Free NBA Picks Today: Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves 2/8/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves 2/8/23
Wed 8th February 2023

The Minnesota Timberwolves (29-28, 9-16 Away) will try to slow down one of the NBA’s top scoring teams when they travel to face the Utah Jazz (27-28, 18-11 Home) on Wednesday. Minnesota is playing the second of a back-to-back after being dominated by the Denver Nuggets 146-112 at Ball Arena yesterday.

Luka Garza was a top performer in the loss with 19 points and nine rebounds. The Timberwolves are seventh in the Western Conference. Utah lost on Monday at Vivint Arena, falling to the Dallas Mavericks 124-111.

Jordan Clarkson recorded 26 points to lead the team in scoring in the losing effort. With 13 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks, Walker Kessler also had a strong game.

The Jazz are the 10th seed in the Western Conference.It’s the final meeting of the season between the teams. Minnesota will be looking to level the season series after earning the win in only one of the three prior matchups.

Utah won the most recent showdown 126-125 at Target Center on January 16. Anthony Edwards led the game in scoring with 29 points in the loss.

Clarkson had 21 points for the Jazz, while Kessler added 20 points, 21 rebounds, and four assists. The T’Wolves have been led this season by Edwards, who is averaging 24.6 points per game.

Meanwhile, Rudy Gobert is grabbing 11.4 rebounds per game, fourth-most in the NBA, and D’Angelo Russell is dishing 6.2 assists. Lauri Markkanen (24.8 ppg) and Clarkson (21.1) have supplied much of the Jazz’s offense.

Markkanen also has posted 8.7 rebounds per game. Mike Conley has distributed 7.7 assists per game. The Jazz are averaging 117.5 points per game, ranking as one of the highest-scoring offenses in the NBA (4th).The teams have split their last 10 matchups at Vivint Arena (5-5).

Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are 5-4 this season when playing the second of a back-to-back and 5-2 in such games against opponents with at least a day of rest.

The Jazz are 3-4 with a rest advantage. In the last 10 games, Minnesota is 6-4 with an average margin of +1.8 (115.6-113.8). Utah has split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 117.7 points per game on average while allowing 116.6 (+1.1 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Rebounds per game:
Rudy Gobert: 8.5 | 11.4 | -2.9


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
Kelly Olynyk: 5.5 | 11.5 | -6.0
Assists per game:
Mike Conley: 9.6 | 7.7 | +1.9

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Utah Jazz (-210)

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