Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to FedExForum to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The opening line for this game has Memphis as 3.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 201.
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The Timberwolves had an overall record of 29-53 and a road record of 15-26 last season. They were 5th in the Northwest Division. They had a point differential of -3.5 as they averaged 102.4 points per game while giving up 106 per contest. Minnesota was 4-12 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 18-34. They were 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Grizzlies had an overall record of 42-40 and a home record of 26-15 last year. They were 3rd in the Southwest Division. They averaged 99.1 points per game and surrendered 101.3, good for a point differential of -2.2. Memphis had a division record of 7-9 and a conference record of 25-27. In their last 10 games they were 1-9.
Andrew Wiggins averaged 20.7 points per game while playing 35.1 minutes per night last season for the Timberwolves. He pulled down 3.6 rebounds per game and dished out 2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 46% while his free throw percentage finished at 76%. Karl-Anthony Towns averaged 18.3 points per game in 32 minutes per contest last season. He averaged 2 assists per contest and 10.5 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage was 54% for the year while his free throw percentage was 81%.
Marc Gasol averaged 16.6 points per game while playing 34.4 minutes per contest last year for the Grizzlies. He grabbed 7 rebounds per game and had 3.8 assists per contest for the year. His field goal percentage was 46% and his free throw percentage finished at 83%. Mike Conley averaged 15.3 points per game last season and he saw the court an average of 31.4 minutes per contest. He also averaged 2.9 rebounds per contest and 6.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 42% and his free throw percentage was 83%.
Minnesota averaged 102.4 points per contest last season which ranked them 13th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was -3.5 and their shooting percentage was 46% as a team which had them ranked 6th. Behind the arc they shot 34% which was good for 26th in the league. They averaged 49.3 rebounds per game and 23.4 assists per game which ranked them 29th and 8th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 24th with 15 per game. The Timberwolves allowed 106 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 23rd in the league. They also allowed a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 28th and 16th in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 50.3 rebounds a game which ranked 7th and they gave up 22.6 assists per contest which put them in 20th place in the league. They forced 14.9 turnovers per game which ranked them 13th in the league.
Memphis averaged 98.3 points per game last year which ranked them 27th in the league. Their average scoring margin was -3.2 and their shooting percentage was 44% as a team which had them sitting in the 25th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 33% which was good for 28th in the NBA. They averaged 49.8 rebounds per game and 20.5 assists per contest which ranked them 26th and 25th respectively. In the turnover department the Grizzlies ranked 7th with 13.4 per game. The Grizzlies allowed 101.4 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 11th in the league. They also allowed a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 18th and 23rd in those defensive statistics. Opponents averaged 51 rebounds a game which ranked 11th and they gave up 21.8 assists per contest which put them in 14th place in the league. The Grizzlies forced 16.1 turnovers per game which ranked them 4th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves averaged 103.3 points per game on the road last season and they scored 118.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of -3.3 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference was 4 per contest. The Timberwolves had an offensive rating of 106.5 and a defensive rating of 110.1 last season. In terms of pace they averaged 95.2 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 50%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shot 3 pointers on 20% of their shots. Minnesota turned the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions and they forced 13.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 52%.
The Grizzlies scored 101.3 ppg at home and they averaged 83.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They had an average scoring differential of -18.7 in their past 3 contests and at home last season they had a difference of -0.3 points per game. The Grizzlies rating on offense was 105.4 and they had a defensive rating of 107.8. They got 93.3 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 48%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 52% and they attempted 3 pointers on 22% of their shot attempts. Memphis turned the ball over on 12.3 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 15.2 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 52%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves were 39-42-1 against the spread last year
The Minnesota Timberwolves were 43-36-3 against the over/under last year
Memphis Grizzlies Betting Trends
The Memphis Grizzlies were 41-39-2 against the spread last year
The Memphis Grizzlies were 45-36-1 against the over/under last year
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
10/22/16 F Andrew Wiggins Illness probable Wednesday vs. Memphis
10/22/16 C Nikola Pekovic Ankle out for season
Memphis Grizzlies Injuries
10/25/16 F Brandan Wright Ankle expected to miss Wednesday vs. Minnesota
10/25/16 F Chandler Parsons Knee expected to miss Wednesday vs. Minnesota
10/24/16 F Jarell Martin Foot "?" Wednesday vs. Minnesota
10/22/16 G Jordan Adams Knee out for season
10/22/16 G Tony Allen Knee "?" Wednesday vs. Minnesota
Guy's Pick: Take Memphis
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