Free NBA Picks Today: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Portland Trail Blazers 4/2/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Portland Trail Blazers 4/2/23
Sun 2nd April 2023

The Portland Trail Blazers (32-45, 15-22 Away) will try to slow down one of the league’s top shooting teams when they are on the road to face the Minnesota Timberwolves (39-39, 21-18 Home) on Sunday. Portland was blown out by the Sacramento Kings 138-114 at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter on Friday, their fifth consecutive loss.

With 27 points, Shaedon Sharpe was the leading scorer in the losing effort. Drew Eubanks chipped in with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Trail Blazers are the 13th seed in the Western Conference. Minnesota fell short on Friday at Target Center, falling to the Los Angeles Lakers 123-111.

Mike Conley had 25 points and seven assists in the loss, carrying the team. The Timberwolves are seventh in the Western Conference. The teams are meeting for the last time this season.

Minnesota will be looking to even the season series after taking only one of the three earlier games, including a 113-106 victory at Target Center on January 4.

Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 32 points, while Rudy Gobert played a key role with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. Damian Lillard had 27 points in defeat. The Blazers have been led this season by Lillard, who is averaging 32.2 points per game, third-highest in the league.

Lillard also has dished 7.3 assists per game, 10th-most in the league. Meanwhile, Eubanks is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. Edwards’ 24.4 points per game have powered the T’Wolves on offense. Gobert is posting 11.7 rebounds per game, fourth-most in the NBA, and Kyle Anderson is recording 4.8 assists.

The Timberwolves are one of the most accurate field goal shooting teams in the league, ranking fifth at 49.0%.The Trail Blazers are only 2-8 in their last 10 trips to Target Center. Portland is 1-9 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -18.2 (105.0-123.2).

For the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 113.4 points per game, compared to 116.6 for opponents. Minnesota has split the last 10 (5-5), allowing 117.9 points per game on average while scoring only 117.0 (-0.9 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Shaedon Sharpe: 33.4 | 12.9 | +20.5
Cam Reddish: 8.7 | 13.3 | -4.6
Points per game:
Shaedon Sharpe: 24.4 | 9.2 | +15.2
Cam Reddish: 6.3 | 9.7 | -3.3
Rebounds per game:
Drew Eubanks: 8.2 | 5.3 | +2.9


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Naz Reid: 27.5 | 17.5 | +10.0
Jaylen Nowell: 10.5 | 15.5 | -5.0
Points per game:
Mike Conley: 14.6 | 11.6 | +3.0
Anthony Edwards: 18.0 | 24.4 | -6.4
Rebounds per game:
Anthony Edwards: 3.3 | 5.7 | -2.5
Assists per game:
Mike Conley: 4.4 | 6.8 | -2.4

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Minnesota Timberwolves -17.5 (-105)

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