Last Updated Apr 25, 2022, 4:37 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies Predictions, Picks, Odds
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First-Round NBA Playoff action will resume on Tuesday night with a highly anticipated Game 2 between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies. Coverage begins from FedExForum in Memphis at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV.
Grizzlies 118, Timberwolves 112
Under 241.5 (-110) at BetMGM
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies Predictions
After finishing eighth in the West with a record of 38-34 SU last year, Memphis briefly kept that same ball rolling with another mediocre start to this season, as the Grizzlies opened with a relatively pedestrian 9-10 SU and 10-9 ATS skid – with nine of those losses coming by 10+ PTS.
However, Memphis has arguably been the hottest team in basketball since that opening skid, considering the Grizzlies closed out the regular season with an impressive 47-16 SU and 42-20-1 ATS run – while tallying 117.4 OPPG and allowing just 108.1 DPPG across that stretch.
On the other hand, Minnesota also posted a disappointing start to the season, as the Timberwolves kicked things off with a lackluster 11-15 SU skid – while averaging just 107.7 OPPG during that timeframe.
Minnesota has played excellent since mid-December though, considering the Wolves enter Game 2 riding a sturdy 37-21 SU and 32-23-2 ATS stretch – while yielding lofty averages of 119.6 OPPG and 116.9 DPPG across that window.
I’ll take the under here, as the Grizzlies scored 117 PTS on 45% FG and 26% 3FG during their frustrating double-digit loss in Game 1 (130-117, O 238), and while Memphis certainly wasn’t on its A-game this past Saturday, the Wolves probably won’t replicate their 130-point performance against a Grizzlies squad that ranks fourth in defensive efficiency on the year (1.055 DE).
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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Odds
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Resources
- Matchup: Northwest vs. Southwest
- Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
- Venue: FedExForum
- Location: Memphis, TN
- TV-Time: NBA TV - 8:30 p.m. ET
- Injury Report
- NBA Playoff Betting Central
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Analysis
- SU: 45-40
- ATS: 37-46
- O/U: 43-40
After last year’s lackluster 23-49 SU showing, Minnesota initially kept that same train rolling with another frustrating to this season, as the Timberwolves kicked things off with a frustrating 11-15 SU and ATS skid – with nine of those SU losses coming by 10+ PTS.
The Wolves have admirably flipped the script since December though, considering Minnesota enters Game 2 riding a surprisingly solid 37-21 SU and 33-23-2 ATS stretch, while ranking eighth in the league in offensive efficiency and 13th in defensive efficiency across that window (1.107 OE, 1.080 DE).
Memphis Grizzlies Betting Analysis
- SU: 54-29
- ATS: 47-35-1
- O/U: 49-34
After finishing eighth in the West with a record of 38-34 SU last year, the Grizzlies briefly flew under the radar with a 9-10 SU start to this season, which inevitably led to Memphis getting tagged as underdogs in seven-of-ten matchups to open December. However, Memphis quickly stole the spotlight with a trio of upset victories and a 7-3 SU record across that stretch.
The Grizzlies have absolutely dominated since that point though, considering Memphis enters Tuesday’s Game 2 riding an impressive 47-17 SU and 42-21-1 ATS run – while racking up 117.4 OPPG and allowing just 108.4 DPPG during that timeframe.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies Head-to-Head
The Grizzlies swept a three-game regular-season set against Minnesota last year, with the first and third matchups soaring over the total at a lofty average of 249.5 PPG, while their second meeting stayed under with a score of 120-108 (U 232). However, Memphis and Minnesota split a four-game set 2-2 SU this season, with the first two matchups soaring over the total at an average of 238 PPG – while the ensuing two affairs stayed under at 228.5 PPG. Minnesota quickly gained an edge in the season series with a commanding 130-117 victory in Game 1 though, which soared over the lofty total of OU 238.
Key Players to Watch
- MIN: Karl-Anthony Towns - C (24.6 PPG, 9.8 REB, 3.6 AST)
- MIN: Anthony Edwards - SG (21.3 PPG, 4.8 REB, 3.8 AST)
- MEM: Ja Morant - PG (27.4 PPG, 5.7 REB, 6.7 AST)
- MEM: Jaren Jackson Jr. - C (16.3 PPG, 5.8 REB, 2.3 BLK)
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Conclusion
After running Memphis out of its own building in Saturday’s series-opener (W, 130-117), the Wolves enter Game 2 as seven-point road underdogs against the Grizzlies at FedExForum – which is roughly the same number Memphis was favored by in Game 1 (MIN +6.5).
I’ll take the under here, as the Wolves are 6-6 SU and 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games, despite averaging a lofty 119.1 OPPG during that span – setting the stage for a relatively low-scoring battle against a Grizzlies squad that ranked fourth in the league in defensive efficiency during the regular season (1.055 DE).
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Trends
- The Wolves are 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games.
- The total has gone OVER in five of the last six Grizzlies' games.
- The total has gone OVER in six of the last seven Wolves' games.
- The total has gone OVER in six of the last nine matchups between Memphis and Minnesota.
- The Wolves are 5-15 ATS in their last 20 matchups against Memphis.