The Minnesota Timberwolves once again fell to a 4th quarter overhaul at the hands of the Ja Morant-led Memphis Grizzlies for the second time in the series. The Timberwolves are down 3-2 in the series and this puts them in a win or go home situation as they play at home in game 6.
The match starts at 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, 29 April 2022. The game time by GMT is 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30. The match venue is Target Center, Minneapolis, MN.
Betting tips and match predictions for the Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies (April 29) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies latest odds on betting sites
The Minnesota Timberwolves money line odds are priced at 1.95 (-105 American; 20/21 Fractional), while the Memphis Grizzlies money line odds are priced at 1.86 (-116; 25/29). This equals approximate probabilities of 51% against 49% respectively.
- Over 229.0 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Under 229.0 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Minnesota Timberwolves +1.0: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Memphis Grizzlies -1.0: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies match preview and statistics
The Timberwolves in game 5 blew an 11 point lead heading into the fourth quarter and this can be attributed mainly to the 22 turnovers they had in the game and also their inability to get offensive rebounds, especially in the 4th quarter. They had a total of 6 offensive rebounds, compared to the Grizzlies’ 18 offensive rebounds.
Karl-Anthony Towns led the team in scoring with 28 points, 12 rebounds double-double, and got 3 steals and 2 blocks while Anthony Edwards followed up with 22 points, shooting 8 of 20.
D’Angelo Russell scored 12 points, got 8 assists and 2 steals and Taurean Prince from the bench added 10 points and 3 boards.
Naz Reid and Malik Beasley both from the bench, dropped 9 and 8 points respectively.
Team statistics: 37/83 (44.6%) field goals, 14/33 (42.4%) 3 pointers, 21/24 (87.5%) free throws, 25 assists, 42 total rebounds, 9 steals, 7 blocks, 22 turnovers, 29 fouls.
Minnesota Timberwolves team news: No injury reported.
The Grizzlies were able to close out game 5 courtesy of Ja Morant’s 18 points 4th quarter surge, his game-winning last-second layup and Brandon Clarke’s 7 offensive rebounds in the 4th quarter. The Grizzlies were led by Ja Morant’s 30 points on 9 of 22 shooting with 13 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals.
Desmond Bane dropped 25 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks while Brandon Clarke off the bench, was arguably the player of the game with 21 points, 15 rebounds double-double.
Jaren Jackson Jr who fouled out in barely 18 minutes played dropped 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Dillon Brooks followed with 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists while Kyle Anderson dropped 8 points and 5 boards.
This is the second time the Grizzlies are overcoming a double-digit deficit going into the 4th quarter to win the game this series against the Timberwolves and they are the first team to do it multiple times in the history of the playoffs.
Team statistics: 39/94 (41.5%) field goals, 7/28 (25.0%) 3 pointers, 26/39 (66.7%) free throws, 24 assists, 53 total rebounds, 7 blocks, 10 steals, 16 turnovers, 19 fouls.
Memphis Grizzlies team news: Steven Adams, Ziaire Williams, Killian Tillie and Santi Aldama are ruled out for the game.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies H2H
This is the first time the Timberwolves are facing the Grizzlies in the playoffs. The Grizzlies lead the series 3-2. In the regular season, both teams, in their four-game encounter, ended in a draw 2-2.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies lineups and key players
Minnesota Timberwolves projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: D’Angelo Russell
- Shooting guard: Patrick Beverly
- Small forward: Anthony Edwards
- Power forward: Jarred Vanderbilt
- Center: Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns is the key player to watch out for. He has averaged about 30.5 points and 13 rebounds over the last two games and his dominance on the court will be needed if the Timberwolves are to avoid elimination.
Memphis Grizzlies projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Ja Morant
- Shooting guard: Desmond Bane
- Small forward: Dillon Brooks
- Power forward: Jaren Jackson Jr.
- Center: Xavier Tillman
Ja Morant is the key player to watch out for. He finished game 5 with a team-high 30 points and he is the leader of the Grizzlies team. His dynamic scoring ability and aggressiveness in the paint are what make him so important to the Grizzlies team.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies predictions and betting tips
The Timberwolves had game 5 within their grasp until Ja Morant’s monstrous dunk on Malik Beasley at the end of the 3rd quarter inspired the Grizzlies' comeback. The Timberwolves losing leads like this easily shows that the Grizzlies are the more solid team and are better at closing out games than the Timberwolves. For the Timberwolves to force a game 7, they need to limit their turnovers and prevent the Grizzlies from outrebounding them.
The Grizzlies have proven to be the team that delivers when it matters the most and they’ve shown that through their multiple comebacks wins. The Grizzlies somewhat found a way to get through their poor shooting game by forcing turnovers and getting offensive rebounds which gave them 23-second chance points. If Ja Morant can get it going in game 6 as he did in game 5, the Grizzlies are poised to end the series in game 6. Predictions for this game are the Memphis Grizzlies to win and over 229 points.
Betting prediction: Memphis Grizzlies to win
Odds: 1.86 (-116 American; 25/29 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 229 points
Odds: 1.91 (-110 American; 10/11 Fractional)