    Illness
    Prob Fri | probable

    Williams III missed the last contest dealing with an illness, but it is anticipated that he will be in the lineup on Friday versus the Rockets.

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Karl-Anthony Towns

    Personal
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Towns has missed the last two games while tending to a personal matter, and it is unknown if he will be available for Friday's battle with the Heat.

  • Jaylen Nowell

    Leg
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Nowell has missed the previous four contests with a right tibia contusion, and it is unclear if he will he will face the Nets on Tuesday.

  • Malik Beasley

    Hamstring
    Late May | out

    Beasley is sidelined with a Grade 3 left hamstring strain, and he is expected to miss four to six weeks.

  • Josh Okogie

    Personal
    Prob Fri | probable

    Okogie missed the last game tending to a personal matter, but it is likely that he will be available for Friday's matchup with the Celtics.

  • Ricky Rubio

    Back
    Doub Mon | doubtful

    Rubio has sat out the last two contests with back spasms, but he is expected to take on the Kings on Monday.

  • Josh Okogie

    Illness
    Prob Fri | probable

    Okogie has been sidelined while going through the NBA's health and safety protocols, but he is expected to return against the Grizzlies on Friday.