Pacers vs Timberwolves 1/15/2020 NBA Prediction, Pick, Tips
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana -2.5
Target Center is the venue where Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-24, 5th in the Northwest Division) will take on the Indiana Pacers (25-15, 2nd in the Central Division) on Wednesday. The line on this matchup has Indiana as 2.5 point favorites. The O/U has been set at 220.
The Pacers cover the spread 56.4% of the time, having gone 22-17-1 ATS. Minnesota is covering 43.2% of the time, going 16-21-2 against the spread.
Key Indiana Pacers Injuries
10/19/19 SG Victor Oladipo Knee is out indefinitely
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
01/13/20 SF Jake Layman Toe is questionable Wednesday vs Indiana
01/13/20 C Karl-Anthony Towns Knee is questionable Wednesday vs Indiana
Domantas Sabonis comes into this contest averaging 17.8 points per game while playing 34.3 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 13.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 52% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 72%. Malcolm Brogdon averages 17.8 points per game in 30.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 7.5 assists per contest and 4.5 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 93%.
Karl-Anthony Towns averages 26.5 points per game while playing 33.9 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 11.7 rebounds per game and has 4.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is at 80%. Andrew Wiggins averages 23.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.1 rebounds per contest and 3.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 75%.
Useful Team Statistics
Indiana averages 109.4 points per contest this season, which ranks them 18th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.1 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 7th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 4th in the league. They average 43.6 rebounds per game and 25.9 assists per game, which ranks them 23rd and 6th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 30th with 12.9 per game. The Pacers allow 106.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 8th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 8th and 6th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.9 rebounds a game which ranks 11th and they give up 23.2 assists per contest, which puts them in 9th place in the league. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota is 12th in the league with 111.6 points per game this year. They are 29th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -3.2. They shoot 32% from 3-point range, which is good for 29th in the NBA. They are 7th in the league in rebounding with 46.5 boards per game, and 23rd in assists per contest with 22.5. The Timberwolves are 10th in turnovers per game with 15.4. The Timberwolves surrender 114.8 points per contest, which ranks them 25th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 17th and 17th in those defensive statistics. They rank 11th with 23.2 assists allowed per contest and 30th with 48.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Timberwolves are 25th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.7 per game.
The Pacers are 12th in the league in defensive rating with 107.3, and their offensive rating of 110.4 is ranked 10th. They are 25th in the NBA in pace with 98.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 13th. As a unit they are 16th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shot attempts, ranking 29th in the NBA. Indiana is 26th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 24th in the NBA.
Minnesota is 17th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 15th in the NBA. The Timberwolves are 22nd in the league in defensive rating with 109.7, and their offensive rating of 106.7 is ranked 16th. They are 7th in the NBA in pace with 102.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 27th. As a unit they are 25th in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shot attempts, ranking 4th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Pacers/Timberwolves NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Indiana -2.5
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