Thursday, April 7, 2016
Sleep Train Arena
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Sleep Train Arena to play the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, April 7, 2016. The opening line for this game has Sacramento as 4.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 223.
The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 26-52 and a road record of 13-26. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -4 as they are averaging 101.8 points per game while giving up 105.7 per contest. Minnesota is 3-12 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 15-33. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Kings have an overall record of 31-47 and a home record of 17-22. They currently are 3rd in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 107 points per game and surrendering 109.1, good for a point differential of -2.1. Sacramento has a division record of 7-8 and a conference record of 17-31. In their last 10 games they are 5-5.
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 3.6 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 32.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.9 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 82%.
DeMarcus Cousins averages 27.1 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per contest this year for the Kings. He grabs 11.6 rebounds per game and has 3.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage currently is at 72%. Rudy Gay averages 17.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.4 rebounds per contest and 1.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 78%.
Minnesota averages 101.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 18th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -4 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 49.3 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 105.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 25th 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 50.4 rebounds a game which ranks 8th and they give up 22.6 assists per contest which puts them in 20th place in the league. They force 14.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the league.
Sacramento averages 107 points per game this year which ranks them 3rd in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.1 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 6th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 9th in the NBA. They average 53.3 rebounds per game and 24.6 assists per contest which ranks them 8th and 4th respectively. In the turnover department the Kings rank 28th with 16.1 per game. The Kings allow 109.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 30th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 23rd and 23rd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.3 rebounds a game which ranks 16th and they give up 24.1 assists per contest which puts them in 26th place in the league. The Kings force 15.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves average 103.2 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 95.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -3.7 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -5.3 per contest. The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 105.9 and a defensive rating of 110. 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 13.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Kings score 107.9 ppg at home and they have averaged 109.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -1.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -0.6 points per game. The Kings rating on offense is 106.3 and they have a defensive rating of 108.4. They get 99.9 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 26% of their shot attempts. Sacramento turns the ball over on 14.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 14 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 36-41-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 41-34-3 against the over/under
Sacramento Kings Betting Trends
The Sacramento Kings are 36-40-2 against the spread
The Sacramento Kings are 39-37-2 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
Sacramento Kings Injuries
04/06/16 G Marco Belinelli Foot doubtful Thursday vs. Minnesota
04/06/16 F Omri Casspi Hamstring out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Sacramento
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