Minnesota Timberwolves at Brooklyn Nets NBA Picks & Predictions 1/3/2018
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Barclays Center to play the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota as 3.5 point favorites.
The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 24-14. They are 1st in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of 2.8 as they are averaging 108.7 points per game while giving up 105.9 per contest. The Nets have an overall mark of 14-23. They currently are 5th in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 107.2 points per contest and giving up 109.6, which is a point differential of -2.4.
Valuable Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 17-19-2 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 20-17-1 against the over/un=DEr
Important Brooklyn Nets Betting Trends
The Brooklyn Nets are 22-15-0 against the spread
The Brooklyn Nets are 15-21-1 against the over/un=DEr
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
12/27/17 PG Jeff Teague Knee is out indefinitely
Key Brooklyn Nets Injuries
11/13/17 PG D'Angelo Russell Knee is out indefinitely
10/19/17 PG Jeremy Lin Knee is out for season
Jimmy Butler comes into this contest averaging 21.5 points per game while playing 37.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 5.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is currently at 88%. Andrew Wiggins averages 17.7 points per game in 36.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.8 assists per contest and 4 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 63%.
DeMarre Carroll averages 12.6 points per game while playing 28.7 minutes per contest this year for the Nets. He grabs 6.8 rebounds per game and has 1.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage currently is at 76%. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson averages 15 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.5 rebounds per contest and 2.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota averages 108.7 points per contest this season, which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 2.74 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team, which has them ranked 6th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 22nd in the league. They average 41.6 rebounds per game and 22.9 assists per game, which ranks them 23rd and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover =DEpartment they rank 29th with 13.3 per game. The Timberwolves allow 105.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 18th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 30th and 20th in those =DEfensive categories. Opponents average 41 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd and they give up 24.1 assists per contest, which puts them in 26th place in the league. They force 16.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Brooklyn is 8th in the league with 107.2 points per game this year. They are 28th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -2.38. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 27th in the NBA. They are 4th in the league in rebounding with 45.6 boards per game, and 16th in assists per contest with 22.6. The Nets are 6th in turnovers per game with 15.7. The Nets surren=DEr 109.6 points per contest, which ranks them 26th in the NBA. Their =DEfense is allowing a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 15th and 7th in those =DEfensive statistics. They rank 8th with 21.5 assists allowed per contest and 29th with 46 rebounds surren=DEred per game. The Nets are 2nd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.3 per game this season.
The Timberwolves are 5th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.7, and their defensive rating of 109.8 is ranked 9th. In terms of pace they are 20th in the league with 95.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 10th. As a team they are 7th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 27% of their shots, ranking 28th in the league. Minnesota is 29th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 2nd in the league.
Brooklyn is 9th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 20th in the league. The Nets are 18th in the NBA in offensive rating with 106.6, and their defensive rating of 108.9 is ranked 11th. In terms of pace they are 4th in the league with 100.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 22nd. As a team they are 18th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shots, ranking 3rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's Timberwolves/Nets NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Brooklyn +3.5
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