Thursday, January 26, 2017
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The Indiana Pacers head to Target Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 5 point favorites.
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The Pacers come into this game with an overall record of 22-22. They are 3rd in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.4 as they are averaging 105.4 points per game while giving up 106.8 per contest. The Timberwolves have an overall record of 17-28. They currently are 5th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 103.5 points per game and surrendering 104.5, good for a point differential of -1.0.
Paul George comes into this game averaging 22.2 points per contest while playing 35.4 minutes per night so far this year for the Pacers. He pulls down 6 rebounds per contest and dishes out 3.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 93%. Jeff Teague averages 15.5 points per game in 32.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 8 assists per contest and 4.1 rebounds per game for Indiana. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Andrew Wiggins averages 22 points per game while playing 37 minutes per contest this year for the Timberwolves. He grabs 4.3 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 22.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 36.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 11.9 rebounds per contest and 3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 82%.
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Indiana averages 105.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 15th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.4 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 10th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 10th in the league. They average 49 rebounds per game and 22.4 assists per game which ranks them 28th and 14th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 18th with 14.2 per game. The Pacers allow 106.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 13th and 5th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 53.4 rebounds a game which ranks 24th and they give up 23.1 assists per contest which puts them in 21st place in the league. They force 15.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league.
Minnesota averages 103.5 points per game this year which ranks them 19th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 11th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 21st in the NBA. They average 50.5 rebounds per game and 22.9 assists per contest which ranks them 22nd and 11th respectively. In the turnover department the Timberwolves rank 21st with 14.9 per game. The Timberwolves allow 104.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 27th and 12th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 48.6 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 22.2 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. The Timberwolves force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the NBA.
The Pacers have an offensive rating of 106.8 and a defensive rating of 108.2. In terms of pace they average 97.7 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 27% of their shots. Indiana turns the ball over an average of 13 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%.
The Timberwolves rating on offense is 109.1 and they have a defensive rating of 110.2. 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 27% of their shot attempts. Minnesota turns the ball over on 13.7 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 53%.
Indiana Pacers Betting Trends
The Indiana Pacers are 18-26-0 against the spread
The Indiana Pacers are 25-19-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 20-25-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 20-24-1 against the over/under
Indiana Pacers Injuries
12/29/16 PG Rodney Stuckey Hamstring out indefinitely
01/25/17 G Monta Ellis Ankle injured last game, "?" Thursday vs. Minnesota
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
10/22/16 C Nikola Pekovic Ankle out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota -5
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