Sunday, January 15, 2017
American Airlines Center
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to American Airlines Center to play the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, January 15, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota as 2 point favorites. The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 14-26. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -0.8 as they are averaging 103.3 points per game while giving up 104.1 per contest. The Mavericks have an overall record of 12-27. They currently are 5th in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 95.6 points per game and surrendering 100.8, good for a point differential of -5.3.
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Karl-Anthony Towns comes into this contest averaging 21.9 points per game while playing 35.7 minutes per night so far this season for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 12 rebounds per game and dishes out 3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 49% while his free throw percentage is currently at 82%. Andrew Wiggins averages 22 points per game in 36.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.3 assists per contest and 4.2 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 73%.
J.J. Barea averages 12.1 points per game while playing 26.4 minutes per contest this year for the Mavericks. He grabs 3 rebounds per game and has 5.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage currently is at 96%. Harrison Barnes averages 20.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.4 rebounds per contest and 1.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 86%.
Minnesota averages 103.2 points per contest this season which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.8 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 12th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 20th in the league. They average 50.9 rebounds per game and 22.7 assists per game which ranks them 20th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 14.9 per game. The Timberwolves allow 104.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 14th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 25th and 14th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 48.5 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd and they give up 22 assists per contest which puts them in 13th place in the league. They force 14.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the league.
Dallas averages 95.6 points per game this year which ranks them 30th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -5.3 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them sitting in the 29th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 19th in the NBA. They average 44.3 rebounds per game and 19.9 assists per contest which ranks them 30th and 27th respectively. In the turnover department the Mavericks rank 4th with 12.3 per game. The Mavericks allow 100.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 4th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 41% average from behind the arc ranking them 29th and 30th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 51.4 rebounds a game which ranks 12th and they give up 21.1 assists per contest which puts them in 5th place in the league. The Mavericks force 15.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 5th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 108.9 and a defensive rating of 109.8. In terms of pace they average 94.3 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 13.7 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%.
The Mavericks rating on offense is 104 and they have a defensive rating of 109.7. They get 91.5 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 37% of their shot attempts. Dallas turns the ball over on 12.1 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 15 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 54%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 18-22-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 18-21-1 against the over/under
Dallas Mavericks Betting Trends
The Dallas Mavericks are 18-21-0 against the spread
The Dallas Mavericks are 17-22-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
10/22/16 C Nikola Pekovic Ankle out for season
01/14/17 PG Zach LaVine Hip "?" Sunday vs. Dallas
Dallas Mavericks Injuries
01/14/17 C Andrew Bogut Hamstring out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota -2
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