Monday, March 14, 2016
US Airways Center
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to US Airways Center to play the Phoenix Suns on Monday, March 14, 2016. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 3 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 217.5.
The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 21-45 and a road record of 10-23. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -4.2 as they are averaging 101.3 points per game while giving up 105.5 per contest. Minnesota is 3-10 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 11-26. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Suns have an overall record of 17-49 and a home record of 11-22. They currently are 4th in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 100.7 points per game and surrendering 108, good for a point differential of -7.3. Phoenix has a division record of 3-8 and a conference record of 11-29. In their last 10 games they are 3-7.
Andrew Wiggins comes into this contest averaging 20.7 points per game while playing 34.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 3.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 75%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 17.7 points per game in 31.1 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 55% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Devin Booker averages 12.3 points per game while playing 25.6 minutes per contest this year for the Suns. He grabs 2.2 rebounds per game and has 2.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 84%. P.J. Tucker averages 6.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.7 rebounds per contest and 1.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is 71%.
Minnesota averages 101.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -4.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 8th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 28th in the league. They average 49.5 rebounds per game and 22.6 assists per game which ranks them 28th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 15 per game. The Timberwolves allow 105.5 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 16th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 50.1 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 22.1 assists per contest which puts them in 17th place in the league. They force 14.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 16th in the league.
Phoenix averages 100.7 points per game this year which ranks them 21st in the league. Their average scoring margin is -7.3 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 29th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 10th in the NBA. They average 51.9 rebounds per game and 20.5 assists per contest which ranks them 16th and 25th respectively. In the turnover department the Suns rank 29th with 16.7 per game. The Suns allow 108 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the arc ranking them 28th and 30th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.5 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 22.5 assists per contest which puts them in 19th place in the league. The Suns force 15 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves average 101.7 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 97.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -4.2 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -9 per contest. The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 105.8 and a defensive rating of 110.1. In terms of pace they average 95 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 19% of their shots. Minnesota turns the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Suns score 103.2 ppg at home and they have averaged 103.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -18.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -3 points per game. The Suns rating on offense is 102.5 and they have a defensive rating of 110. They get 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 49%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 30% of their shot attempts. Phoenix turns the ball over on 14.9 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.6 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 53%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 30-35-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 36-27-3 against the over/under
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 26-40-0 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 35-31-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
02/23/16 C Nikola Pekovic Foot out indefinitely
01/30/16 F Kevin Garnett Knee out indefinitely
Phoenix Suns Injuries
12/29/15 PG Eric Bledsoe Knee out for season
02/02/16 F T.J. Warren Ankle out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Phoenix
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