Friday, January 29, 2016
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to EnergySolutions Arena to play the Utah Jazz on Friday, January 29, 2016. The opening line for this game has Utah as 7.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 196.
The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 14-33 and a road record of 7-15. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -3.8 as they are averaging 99.7 points per game while giving up 103.6 per contest. Minnesota is 2-8 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 8-19. They are 2-8 in their last 10 games. The Jazz have an overall record of 20-25 and a home record of 13-10. They currently are 3rd in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 97.6 points per game and surrendering 96.8, good for a point differential of 0.8. Utah has a division record of 3-6 and a conference record of 10-17. In their last 10 games they are 5-5.
Andrew Wiggins comes into this contest averaging 20.8 points per game while playing 35.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 3.8 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 74%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 16.1 points per game in 29.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.4 assists per contest and 9.8 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 53% for the year while his free throw percentage is 86%.
Gordon Hayward averages 19.9 points per game while playing 35.5 minutes per contest this year for the Jazz. He grabs 5 rebounds per game and has 3.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 82%. Rodney Hood averages 14 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.2 rebounds per contest and 2.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 88%.
Minnesota averages 99.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 21st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -3.8 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 11th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 29th in the league. They average 49.9 rebounds per game and 22.1 assists per game which ranks them 26th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 22nd with 15.1 per game. The Timberwolves allow 103.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 22nd in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 25th and 13th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 50.9 rebounds a game which ranks 8th and they give up 22 assists per contest which puts them in 16th place in the league. They force 14.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the league.
Utah averages 97.6 points per game this year which ranks them 25th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 0.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 19th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 8th in the NBA. They average 51.1 rebounds per game and 18.4 assists per contest which ranks them 21st and 29th respectively. In the turnover department the Jazz rank 18th with 14.8 per game. The Jazz allow 96.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 15th and 26th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 48.7 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 18.9 assists per contest which puts them in 1st place in the league. The Jazz force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves average 101.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 112 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -3.1 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -1.7 per contest. The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 104 and a defensive rating of 108. In terms of pace they average 94.8 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 48%. 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 14 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%.
The Jazz score 98.8 ppg at home and they have averaged 100.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 16 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 4.3 points per game. The Jazz rating on offense is 106.1 and they have a defensive rating of 105.2. They get 90.8 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 29% of their shot attempts. Utah turns the ball over on 14 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 14.1 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 20-26-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 23-22-2 against the over/under
Utah Jazz Betting Trends
The Utah Jazz are 23-21-1 against the spread
The Utah Jazz are 18-27-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
01/28/16 F Kevin Garnett Knee "?" Friday vs. Utah
01/28/16 G Kevin Martin Wrist "?" Friday vs. Utah
Utah Jazz Injuries
12/27/15 PG Alec Burks Ankle out 6 weeks
10/23/15 G Dante Exum Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota
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