Friday, February 3, 2017
The Palace of Auburn Hills
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to The Palace of Auburn Hills to play the Detroit Pistons on Friday, February 3, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit as 5.5 point favorites.
The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 19-30. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.1 as they are averaging 104.0 points per game while giving up 105.1 per contest. The Pistons have an overall record of 22-27. They currently are 4th in the Central Division. They are averaging 101.1 points per game and surrendering 101.8, good for a point differential of -0.7.
Andrew Wiggins comes into this contest averaging 22.1 points per game while playing 37.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 4.2 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 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%.
Andre Drummond averages 14.6 points per game while playing 30.7 minutes per contest this year for the Pistons. He grabs 13.7 rebounds per game and has 1.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 54% and his free throw percentage currently is at 44%. Tobias Harris averages 16.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.1 rebounds per contest and 1.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 89%.
Minnesota averages 104 points per contest this season which ranks them 18th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.1 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 11th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 22nd in the league. They average 50.6 rebounds per game and 23.3 assists per game which ranks them 21st and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 14.7 per game. The Timberwolves allow 105.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 16th 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 categories. Opponents average 48.8 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 22.4 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the league.
Detroit averages 101.1 points per game this year which ranks them 24th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -0.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 13th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 26th in the NBA. They average 52.2 rebounds per game and 21.2 assists per contest which ranks them 15th and 21st respectively. In the turnover department the Pistons rank 3rd with 12.1 per game. The Pistons allow 101.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 6th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 21st and 25th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 49.6 rebounds a game which ranks 6th and they give up 23.1 assists per contest which puts them in 21st place in the league. The Pistons force 12.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 109.2 and a defensive rating of 110.3. 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 13.4 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%.
The Pistons rating on offense is 106.5 and they have a defensive rating of 107.2. They get 94.6 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 27% of their shot attempts. Detroit turns the ball over on 11.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.2 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 21-28-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 23-25-1 against the over/under
Detroit Pistons Betting Trends
The Detroit Pistons are 22-27-0 against the spread
The Detroit Pistons are 25-24-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
10/22/16 C Nikola Pekovic Ankle out for season
Detroit Pistons Injuries
No key injuries to report
Tony's Pick: Take Detroit -5.5
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