Friday, March 4, 2016
BMO Harris Bradley Center
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to BMO Harris Bradley Center to play the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, March 4, 2016. The opening line for this game has Milwaukee as 4.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 213.5.
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The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 19-42 and a road record of 9-21. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -4 as they are averaging 101 points per game while giving up 105.1 per contest. Minnesota is 2-10 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 10-25. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Bucks have an overall record of 25-36 and a home record of 17-11. They currently are 5th in the Central Division. They are averaging 99.1 points per game and surrendering 103.3, good for a point differential of -4.2. Milwaukee has a division record of 4-6 and a conference record of 17-20. In their last 10 games they are 5-5.
Andrew Wiggins comes into this contest averaging 20.7 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 75%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 17.3 points per game in 30.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.7 assists per contest and 10.3 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 54% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%.
Khris Middleton averages 18.3 points per game while playing 36.7 minutes per contest this year for the Bucks. He grabs 3.9 rebounds per game and has 4.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 87%. Giannis Antetokounmpo averages 16.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.6 rebounds per contest and 3.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 74%.
Minnesota averages 101 points per contest this season which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -4 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 11th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 28th in the league. They average 50.1 rebounds per game and 22.4 assists per game which ranks them 25th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they 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 categories. 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. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the league.
Milwaukee averages 99.1 points per game this year which ranks them 24th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -4.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 4th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 17th in the NBA. They average 49.8 rebounds per game and 23 assists per contest which ranks them 27th and 8th respectively. In the turnover department the Bucks rank 25th with 15.5 per game. The Bucks allow 103.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 19th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 17th and 17th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 51.8 rebounds a game which ranks 13th and they give up 23.9 assists per contest which puts them in 27th place in the league. The Bucks force 15.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 10th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves average 101.7 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 103.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -4 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -10.3 per contest. The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 105.7 and a defensive rating of 109.9. In terms of pace they average 94.8 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 Bucks score 102 ppg at home and they have averaged 106 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 0 points per game. The Bucks rating on offense is 104.2 and they have a defensive rating of 108.6. 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 19% of their shot attempts. Milwaukee turns the ball over on 14.4 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.9 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
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
Milwaukee Bucks Betting Trends
The Milwaukee Bucks are 31-30-0 against the spread
The Milwaukee Bucks are 32-28-1 against the over/under
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
Milwaukee Bucks Injuries
12/14/15 PG Greivis Vasquez Ankle expected to miss 3-4 months
03/03/16 PG Michael Carter-Williams Knee doubtful Friday vs. Minnesota
02/29/16 F Steve Novak MCL out for season
02/04/16 F John Henson Back out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Milwaukee
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