Friday, April 1, 2016
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to EnergySolutions Arena to play the Utah Jazz on Friday, April 1, 2016. The opening line for this game has Utah as 4 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 204.
The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 25-50 and a road record of 12-25. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -3.9 as they are averaging 102 points per game while giving up 105.9 per contest. Minnesota is 3-11 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 14-31. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Jazz have an overall record of 37-38 and a home record of 23-14. They currently are 3rd in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 97.8 points per game and surrendering 96.2, good for a point differential of 1.6. Utah has a division record of 6-8 and a conference record of 21-24. In their last 10 games they are 7-3.
Andrew Wiggins comes into this contest averaging 20.5 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 2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 76%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 18.3 points per game in 31.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.8 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 83%.
Gordon Hayward averages 19.6 points per game while playing 36.1 minutes per contest this year for the Jazz. He grabs 4.8 rebounds per game and has 3.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Derrick Favors averages 16.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.3 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is 71%.
Minnesota averages 102 points per contest this season which ranks them 18th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -3.9 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 23 assists per game which ranks them 27th and 8th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 22nd with 15 per game. The Timberwolves allow 105.9 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 16th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 50.4 rebounds a game which ranks 9th and they give up 22.6 assists per contest which puts them in 20th place in the league. They force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the league.
Utah averages 97.8 points per game this year which ranks them 28th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 1.6 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 17th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 11th in the NBA. They average 52.1 rebounds per game and 18.9 assists per contest which ranks them 14th and 28th respectively. In the turnover department the Jazz rank 24th with 15 per game. The Jazz allow 96.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 2nd in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 12th and 19th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 48.5 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd and they give up 19.2 assists per contest which puts them in 1st place in the league. The Jazz force 14 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves average 103.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 94.7 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 -8 per contest. The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 106.1 and a defensive rating of 110.2. In terms of pace they average 95.2 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 13.9 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Jazz score 99.1 ppg at home and they have averaged 104 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 16.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 6.1 points per game. The Jazz rating on offense is 105.9 and they have a defensive rating of 104.1. They get 91.1 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 14.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.5 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 35-39-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 40-32-3 against the over/under
Utah Jazz Betting Trends
The Utah Jazz are 37-36-2 against the spread
The Utah Jazz are 30-44-1 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
03/31/16 F Andrew Wiggins Neck is upgraded to probable Friday vs. Utah
02/23/16 C Nikola Pekovic Foot out indefinitely
01/30/16 F Kevin Garnett Knee out indefinitely
Utah Jazz Injuries
12/27/15 PG Alec Burks Ankle out indefinitely
10/23/15 G Dante Exum Knee out for season
03/31/16 F Derrick Favors Knee injured last game, "?" Friday vs. Minnesota
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota
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