Saturday, March 4, 2017
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to AT&T Center to play the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has San Antonio as 10.5 point favorites.
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The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 25-36. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -0.1 as they are averaging 105.1 points per game while giving up 105.2 per contest. The have an overall record of 46-13. They currently are 1st in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 106.8 points per game and surrendering 98.3, good for a point differential of 8.5.
Karl-Anthony Towns comes into this contest averaging 24 points per game while playing 36.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 12.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 53% while his free throw percentage is currently at 82%. Andrew Wiggins averages 23.4 points per game in 37 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.4 assists per contest and 4.1 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 76%.
Lamarcus Aldridge averages 17.2 points per game while playing 32.2 minutes per contest this year for the Spurs. He grabs 7.4 rebounds per game and has 2.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage currently is at 82%. Kawhi Leonard averages 25.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.9 rebounds per contest and 3.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 89%.
Minnesota averages 105.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.15 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 7th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 20th in the league. They average 43 rebounds per game and 23.5 assists per game which ranks them 20th and 9th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 14.3 per game. The Timberwolves allow 105.2 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 16th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 40.5 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 22.5 assists per contest which puts them in 13th place in the league. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the league.
San Antonio averages 106.8 points per game this year which ranks them 11th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 8.44 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team which has them sitting in the 3rd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 40% which is good for 1st in the NBA. They average 43.8 rebounds per game and 23.9 assists per contest which ranks them 16th and 6th respectively. In the turnover department the Spurs rank 22nd with 13.3 per game. The Spurs allow 98.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 2nd in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 4th and 3rd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 41 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 21 assists per contest which puts them in 6th place in the league. The Spurs force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 20th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 110.4 and a defensive rating of 110.6. 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 56% 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 13.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%.
The Spurs rating on offense is 112.4 and they have a defensive rating of 103.5. They get 94.6 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 27% of their shot attempts. San Antonio turns the ball over on 12.5 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.6 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 28-33-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 31-29-1 against the over/under
San Antonio Spurs Betting Trends
The San Antonio Spurs are 34-25-0 against the spread
The San Antonio Spurs are 32-26-1 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
10/22/16 C Nikola Pekovic Ankle out for season
02/23/17 G Lance Stephenson Ankle out indefinitely
02/07/17 F Adreian Payne Illness out indefinitely
02/05/17 PG Zach LaVine Ankle out for season
San Antonio Spurs Injuries
03/02/17 PG Tony Parker Quad is upgraded to probable Friday vs. New Orleans
Tony's Pick: Take San Antonio -10.5
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