Sunday, January 1, 2017
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The Portland Blazers travel to Target Center to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, January 1, 2017. The Blazers come into this game with an overall record of 14-21. They are 4th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -3.9 as they are averaging 107.6 points per game while giving up 111.5 per contest. The Timberwolves have an overall record of 11-22. They currently are 5th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 104.2 points per game and surrendering 105.6, good for a point differential of -1.5.
Damian Lillard comes into this contest averaging 27 points per game while playing 35.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Blazers. He pulls down 4.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 90%. C.J. McCollum averages 22.3 points per game in 34.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.7 assists per contest and 3.5 rebounds per game for Portland. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 90%.
Andrew Wiggins averages 22.1 points per game while playing 36.7 minutes per contest this year for the Timberwolves. He grabs 4.2 rebounds per game and has 2.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage currently is at 74%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 21.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 11.4 rebounds per contest and 2.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Portland averages 107.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 7th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -3.9 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 11th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 8th in the league. They average 49.6 rebounds per game and 21.9 assists per game which ranks them 28th and 16th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 13th with 13.7 per game. The Blazers allow 111.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 28th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 23rd and 28th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 54.5 rebounds a game which ranks 26th and they give up 21 assists per contest which puts them in 4th place in the league. They force 13.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in the league.
Minnesota averages 104.2 points per game this year which ranks them 17th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1.5 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 12th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 16th in the NBA. They average 50.7 rebounds per game and 22.4 assists per contest which ranks them 21st and 13th respectively. In the turnover department the Timberwolves rank 21st with 14.6 per game. The Timberwolves allow 105.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 19th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 28th and 20th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 49.3 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 22.1 assists per contest which puts them in 13th place in the league. The Timberwolves force 14.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 13th in the NBA.
The Blazers have an offensive rating of 109.6 and a defensive rating of 113.5. In terms of pace they average 97.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 52%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shoot 3 pointers on 34% of their shots. Portland turns the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions and they force 11.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Timberwolves rating on offense is 109.6 and they have a defensive rating of 111.2. They get 94.4 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 28% of their shot attempts. Minnesota turns the ball over on 13.3 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.4 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 53%.
Portland Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Blazers are 13-22-0 against the spread
The Portland Blazers are 21-14-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 14-19-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 16-16-1 against the over/under
Portland Blazers Injuries
12/31/16 PG Damian Lillard Ankle "?" Sunday vs. Minnesota
10/25/16 C Festus Ezeli Knee out indefinitely
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
10/22/16 C Nikola Pekovic Ankle out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota
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