Saturday, April 9, 2016
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Moda Center to play the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, April 9, 2016. The opening line for this game has Portland as 8.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 218.
The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 27-52 and a road record of 14-26. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -3.8 as they are averaging 101.8 points per game while giving up 105.6 per contest. Minnesota is 3-12 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 16-33. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Trail Blazers have an overall record of 43-37 and a home record of 27-12. They currently are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 105.1 points per game and surrendering 104.4, good for a point differential of 0.8. Portland has a division record of 10-4 and a conference record of 28-22. In their last 10 games they are 7-3.
Andrew Wiggins comes into this contest averaging 20.8 points per game while playing 35.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 3.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is currently at 76%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 18.2 points per game in 32 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2 assists per contest and 10.5 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 54% for the year while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Damian Lillard averages 25 points per game while playing 35.8 minutes per contest this year for the Trail Blazers. He grabs 4.1 rebounds per game and has 6.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 89%. C.J. McCollum averages 20.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.3 rebounds per contest and 4.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Minnesota averages 101.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -3.8 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 8th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 26th in the league. They average 49.4 rebounds per game and 23.1 assists per game which ranks them 28th and 8th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 24th with 15.1 per game. The Timberwolves allow 105.6 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 28th and 15th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 50.5 rebounds a game which ranks 8th and they give up 22.5 assists per contest which puts them in 19th place in the league. They force 14.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the league.
Portland averages 105.1 points per game this year which ranks them 6th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 0.8 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 14th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 3rd in the NBA. They average 53.8 rebounds per game and 21.4 assists per contest which ranks them 4th and 20th respectively. In the turnover department the Trail Blazers rank 17th with 14.6 per game. The Trail Blazers allow 104.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 19th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 16th and 27th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.4 rebounds a game which ranks 18th and they give up 21.5 assists per contest which puts them in 9th place in the league. The Trail Blazers force 13.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 25th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves average 103.2 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 102.3 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 1.7 per contest. The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 106 and a defensive rating of 109.9. In terms of pace they average 95.1 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 20% of their shots. Minnesota turns the ball over an average of 14 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Trail Blazers score 108.2 ppg at home and they have averaged 115.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -4 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 5.8 points per game. The Trail Blazers rating on offense is 108.8 and they have a defensive rating of 108. They get 96 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 51%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempt 3 pointers on 33% of their shot attempts. Portland turns the ball over on 13.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.1 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 37-41-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 41-35-3 against the over/under
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Trail Blazers are 44-36-0 against the spread
The Portland Trail Blazers are 44-35-1 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
Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
03/25/16 C Meyers Leonard Shoulder out for season
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