Sunday, February 28, 2016
American Airlines Center
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to American Airlines Center to play the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, February 28, 2016. The opening line for this game has Dallas as 6.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 213.5.
The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 18-40 and a road record of 8-20. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -3.7 as they are averaging 100.9 points per game while giving up 104.6 per contest. Minnesota is 2-10 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 9-24. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Mavericks have an overall record of 31-28 and a home record of 17-12. They currently are 3rd in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 101.7 points per game and surrendering 102.3, good for a point differential of -0.6. Dallas has a division record of 5-8 and a conference record of 20-16. In their last 10 games they are 4-6.
Andrew Wiggins comes into this contest averaging 20.8 points per game while playing 35.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 3.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 74%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 17.3 points per game in 30.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 10.2 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 53% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%.
Dirk Nowitzki averages 17.8 points per game while playing 31.3 minutes per contest this year for the Mavericks. He grabs 6.7 rebounds per game and has 1.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage currently is at 89%. Wesley Matthews averages 12.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.9 rebounds per contest and 1.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Minnesota averages 100.9 points per contest this season which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -3.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 9th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 28th in the league. They average 49.9 rebounds per game and 22.5 assists per game which ranks them 26th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 20th with 14.9 per game. The Timberwolves allow 104.6 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 26th and 14th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 50.2 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 21.9 assists per contest which puts them in 16th place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the league.
Dallas averages 101.7 points per game this year which ranks them 16th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -0.6 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 22nd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 20th in the NBA. They average 50.3 rebounds per game and 21.6 assists per contest which ranks them 24th and 18th respectively. In the turnover department the Mavericks rank 1st with 12.7 per game. The Mavericks allow 102.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 15th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 18th and 8th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 54.3 rebounds a game which ranks 23rd and they give up 21.6 assists per contest which puts them in 14th place in the league. The Mavericks force 13.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 21st in the NBA.
The Timberwolves average 101.4 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 108 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -3.4 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -5 per contest. The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 105.7 and a defensive rating of 109.6. In terms of pace they average 94.6 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 19% of their shots. Minnesota turns the ball over an average of 13.8 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Mavericks score 104.1 ppg at home and they have averaged 118 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 6.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 3.1 points per game. The Mavericks rating on offense is 105.9 and they have a defensive rating of 106.5. They get 94.3 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 34% of their shot attempts. Dallas turns the ball over on 11.9 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 26-31-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 31-24-3 against the over/under
Dallas Mavericks Betting Trends
The Dallas Mavericks are 31-27-1 against the spread
The Dallas Mavericks are 28-29-2 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
02/26/16 PG Andre Miller None has been waived
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
Dallas Mavericks Injuries
No key injuries to report
Guy's Pick: Take Dallas
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