Minnesota Timberwolves at Indiana Pacers NBA Picks & Predictions 2/28/2019
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, February 28, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has Indiana as 3.5 point favorites.
The Timberwolves have a record of 29-31. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They have a point differential of 0.3 as they average 112.2 points per game while giving up 111.9 per contest. The Pacers have an overall record of 40-21 this season. They are 2nd in the Central Division. They average 108.6 points per game and surrender 103.3, good for a point differential of 5.3.
Valuable Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 32-28-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 32-28-0 against the over/under
Important Indiana Pacers Betting Trends
The Indiana Pacers are 31-29-1 against the spread
The Indiana Pacers are 26-35-0 against the over/under
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
02/25/19 PG Jeff Teague Knee is questionable Monday vs Sacramento
01/03/19 SF Robert Covington Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Indiana Pacers Injuries
02/26/19 F Domantas Sabonis Ankle is downgraded to OUT Wednesday vs Dallas
02/26/19 G Tyreke Evans Illness is questionable Wednesday vs Dallas
01/24/19 G Victor Oladipo Knee is out for season
Karl-Anthony Towns comes into this contest averaging 23.3 points per game while playing 33.1 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 12.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 52% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 84%. Andrew Wiggins averages 17.7 points per game in 34.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.4 assists per contest and 4.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 40% for the year while his free throw percentage is 71%.
Darren Collison averages 10.8 points per game while playing 28.1 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3.0 rebounds per game and has 6.0 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is at 84%. Myles Turner averages 13.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.9 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is 72%.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota averages 112.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 14th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.3 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 18th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 14th in the league. They average 45.0 rebounds per game and 24.6 assists per game, which ranks them 16th and 15th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 27th with 13.3 per game. The Timberwolves allow 111.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 18th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 17th and 28th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.0 rebounds a game which ranks 18th and they give up 25.3 assists per contest, which puts them in 24th place in the league. They force 15.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 22nd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Indiana is 22nd in the league with 108.6 points per game this year. They are 2nd in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 5.3. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 5th in the NBA. They are 24th in the league in rebounding with 43.4 boards per game, and 7th in assists per contest with 26.1. The Pacers are 19th in turnovers per game with 14.0. The Pacers surrender 103.3 points per contest, which ranks them 1st in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 4th and 15th in those defensive statistics. They rank 12th with 24.3 assists allowed per contest and 3rd with 42.9 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pacers are 27th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 16.1 per game.
The Timberwolves are 12th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.5, and their defensive rating of 111.3 is ranked 19th. In terms of pace they are 15th in the league with 100.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 25th. As a team they are 22nd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shots, ranking 26th in the league. Minnesota is 28th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 11th in the league.
Indiana is 13th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 20th in the league. The Pacers are 16th in the NBA in offensive rating with 110.3, and their defensive rating of 105 is ranked 2nd. In terms of pace they are 23rd in the league with 98.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 8th. As a team they are 13th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 29% of their shots, ranking 28th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Timberwolves/Pacers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Indiana -3.5
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