Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Boston as 6.5 point favorites.
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The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 28-38. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of 0.1 as they are averaging 104.9 points per game while giving up 104.8 per contest. The Celtics have an overall record of 42-25. They currently are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 107.5 points per game and surrendering 105.1, good for a point differential of 2.4.
Andrew Wiggins comes into this contest averaging 22.9 points per game while playing 37.2 minutes per night so far this season for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 4.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 76%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 24.5 points per game in 36.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.8 assists per contest and 12.3 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 54% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Al Horford averages 13.9 points per game while playing 32.7 minutes per contest this year for the Celtics. He grabs 6.6 rebounds per game and has 4.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 82%. Isaiah Thomas averages 29.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.6 rebounds per contest and 6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 91%.
Minnesota averages 104.9 points per contest this season which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.14 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 8th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 20th in the league. They average 43.3 rebounds per game and 23.5 assists per game which ranks them 18th and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 11th with 14.3 per game. The Timberwolves allow 104.8 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 26th and 12th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 40.6 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 22.2 assists per contest which puts them in 10th place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the league.
Boston averages 107.5 points per game this year which ranks them 9th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.34 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 37% which is good for 12th in the NBA. They average 41.6 rebounds per game and 24.8 assists per contest which ranks them 27th and 4th respectively. In the turnover department the Celtics rank 24th with 13.1 per game. The Celtics allow 105.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 14th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 12th and 2nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 44.8 rebounds a game which ranks 25th and they give up 22.4 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. The Celtics force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 110.2 and a defensive rating of 110.1. In terms of pace they average 94.6 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 26% of their shots. Minnesota turns the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Celtics rating on offense is 110.9 and they have a defensive rating of 108.5. They get 96.4 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they attempt 3 pointers on 39% of their shot attempts. Boston turns the ball over on 12.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.8 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 32-34-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 32-33-1 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 34-31-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 30-36-1 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
10/22/16 C Nikola Pekovic Ankle out for season
02/05/17 PG Zach LaVine Ankle out for season
Boston Celtics Injuries
No key injuries to report
Tony's Pick: Take Boston -6.5
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