Tuesday, January 24, 2017
US Airways Center
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The Minnesota Timberwolves head to US Airways Center to take on the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 2.5 point favorites.
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The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 16-28. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.0 as they are averaging 103.3 points per game while giving up 104.4 per contest. The Suns have an overall record of 15-29. They currently are 4th in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 106.1 points per game and surrendering 111.5, good for a point differential of -5.4.
Andrew Wiggins comes into this game averaging 21.8 points per contest while playing 37 minutes per night so far this year for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 4.3 rebounds per contest and dishes out 2.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 73%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 22.5 points per game in 36.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3 assists per contest and 12 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 50% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Eric Bledsoe averages 20.9 points per game while playing 33.2 minutes per contest this year for the Suns. He grabs 5.1 rebounds per game and has 6.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage currently is at 85%. Devin Booker averages 20.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.8 rebounds per contest and 3.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
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Minnesota averages 103.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -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 21st in the league. They average 50.6 rebounds per game and 22.9 assists per game which ranks them 22nd and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 14.9 per game. The Timberwolves allow 104.4 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 categories. Opponents average 48.5 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 22.2 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 13th in the league.
Phoenix averages 106.1 points per game this year which ranks them 13th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -5.4 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 20th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 23rd in the NBA. They average 53 rebounds per game and 18.3 assists per contest which ranks them 10th and 30th respectively. In the turnover department the Suns rank 28th with 15.9 per game. The Suns allow 111.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the arc ranking them 26th and 29th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.4 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 22.1 assists per contest which puts them in 11th place in the league. The Suns force 15.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 5th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 109 and a defensive rating of 110.1. 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 13.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%.
The Suns rating on offense is 105.7 and they have a defensive rating of 111.1. They get 99.2 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 49%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 27% of their shot attempts. Phoenix turns the ball over on 13.9 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 53%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 20-24-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 19-24-1 against the over/under
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 23-20-1 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 27-16-1 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
10/22/16 C Nikola Pekovic Ankle out for season
01/23/17 PG Ricky Rubio Hip probable Tuesday vs. Phoenix
Phoenix Suns Injuries
01/23/17 F Dragan Bender Ankle injured last game, "?" Tuesday vs. Minnesota
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota -2.5
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