Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves NBA expert prediction and odds for Wednesday, Feb. 28 (Lay the points with Minnesota)

NBA betting preview, prediction and best bet for Grizzlies-Timberwolves.

Feb 27, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks
Feb 27, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks / Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The injury-plagued Memphis Grizzlies are in familiar territory as a double-digit underdog Wednesday night when they visit the Target Center.

The Grizzlies have been held under 100 points in back-to-back losses and have now dropped 11 of their last 13 overall. 

Minnesota is trying to hold off the multiple suitors for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves, coming off a 114-105 win over the Spurs Tuesday, are tied with the Thunder at the summit of the west, though the Nuggets (two games back) and Clippers (three games back) are within striking distance.

The Timberwolves will try to add to their 18-5 record against losing teams this season when Memphis comes to town. But can they pull away laying double figures? 

Here’s the betting preview for Wednesday’s matchup with a best bet. 

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Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves odds, spread and total

Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves how to watch

  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 28
  • Game time: 8 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Target Center
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
  • Grizzlies record: 20-38
  • Timberwolves record: 41-17

Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves injury report


  • Luke Kennard (illness): out
  • John Konchar (thumb): doubtful 


  • Kyle Anderson (hamstring): questionable

Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves  key players to watch


Lamar Stevens: The third-year power forward is averaging 4.8 points per game this season. Acquired by the Grizzlies at the NBA Trade Deadline in a deal that included a pair of second-round picks and sent Xavier Tillman to Boston, Stevens has scored in double figures in four of five games with Memphis. Stevens had a season-high 17 points in the Grizzlies’ 111-86 loss to Brooklyn on Monday. 


Rudy Gobert: The 7-foot-1 center missed a game, then was questionable in Tuesday’s game against San Antonio. Gobert suited up and turned in a big effort with Karl-Anthony Towns missing the game with a personal matter. Gobert had 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting and grabbed 17 rebounds for his ninth consecutive double-double. 

Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves prediction and pick

Talk about a nightmare matchup. A Memphis offense that is last in the NBA in net rating and points per game (106.5) and 29th in shooting percentage (44%) goes up against the league’s top defense.

Memphis has scored just 181 points over its last two games and now goes on the road to face a Minnesota defense that is No. 1 in net rating, No. 1 in scoring at home (102.4 points per game) and is allowing opponents to shoot just 42.5% against them inside Target Center (No. 1). 

Minnesota has a pair of double-digit wins over the Grizzlies this season (118-103 Jan. 15 and 127-103 Dec. 8). The Grizzlies are just No. 24 in the NBA in rebounding and were crushed on the glass in those two matchups, losing the rebound battle 93-62 combined. Back Minnesota to cruise over Memphis once again. 

Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.