Minnesota Timberwolves at Miami Heat NBA Picks & Predictions 12/30/2018
Sunday, December 30, 2018
American Airlines Arena
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The Minnesota Timberwolves head to American Airlines Arena to take on the Miami Heat on Sunday, December 30, 2018. The opening line for this game has Miami as 1 point favorites.
The Timberwolves have a record of 16-19. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They have a point differential of -0.1 as they average 111.4 points per game while giving up 111.5 per contest. The Heat have an overall record of 17-17 this season. They are 2nd in the Southeast Division. They average 106.7 points per game and surrender 105.9, good for a point differential of 0.8.
Valuable Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 18-16-0 against the spread this season
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 15-19-0 against the over/under this year
Important Miami Heat Betting Trends
The Miami Heat are 18-14-1 against the spread this season
The Miami Heat are 17-15-0 against the over/under this year
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
12/29/18 PG Derrick Rose Ankle injured last game, is questionable Sunday vs Miami
12/21/18 PG Jeff Teague Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Miami Heat Injuries
12/19/18 PG Goran Dragic Knee is out indefinitely
10/11/18 G Dion Waiters Ankle is out indefinitely
Karl-Anthony Towns averages 21.2 points per contest in 33.6 minutes per game this year. He averages 2.7 assists per game and 11.8 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 49% for the season while his free throw percentage is 84%. Andrew Wiggins comes into this game averaging 16.6 points per contest while playing 33.5 minutes per night. He grabs 4.2 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.2 assists per game. His FG percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage is 72%.
Josh Richardson averages 18.4 points per game and he sees the court an average of 35.0 minutes per game. He also hauls in 3.9 rebounds per game and dishes 3.8 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is 85%. Hassan Whiteside scores 13.2 points per contest while playing 26.3 minutes per game. He hauls in 12.8 rebounds per contest and has 0.9 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage is at 44%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Timberwolves allow 111.5 points per contest which is 22nd in the NBA. They also surrender a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 14th and 27th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.5 rebounds a game which ranks 26th, and they allow 25.7 assists per game which puts them in 28th place in the league. They force 15.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in the NBA. Minnesota averages 111.4 points per contest, which is 13th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -0.1 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 22nd. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 7th in the NBA. They average 44.3 boards per contest and 24.4 assists per game, which ranks them 19th and 14th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 25th with 13.0 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Heat give up 105.9 points per game, which ranks them 8th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 44% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 3rd and 21st in those defensive statistics. They rank 2nd with 21.6 dimes allowed per game and 18th with 45.1 boards surrendered per contest. The Heat are 13th in the league in forcing turnovers with 13.9 per contest. Miami is 25th in the NBA with 106.7 points per contest this season. They are 28th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 0.8. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 10th in the league. They are 5th in the NBA in rebounding with 47.5 boards per contest and 20th in assists per game with 23.1. The Heat are 15th in turnovers per contest with 14.3.
The Timberwolves are 14th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111, and their defensive rating of 111.1 is ranked 19th. In terms of pace they are 13th in the league with 99.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 25th. As a team they are 21st in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 25th in the league. Minnesota is 28th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 11th in the league.
Miami is 13th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 27th in the league. The Heat are 21st in the NBA in offensive rating with 108.1, and their defensive rating of 107.3 is ranked 8th. In terms of pace they are 22nd in the league with 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 26th. As a team they are 26th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 8th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Miami -1 and under 216 total points
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