Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Quicken Loans Arena
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The Minnesota Timberwolves head to Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. The opening line for this game has Cleveland as 9 point favorites.
The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 19-29. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -0.5 as they are averaging 104.2 points per game while giving up 104.7 per contest. The Cavaliers have an overall record of 32-15. They currently are 1st in the Central Division. They are averaging 109.6 points per game and surrendering 105.0, good for a point differential of 4.6.
Andrew Wiggins comes into this game averaging 22.1 points per contest while playing 37.1 minutes per night so far this year for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 4.3 rebounds per contest and dishes out 2.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 74%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 23 points per game in 36.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.1 assists per contest and 11.9 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 51% for the year while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Lebron James averages 25.6 points per game while playing 37.5 minutes per contest this year for the Cavaliers. He grabs 8 rebounds per game and has 8.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage currently is at 70%. Kyrie Irving averages 24.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.4 rebounds per contest and 5.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 90%.
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Minnesota averages 104.2 points per contest this season which ranks them 18th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.5 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 11th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 21st in the league. They average 50.7 rebounds per game and 23.2 assists per game which ranks them 20th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 14.7 per game. The Timberwolves allow 104.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 26th and 11th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 48.7 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 22.1 assists per contest which puts them in 8th place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 13th in the league.
Cleveland averages 109.6 points per game this year which ranks them 4th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 4.6 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 38% which is good for 3rd in the NBA. They average 53.7 rebounds per game and 21.8 assists per contest which ranks them 6th and 18th respectively. In the turnover department the Cavaliers rank 15th with 14 per game. The Cavaliers allow 105 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 15th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 14th and 15th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 51.5 rebounds a game which ranks 14th and they give up 24.1 assists per contest which puts them in 28th place in the league. The Cavaliers force 13.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 18th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 109.4 and a defensive rating of 109.9. In terms of pace they average 94.7 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. Minnesota turns the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%.
The Cavaliers rating on offense is 112.5 and they have a defensive rating of 107.8. They get 96.8 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 53%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they attempt 3 pointers on 39% of their shot attempts. Cleveland turns the ball over on 12.6 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.5 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 21-27-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 22-25-1 against the over/under
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 19-26-2 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 25-22-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
10/22/16 C Nikola Pekovic Ankle out for season
Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
12/21/16 G J.R. Smith Thumb out indefinitely
12/16/16 F Chris Andersen ACL out for season
01/31/17 F Kevin Love Back expected to miss Wednesday vs. Minnesota
Josh's Pick: Take Cleveland -9
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