Game 5 of the Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Western Conference playoff series was one of the most entertaining postseason games in recent history, won by Memphis for a 3-2 lead. The Grizzlies look to finish things off in Game 6 Friday in the Twin Cities.
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Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves Game 6 Information
- When: Friday, April 29, 2022, 9:00 PM ET
- Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: ESPN 92.9 FM (Grizzlies) / KFAN FM 100.3 (Timberwolves)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Grizzlies (-1) / Timberwolves (+1)
Why Bet on the Memphis Grizzlies?
Ja Morant was already a big star in the NBA but his profile skyrocketed in the Grizzlies’ last-second comeback 111-109 win in Game 5 on Tuesday. Morant had one of the best dunks in league history in the third quarter over Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley.
And in the fourth quarter in which Morant played all 12 minutes, he staged an individual comeback and sparked a teamwide one, as the Grizzlies outscored the Timberwolves 37-24. Sixteen of Morant’s 18 fourth-quarter points came in the game’s final six minutes, including the winning layup with about a second left.
With the score tied at 109-109 with 3.7 seconds remaining after an Anthony Edwards 3-pointer, Morant took the inbounds pass and drove to the lane, flying through the paint and lifting a left-handed layup into the bucket.
If there’s one beef with Morant, he entered Game 5 having missed 10 free throws in the series. He proceeded to miss six more Tuesday. He made the ones he needed to when it counted, though, shooting 9-of-10 from the line in the fourth quarter. Morant finished with 30 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists to go with three steals.
It was another disappointing loss for the Timberwolves after previously blowing a 26-point lead in Game 3. With the 13-point comeback in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies became the first team in NBA history to have multiple wins in a single playoff series in which they trailed by double-digits entering the fourth quarter.
Memphis outscored the Timberwolves 23-6 in second chance points and 62-38 in points in the paint. Memphis led the league in both categories during the regular season. The Grizzlies outrebounded the Timberwolves 53-42 overall and 18-6 on the offensive glass. Memphis shot 15% from 3-point range in the first three quarters before draining 4-of-8 threes in their fourth quarter comeback.
Edwards finished with 22 points for Minnesota and the second-biggest shot of Game 5, as his corner three with 3.7 seconds remaining tied the score at 109. But he made the mistake of gambling for a steal on Memphis’ ensuing possession, which led to Morant converting the game-winning layup.
“I had already had my mind made up that I was going to try and steal it. Dumb mistake,” Edwards said. “It’s over, though, so can’t do nothing about it.”
Edwards didn’t grab a single defensive rebound or hand out a single assist all night. He also failed to record any steals or blocks while committing five fouls.
Why Bet on the Minnesota Timberwolves?
Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Towns wound up in early foul trouble Tuesday night, but still managed to record his second double-double in as many games. Towns had nine points and four rebounds in the final quarter but he had two turnovers and two fouls as well. He also shot just 2-of-6 from the field.
KAT was responsible for a team-high seven turnovers, but he wasn’t the only Timberwolves player to struggle with the specific issue. Minnesota finished with 22 as a team.
The struggles of D’Angelo Russell continued. In Game 5, Russell managed just 12 points, eight assists, and two rebounds in 38 minutes while shooting 4-of-10 from the field. He committed four turnovers and missed a go-ahead attempt in the final minute.
Minnesota was whistled for 11 fouls in the fourth. Memphis shot 17 free throws and had eight offensive rebounds in the quarter, seven of them from Brandon Clarke.
In the fourth quarters of the series, the Grizzlies have outscored the Timberwolves, 158-114. That includes the 37-12 wipeout in Game 3. The only fourth quarter the Wolves have won this season happened with a 33-28 advantage in Game 1.
“All credit to Memphis. They hang strong. They don’t beat themselves,” Wolves coach Chris Finch said. “We’ve got to do a better job of making all the little plays when it matters most.”
Mavericks vs. Jazz Betting Trends
- Grizzlies are 2-6-1 ATS in the last 9 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Grizzlies are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 road games.
- The total went under in 5 of Memphis’ last 7 games on the road.
- Timberwolves are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 home games vs. a team with a winning road record./li>
- Timberwolves are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 games overall.
- The total went under in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games.
Mavericks vs. Jazz Expert Betting Prediction
Wolves force Game 7.
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