Phoenix Suns vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction NBA Picks 4/20/24

Minnesota Timberwolves (56-26) vs Phoenix Suns (49-33)

Game Info: Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 3:30 pm (Target Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Timberwolves -1.5 --- Over/Under: 214.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Phoenix Suns and the Minnesota Timberwolves do battle in Game 1 at the Target Center on Saturday afternoon. Here’s a Suns vs Timberwolves prediction.

Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns will be feeling pretty good about themselves after winning six of their last eight games of the regular season to book a matchup with the Timberwolves who they smashed by 125-106 back on Sunday. Bradley Beal led the team with 36 points, six rebounds and five assists on 14 of 21 shooting, Devin Booker added 23 points with seven assists while Grayson Allen chipped in with 20 points on eight of 11 shooting. As a team, the Suns shot 54 percent from the field and 16 of 29 from the 3-point line as they dominated right from the start, setting the tone with 44 points in the first quarter to take an early 24-point lead, before they finished with a flurry of 36 points in the fourth quarter to make it a blowout road win.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves split their last eight games of the regular season and capped it off with a massive loss to the Suns on Sunday. Rudy Gobert led the team in scoring with 21 points on seven of nine shooting, Mike Conley added 17 points on five of seven shooting while Anthony Edwards chipped in with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 51 percent from the field and nine of 26 from the 3-point line as they struggled to match the intensity of the Suns from the tipoff and found themselves battling an uphill battle after getting outscored by 44-22 in the first quarter.

Minnesota Timberwolves Player Facts

  • Rudy Gobert ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (12.9) this season.
  • Mike Conley ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for 3P% (44.2%) this season.

Phoenix Suns Player Facts

  • Grayson Allen ranks 1st amongst qualified players for 3P% (46.1%) this season.
  • Kevin Durant ranks 5th amongst qualified players for points per game (27.1) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Timberwolves rank 1st in the league for opponent points per game this season (106.5).
  • The Timberwolves rank 1st in the league for opponent field goal percentage this season (45.0%).
  • The Suns rank 30th in the league for Q4 points per game this season (25.1).
  • The Suns rank 30th in the league for Q4 win percentage this season (34.1%).

Suns vs Timberwolves prediction

The Suns are almost at full health for this series, with Damion Lee the only player still ruled out, while the Timberwolves are still missing Jaylen Clark for this one. As I already mentioned, the Suns won six of their last eight games of the regular season with two of those wins coming against the Timberwolves, which would give them plenty of confidence to start the series. The Timberwolves had a terrific season, earning them the 3rd seed in the Western Conference, so it's no surprise that they are still the favorites at home. I think the Suns are the team with the momentum right now, and I think they represent great value as the underdog in this one. 

Peter’s Pick Phoenix +1.5

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