Saturday, February 6, 2016
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The Chicago Bulls travel to Target Center to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, February 6, 2016. The opening line for this game has Chicago as 5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 204.
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The Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 27-21 and a road record of 11-12. They are 2nd in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of 0.3 as they are averaging 101.4 points per game while giving up 101.1 per contest. Chicago is 6-4 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 16-13. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Timberwolves have an overall record of 15-36 and a home record of 7-18. They currently are 5th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 99.9 points per game and surrendering 103.7, good for a point differential of -3.8. Minnesota has a division record of 2-10 and a conference record of 9-22. In their last 10 games they are 3-7.
Jimmy Butler comes into this contest averaging 22.4 points per game while playing 38.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Bulls. He pulls down 5.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is currently at 83%. Pau Gasol averages 16.7 points per game in 31.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.3 assists per contest and 11 rebounds per game for Chicago. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Andrew Wiggins averages 20.8 points per game while playing 35.2 minutes per contest this year for the Timberwolves. He grabs 3.8 rebounds per game and has 1.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage currently is at 74%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 16.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 29.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 9.9 rebounds per contest and 1.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 54% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Chicago averages 101.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.3 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 26th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 14th in the league. They average 57.6 rebounds per game and 21.8 assists per game which ranks them 2nd and 15th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 14th with 14.4 per game. The Bulls allow 101.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 14th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 1st and 6th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 55.3 rebounds a game which ranks 27th and they give up 22.4 assists per contest which puts them in 19th place in the league. They force 12.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 29th in the league.
Minnesota averages 99.9 points per game this year which ranks them 21st in the league. Their average scoring margin is -3.8 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 32% which is good for 29th in the NBA. They average 49.8 rebounds per game and 22.3 assists per contest which ranks them 26th and 10th respectively. In the turnover department the Timberwolves rank 22nd with 15.1 per game. The Timberwolves allow 103.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 25th and 14th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 50.4 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 21.9 assists per contest which puts them in 16th place in the league. The Timberwolves force 14.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 13th in the NBA.
The Bulls average 103 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 98.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -1.3 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -10.3 per contest. The Bulls have an offensive rating of 103.5 and a defensive rating of 103.2. In terms of pace they average 96.1 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 48%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 52% and they shoot 3 pointers on 24% of their shots. Chicago turns the ball over an average of 12.8 times per 100 possessions and they force 10.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 47%.
The Timberwolves score 98.5 ppg at home and they have averaged 105.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -0.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -4.5 points per game. The Timberwolves rating on offense is 104.6 and they have a defensive rating of 108.5. They get 94.5 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 14 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.5 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 19-29-0 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 25-23-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 22-28-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 25-23-3 against the over/under
Chicago Bulls Injuries
09/26/15 G Mike Dunleavy Back out indefinitely
02/04/16 G Jimmy Butler Knee "?" Friday vs. Denver
02/04/16 F Pau Gasol Hand injured last game, "?" Friday vs. Denver
01/27/16 F Nikola Mirotic Appendix out indefinitely
01/25/16 C Joakim Noah Shoulder out indefinitely
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
02/05/16 C Nikola Pekovic Foot "?" Saturday vs. Chicago
02/02/16 G Kevin Martin Wrist out indefinitely
01/30/16 F Kevin Garnett Knee out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Chicago
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