Can Jazz Extend Timberwolves Woes?
The Minnesota Timberwolves were just blown out of the water by the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. They were smoked by 34 points and now wind up a back-to-back set with the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz got a day off to soak in their double-digit defeat to the Dallas Mavericks and they’ll enter on a two-game losing streak. Which of these two teams is the best option versus the NBA betting odds on Wednesday?
Let’s check the latest NBA news, stats, injury report, and NBA lines for Timberwolves vs Jazz. We’ve got plenty of NBA picks for you to consider.
Wolves Run Off the Floor
Minnesota doesn’t just need to bounce back after last night. After getting wrecked like that, the Timberwolves need to completely change their preparation. They were losing 49-19 by the end of the first quarter while allowing the Nuggets to go on a ridiculous 32-2 run.
Anthony Edwards tried to keep them in the game with 19 points but it mattered very little. It also didn’t help that D’Angelo Russell was ejected in the third quarter after receiving his second technical foul and Karl-Anthony Towns remained out of the lineup.
Coming into this road matchup with Utah, they will have to do better. Towns is still not available and Austin Rivers will keep serving his suspension after the fight in Orlando. With them out, Edwards and Russell will lead the offensive charge.
Utah wasn’t blown out like the Timberwolves but its double-digit loss was equally as bad. The Jazz were stomped by a Dallas Mavericks team without Kyrie Irving or Luka Doncic available, letting Josh Green and Jaden Hardy both score career highs.
When they were talking about their performances after the game, the Mavs claimed that the Jazz didn’t take them seriously and were late coming out to warm up.
Those who bet online know that this roster is incredibly young, though, so it’s fair to say that the Jazz are still developing and learning on the job.
Lauri Markkanen has been the most surprising by far. He is averaging 24.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists as the primary offensive option alongside Jordan Clarkson.
His numbers are fairly close to All-Star potential. If Minnesota lets him or Clarkson cook, it might have another tough night.
Timberwolves vs Jazz Game Injuries
Timberwolves vs Jazz Head-to-Head
We got to see these two teams meet up three times this season, with Utah winning two out of the three.
Timberwolves vs Jazz Information
- Game: Timberwolves (29-28) vs Jazz (27-28)
- Location: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 9:00 p.m. ET
- Timberwolves vs Jazz Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Timberwolves vs Jazz Betting Lines
Timberwolves vs Jazz Picks & Prediction
The Jazz are listed as the home favorite in the sportsbook. Both were beaten pretty badly in their previous games but the matchups between these teams have been close all season.
Utah has won two out of the three games against Minnesota and the Timberwolves are limited personnel-wise.
Minnesota is just 9-16 on the road while the Jazz are 18-11 at home. Take the Jazz with your NBA picks.
Utah is listed at -220 in our Vegas lines. So, if you wager $100 on the Jazz, there’s a chance to win $45. Minnesota is +180, with a chance to win $180 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Jazz a 68.75% chance to win, with the Timberwolves at 35.71%.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.
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Timberwolves vs Jazz Previous Game (Dec. 09, 2022)
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz agreed to a trade surrounding Rudy Gobert over the summer, as it was widely expected that the Timberwolves would make the leap into contention while the Jazz bottom out for a crack at the first pick in the NBA Draft.
However, it hasn’t quite worked out that way yet, as the Jazz appear to have a legitimate shot of making the playoffs again, whereas the Timberwolves may have to fight their way in.
The Utah Jazz have played great basketball all season long, especially at home, as they’re 9-4 when playing in front of their passionate fans.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been able to tread water despite losing their best player in Karl-Anthony Towns, but there’s no doubt they’re a stronger unit with him playing than not.