Free NBA Picks Today: Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves 12/9/22

Free NBA Picks Today: Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves 12/9/22
Fri 9th December 2022

The Utah Jazz (15-12, 9-4 Home), one of the league’s top scoring teams, welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves (12-12, 5-5 Away) on Friday. Minnesota topped the Indiana Pacers 121-115 at Target Center on Wednesday. With 28 points, D’Angelo Russell was the scoring leader. Anthony Edwards added 26 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and six steals.

The Timberwolves are 11th in the Western Conference. Utah won a close one on Wednesday at Vivint Arena, beating the Golden State Warriors 124-123. Jordan Clarkson had 22 points and nine assists to lead the team. The Jazz are eighth in the Western Conference.

It’s the final meeting of the season between the teams. After taking the only earlier season game against Minnesota 132-126 in overtime at Target Center on October 21, Utah will be aiming for a season sweep. Clarkson led the Jazz with 29 points and six assists.

Edwards had 30 points in defeat. The T’Wolves have been led this season by Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns, who are averaging 23.1 and 20.8 points per game, respectively.

Both are among the league’s top scorers, as Edwards is No. 1 and Towns is first. Meanwhile, Rudy Gobert is grabbing 11.9 rebounds per game, most in the NBA, and Russell is dishing 6.6 assists (1st).

Lauri Markkanen (22.2 ppg) and Clarkson (19.8) have been the primary providers of the Jazz’s offense. Markkanen leads the NBA in scoring, while Clarkson is first.

Markkanen also has pulled down 8.5 rebounds per game, most in the league, while Clarkson has doled out 4.9 assists per game, most in the league.

The Jazz are averaging 117.9 points per game, ranking as one of the highest-scoring offenses in the league (3rd). The Jazz have had the advantage in the last 10 meetings between the teams at Vivint Arena, winning six.

In the last 10 games, Minnesota is 6-4 with an average margin of +0.6 (116.5-115.9). Utah has a 4-6 record over the last 10, allowing 118.5 points per game on average while scoring only 118.4 (-0.1 margin).

TIMBERWOLVES HOT/COLD

(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Jaylen Nowell: 26.2 | 16.5 | +9.7
Karl-Anthony Towns: 21.5 | 34.2 | -12.7
Points per game:
Jaylen Nowell: 19.6 | 11.6 | +8.0
Karl-Anthony Towns: 14.5 | 20.8 | -6.3
Rebounds per game:
Karl-Anthony Towns: 3.0 | 8.2 | -5.2

JAZZ HOT/COLD

(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Walker Kessler: 16.6 | 12.1 | +4.5
Points per game:
Collin Sexton: 18.4 | 14.3 | +4.1
Rebounds per game:
Walker Kessler: 7.6 | 5.5 | +2.1

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Minnesota Timberwolves (+100)

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