NBA Betting Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves – Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021

The Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves are scheduled for an 8:00PM ET tipoff inside Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’ll be the Grizzlies’ 5th matchup on the road this season (3-1) and the Timberwolves’ 6th game at home this season (2-3). It should be an exciting matchup.

The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off two-straight victories, a 115-110 win over the Brooklyn Nets and a 101-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. They can make it three-straight with a win against the Timberwolves, but it won’t come easy. At least they’re healthy, minus Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Justise Winslow..

On the other half of the court, the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to win their second game in a row after a 96-88 victory against the San Antonio Spurs. That win was much-needed as it put an end to a miserable 7-game losing streak. They have Josh Okogie listed as day-to-day.

Memphis Grizzlies Betting Preview: Can the Grizzlies win their third in a row?

The Memphis Grizzlies opened the season with high hopes, especially after a successful season last year in Ja Morant’s first season in the league. Unfortunately, an early injury to Ja Morant derailed those plans with the team already missing Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justise Winslow.

With those three out, the Grizzlies are led by Dillon Brooks and Jonas Valanciunas. Brooks is averaging 17.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.6 steals per game, while Valanciunas is averaging 14.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game this season.

Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Preview: Will the Timberwolves win their second-straight?

The Minnesota Timberwolves opened the season with a 2-0 record and everything looked fine, but then they lost 7-straight (which included a 36-point, 23-point, 21-point, 15-point, and 18-point loss). They finally snapped that losing streak and have a chance to turn it into a win-streak on Wednesday night.

It’ll be difficult without Karl-Anthony Towns, but it’s possible. In his absence, the Timberwolves are led by D’Angelo Russell, who is averaging 20.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. Behind him, Malik Beasley is having an impressive season with 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists this year.

Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves Betting Odds & Lines

Will the Grizzlies make it three-straight on Wednesday or will the Timberwolves win their second straight? BetOnline has the Minnesota Timberwolves (-115) with the 3-point advantage over the Memphis Grizzlies (-105). They also have the over/under listed at 220.5 total points.

Free Betting Pick

The Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves are both desperate for wins. The Grizzlies have just a 4-6 record and the Timberwolves have a worse 3-7 record. If they want to turn their seasons around, it has to happen sooner rather than later — especially considering the season is already shortened.

With the injuries that have haunted these two teams, I think this will be a very close one. Don’t expect a whole lot of offense in this one, but expect it to be chippy and exciting. I’ve got the Timberwolves taking it behind a solid performance from rookie Anthony Edwards, something they’ve been waiting to see from him.

Final Score Prediction 105-99, Minnesota Timberwolves.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves (-3)

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