Friday, December 23, 2016
For Updated Odds on This Game Click Here
The Sacramento Kings travel to Target Center to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, December 23, 2016. The Kings come into this game with an overall record of 12-17. They are 3rd in the Pacific Division. They currently have a point differential of -2.1 as they are averaging 102.1 points per game while giving up 104.2 per contest. The Timberwolves have an overall record of 9-19. They currently are 5th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 103.9 points per game and surrendering 106.1, good for a point differential of -2.2.
Rudy Gay comes into this contest averaging 18.6 points per game while playing 33.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Kings. He pulls down 6.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is currently at 84%. DeMarcus Cousins averages 29 points per game in 34.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.3 assists per contest and 10.7 rebounds per game for Sacramento. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 77%.
Karl-Anthony Towns averages 22.1 points per game while playing 35.4 minutes per contest this year for the Timberwolves. He grabs 11.4 rebounds per game and has 2.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage currently is at 79%. Andrew Wiggins averages 21.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 36.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.4 rebounds per contest and 2.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 76%.
Sacramento averages 102.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 21st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -2.1 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 18th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 18th in the league. They average 50.6 rebounds per game and 21.4 assists per game which ranks them 22nd and 20th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 17th with 14 per game. The Kings allow 104.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 17th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 20th and 24th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 51.8 rebounds a game which ranks 12th and they give up 22.9 assists per contest which puts them in 21st place in the league. They force 15 turnovers per game which ranks them 9th in the league.
Minnesota averages 103.9 points per game this year which ranks them 18th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.2 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 14th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 19th in the NBA. They average 51.4 rebounds per game and 22.1 assists per contest which ranks them 21st and 15th respectively. In the turnover department the Timberwolves rank 22nd with 15.1 per game. The Timberwolves allow 106.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 22nd in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 26th and 19th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 50 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 21.6 assists per contest which puts them in 9th place in the league. The Timberwolves force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the NBA.
The Kings have an offensive rating of 106.6 and a defensive rating of 108.8. In terms of pace they average 94.8 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 29% of their shots. Sacramento turns the ball over an average of 12.9 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Timberwolves rating on offense is 108.4 and they have a defensive rating of 110.7. 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 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 28% of their shot attempts. Minnesota turns the ball over on 13.6 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%.
Sacramento Kings Betting Trends
The Sacramento Kings are 16-13-0 against the spread
The Sacramento Kings are 12-17-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 11-17-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 14-14-0 against the over/under
Sacramento Kings Injuries
12/22/16 F Omri Casspi Illness "?" Friday vs. Minnesota
12/22/16 F Rudy Gay Hip "?" Friday vs. Minnesota
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
10/22/16 C Nikola Pekovic Ankle out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Guy Bruhn
Get all of Today's NBA Picks
Get all of Today's Guaranteed Expert NBA Picks