Saturday, March 5, 2016
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The Brooklyn Nets travel to Target Center to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, March 5, 2016. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 5.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 213.5.
The Nets come into this game with an overall record of 17-44 and a road record of 6-22. They are 4th in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of -6.6 as they are averaging 97 points per game while giving up 103.6 per contest. Brooklyn is 5-6 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 9-25. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Timberwolves have an overall record of 19-42 and a home record of 10-21. They currently are 5th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 101 points per game and surrendering 105.1, good for a point differential of -4. Minnesota has a division record of 2-10 and a conference record of 10-25. In their last 10 games they are 4-6.
Brook Lopez comes into this contest averaging 20.6 points per game while playing 33.7 minutes per night so far this season for the Nets. He pulls down 8.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage is currently at 78%. Thaddeus Young averages 15 points per game in 33 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.8 assists per contest and 9.2 rebounds per game for Brooklyn. His field goal percentage is 51% for the year while his free throw percentage is 65%.
Andrew Wiggins averages 20.7 points per game while playing 35.1 minutes per contest this year for the Timberwolves. He grabs 3.6 rebounds per game and has 1.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage currently is at 75%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 17.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 10.3 rebounds per contest and 1.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 54% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Brooklyn averages 97 points per contest this season which ranks them 29th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -6.6 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 12th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 18th in the league. They average 49.8 rebounds per game and 21.9 assists per game which ranks them 26th and 15th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 14.9 per game. The Nets allow 103.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 20th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 28th and 23rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 50.5 rebounds a game which ranks 8th and they give up 23.3 assists per contest which puts them in 25th place in the league. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the league.
Minnesota averages 101 points per game this year which ranks them 19th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -4 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 11th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 28th in the NBA. They average 50.1 rebounds per game and 22.4 assists per contest which ranks them 25th and 11th respectively. In the turnover department the Timberwolves rank 20th with 14.9 per game. The Timberwolves allow 105.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 24th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 27th and 14th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 50 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 22.2 assists per contest which puts them in 16th place in the league. The Timberwolves force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the NBA.
The Nets average 96.9 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 98 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -7.4 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -4.7 per contest. The Nets have an offensive rating of 101.9 and a defensive rating of 108.9. In terms of pace they average 94.9 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 52% and they shoot 3 pointers on 21% of their shots. Brooklyn turns the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Timberwolves score 100.4 ppg at home and they have averaged 103.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -10.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -4.1 points per game. The Timberwolves rating on offense is 105.7 and they have a defensive rating of 109.9. They get 94.8 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 49%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 19% of their shot attempts. Minnesota turns the ball over on 13.8 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.1 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Brooklyn Nets Betting Trends
The Brooklyn Nets are 31-29-1 against the spread
The Brooklyn Nets are 29-31-1 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 27-33-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 33-25-3 against the over/under
Brooklyn Nets Injuries
12/07/15 F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Ankle expected to miss 8-10 weeks
01/03/16 PG Jarrett Jack Knee out for season
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
02/23/16 C Nikola Pekovic Foot out indefinitely
02/19/16 F Nemanja Bjelica Foot out indefinitely
01/30/16 F Kevin Garnett Knee out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Brooklyn
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