The Utah Jazz continue their home-stand as they host the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night. It’ll be a first of two matchups with Minny this weekend as they face the Timberwolves on the road on Sunday.
Let’s take a closer look at where the value is at in this match.
Team to Win (Regular Time)
• Utah Jazz to win: 1.17
• Minnesota Timberwolves to win: 5.65
• Utah Jazz -9.5: 1.87
• Minnesota Timberwolves +9.5: 2.02
• Over 221.5: 1.90
• Under 221.5: 1.98
Keep it Going: The Jazz are hoping guard Donovan Mitchell can build off his performance vs the Blazers Monday night when he finished with a game-high 34 points in 34 minutes of action. Mitchel has had a tendency of getting off to hot starts before cooling off in the second half; it’ll be interested to see if that trend continues or if he’s able to establish a bit more consistency.
Turnaround: After starting off the season poorly, the Jazz have won eight of their last 10 get back into the thick of things in the Western Conference. They’ve also won nine of their last 11 at home, ahead of Wednesday night’s match vs Denver.
Back-to-Back: Minnesota will have some tired legs as they play a road back-to-back vs the Lakers and the Jazz, respectively.
Mr. Consistency: Towns has been consistent this season, missing zero games so far through 48 games. He’s averaging 23.6 points per game along with 13.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks on 46% percent shooting.
Karl-Anthony Towns is projected to lead Minnesota with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and 2 TOs.
For Utah, Donovan Mitchell is projected to finish with 26 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 TOs.
Jazz to win at home, but Minny covers a 9.5-point spread.
Utah wins 77-to-78 percent of AccuScore simulated matches. The average score in sims is 118-109, in favor of the Jazz. Minnesota covers a 9.5-point spread in over 70 percent of simulations. AccuScore sims project this matchup to be a bit closer than offshore picks indicate.