Monday, March 28, 2016
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The Phoenix Suns travel to Target Center to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, March 28, 2016. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 5.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 217.5.
The Suns come into this game with an overall record of 20-53 and a road record of 7-29. They are 4th in the Pacific Division. They currently have a point differential of -7.3 as they are averaging 100.4 points per game while giving up 107.6 per contest. Phoenix is 5-9 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 14-32. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Timberwolves have an overall record of 24-49 and a home record of 12-24. They currently are 5th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 102.1 points per game and surrendering 105.9, good for a point differential of -3.8. Minnesota has a division record of 3-11 and a conference record of 13-30. In their last 10 games they are 4-6.
Brandon Knight comes into this contest averaging 19.4 points per game while playing 36 minutes per night so far this season for the Suns. He pulls down 4 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 41% while his free throw percentage is currently at 86%. Devin Booker averages 13 points per game in 26.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.5 assists per contest and 2.4 rebounds per game for Phoenix. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%.
Andrew Wiggins averages 20.5 points per game while playing 35.3 minutes per contest this year for the Timberwolves. He grabs 3.7 rebounds per game and has 2.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 75%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 18.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 10.3 rebounds per contest and 1.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 55% and his free throw percentage is 82%.
Phoenix averages 100.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 22nd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -7.3 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them ranked 29th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 14th in the league. They average 52.6 rebounds per game and 20.5 assists per game which ranks them 12th and 25th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 29th with 16.8 per game. The Suns allow 107.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 26th and 30th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 52.7 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 22.3 assists per contest which puts them in 17th place in the league. They force 14.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the league.
Minnesota averages 102.1 points per game this year which ranks them 18th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -3.8 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 6th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 28th in the NBA. They average 49.2 rebounds per game and 23.1 assists per contest which ranks them 28th and 8th respectively. In the turnover department the Timberwolves rank 23rd 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 15th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 50.5 rebounds a game which ranks 9th and they give up 22.5 assists per contest which puts them in 19th place in the league. The Timberwolves force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the NBA.
The Suns average 97.2 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 104 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -12.1 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -4.3 per contest. The Suns have an offensive rating of 102.1 and a defensive rating of 109.5. In terms of pace they average 98.2 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. Phoenix turns the ball over an average of 15 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 Timberwolves score 101 ppg at home and they have averaged 109.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 1 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -3.9 points per game. The Timberwolves rating on offense is 106.2 and they have a defensive rating of 110.2. They get 95.1 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempt 3 pointers on 20% of their shot attempts. Minnesota turns the ball over on 13.8 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.3 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 30-43-0 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 36-37-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 35-37-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 39-31-3 against the over/under
Phoenix Suns Injuries
12/29/15 PG Eric Bledsoe Knee out for season
03/27/16 C Tyson Chandler Back "?" Monday vs. Minnesota
03/27/16 F Jon Leuer Illness "?" Monday vs. Minnesota
02/02/16 F T.J. Warren Ankle out for season
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
02/23/16 C Nikola Pekovic Foot out indefinitely
01/30/16 F Kevin Garnett Knee out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Phoenix
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