Charlotte Hornets at Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Picks & Predictions 12/5/2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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The Charlotte Hornets travel to Target Center to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota as 5 point favorites.
The Hornets have a record of 11-12. They are 1st in the Southeast Division. They have a point differential of 3.7 as they average 114.4 points per game while giving up 110.7 per contest. The Timberwolves have an overall record of 12-12 this season. They are 4th in the Northwest Division. They average 109.5 points per game and surrender 109.7, good for a point differential of -0.2.
Valuable Charlotte Hornets Betting Trends
The Charlotte Hornets are 14-9-0 against the spread
The Charlotte Hornets are 11-12-0 against the over/under
Important Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 12-11-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 8-15-0 against the over/under
Key Charlotte Hornets Injuries
12/04/18 PG Kemba Walker Ankle is probable Wednesday vs Minnesota
12/03/18 F Marvin Williams Shoulder is out indefinitely
12/02/18 F Cody Zeller Ribs is probable Wednesday vs Minnesota
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
10/20/18 PG Jerryd Bayless Knee is out indefinitely
Kemba Walker comes into this contest averaging 26.5 points per game while playing 35.0 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 82%. Jeremy Lamb averages 15.2 points per game in 28.2 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.8 assists per contest and 5.4 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 89%.
Andrew Wiggins averages 15.1 points per game while playing 32.8 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3.6 rebounds per game and has 2.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is at 74%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 20.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 12.0 rebounds per contest and 2.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 89%.
Useful Team Statistics
Charlotte averages 114.4 points per contest this season, which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 11th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 13th in the league. They average 43.9 rebounds per game and 24.3 assists per game, which ranks them 21st and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 30th with 12.0 per game. The Hornets allow 110.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 15th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 16th and 9th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.0 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 24.9 assists per contest, which puts them in 22nd place in the league. They force 15.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 21st in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota is 16th in the league with 109.5 points per game this year. They are 25th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -0.2. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 7th in the NBA. They are 20th in the league in rebounding with 43.9 boards per game, and 19th in assists per contest with 23.1. The Timberwolves are 25th in turnovers per game with 13.3. The Timberwolves surrender 109.7 points per contest, which ranks them 13th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 13th and 21st in those defensive statistics. They rank 27th with 25.3 assists allowed per contest and 25th with 46.5 rebounds surrendered per game. The Timberwolves were 23rd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.3 per game last season.
The Hornets are 6th in the league in defensive rating with 109.6, and their offensive rating of 113.3 is ranked 14th. They are 13th in the NBA in pace with 100.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 11th. As a unit they are 9th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 11th in the NBA. Charlotte is 30th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 10.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 14th in the NBA.
Minnesota is 27th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 16th in the league. The Timberwolves are 13th in the NBA in offensive rating with 110.2, and their defensive rating of 110.3 is ranked 17th. In terms of pace they are 19th in the league with 99.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 25th. As a team they are 22nd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shots, ranking 22nd in the league.
Who will win tonight's Hornets/Timberwolves NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Charlotte +5
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