Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to AT&T Center to play the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has San Antonio as 12 point favorites. The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 14-27. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.1 as they are averaging 102.9 points per game while giving up 103.9 per contest. The Spurs have an overall record of 31-9. They currently are 1st in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 106.7 points per game and surrendering 98.0, good for a point differential of 8.7.
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Karl-Anthony Towns comes into this contest averaging 21.8 points per game while playing 35.7 minutes per night so far this season for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 11.9 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 81%. Andrew Wiggins averages 21.9 points per game in 36.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.3 assists per contest and 4.3 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 73%.
Lamarcus Aldridge averages 17.5 points per game while playing 32.2 minutes per contest this year for the Spurs. He grabs 7.1 rebounds per game and has 2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Kawhi Leonard averages 24.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.7 rebounds per contest and 3.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 91%.
Minnesota averages 102.9 points per contest this season which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.1 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 12th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 21st in the league. They average 50.9 rebounds per game and 22.6 assists per game which ranks them 20th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 14.8 per game. The Timberwolves allow 103.9 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 18th 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 10th place in the league. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the league.
San Antonio averages 106.7 points per game this year which ranks them 9th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 8.7 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team which has them sitting in the 2nd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 42% which is good for 1st in the NBA. They average 50 rebounds per game and 24.1 assists per contest which ranks them 24th and 5th respectively. In the turnover department the Spurs rank 11th with 13.3 per game. The Spurs allow 98 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 2nd in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 6th and 2nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 47.4 rebounds a game which ranks 1st and they give up 21.3 assists per contest which puts them in 6th place in the league. The Spurs force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 108.7 and a defensive rating of 109.8. In terms of pace they average 94.2 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. 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 13.6 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 Spurs rating on offense is 113.5 and they have a defensive rating of 104.3. They get 93.7 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 54%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they attempt 3 pointers on 27% of their shot attempts. San Antonio turns the ball over on 12.6 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.4 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 18-23-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 18-22-1 against the over/under
San Antonio Spurs Betting Trends
The San Antonio Spurs are 24-16-0 against the spread
The San Antonio Spurs are 23-16-1 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
10/22/16 C Nikola Pekovic Ankle out for season
San Antonio Spurs Injuries
01/16/17 PG Dejounte Murray Ankle "?" Tuesday vs. Minnesota
01/16/17 PG Patty Mills Calf "?" Tuesday vs. Minnesota
Tony's Pick: Take San Antonio -12
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