Indiana Pacers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 2/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (-5)
Target Center is the site where and the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-20) will take on the Indiana Pacers (14-14) on Wednesday. Minnesota opens this game as 5-point dogs. The total opens at 223.
The Indiana Pacers faced the Chicago Bulls and went home with a loss by a final score of 120-112 in their last game. Indiana finished the game having earned a 42.4% field goal percentage (39 of 92) and converted 9 of their 33 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Pacers converted 25 of their 31 shots for a percentage of 80.6%. In regard to pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 47 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 18 dimes in this matchup as well as earning 9 steals and 14 blocks. With respect to the defense, Indiana let their opponent shoot 43.1% from the floor on 44 out of 102 shooting. Chicago recorded 25 assists and had 6 steals in this matchup. On top of that, the Bulls snagged 60 rebounds (13 offensive, 47 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Chicago shot 86.4% when shooting free throws by knocking down 19 of their 22 tries. They also buried 13 out of their 33 shots from long range.
Domantas Sabonis is a guy who was a major factor for the matchup. He scored 25 points on 7 out of 19 shooting. He played for 43:13 minutes played and also collected 10 rebounds. Sabonis ended up going 36.8% from the floor and also recorded 5 assists. One more player that came through in this game for the Pacers was Malcolm Brogdon. He grabbed 15 boards and also tallied 5 dimes. He finished the contest at 40.0% from the field in this matchup by shooting 10-of-25 (23 points). Overall, Brogdon saw the court for 41:50 min.
Indiana heads into this one with a win-loss record of 14-14 so far this season. The Pacers are hitting 36.7% on three-point attempts (348 of 947) and 77.1% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 112.7 points per game (17th in the league) on 47.3% from the floor. They are turning it over 13.5 times per game and as a team they are committing 20.6 fouls per game. As a unit, Indiana is pulling in 42.7 boards per game and is sitting with 746 assists so far this year, which ranks 4th in the league in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Pacers are able to force 15.0 turnovers per game while drawing 18.6 fouls. The Pacers are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.0% (419 of 522) and they surrender 45.4 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They rank 23rd in the league in giving up assists with 708 conceded so far this year. They concede 37.9% on 3-point attempts while they are 11th in basketball in PPG allowed (111.4).
When they last played, the Minnesota Timberwolves went home victorious with a score of 116-112 when they faced the Toronto Raptors. The Timberwolves pulled down 35 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 for the game. They also rejected 8 attempts while earning 6 steals for the game. The Raptors were called for 22 fouls in the game which took the Timberwolves to the free throw line for 19 tries. They were able to make 14 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 73.7%. Pertaining to shooting from distance, Minnesota converted 16 of their 39 tries (41.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Timberwolves ended up going 43 out of 82 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 52.4%. The Timberwolves allowed the Raptors to make 38 out of their 91 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 41.8% for the matchup. They went 30.3% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 10 out of 33 and walked away from this one shooting 26 of 31 from the free throw line (83.9%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Minnesota allowed Toronto to pull down 38 in all (10 offensive).
Malik Beasley ended up being a major contributor for the Timberwolves for the matchup. He buried 7 out of 13 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 53.8%, which had him finishing with 20 points. Beasley had 3 rebounds in his 37:14 mins of time on the court and accounted for 6 dimes for the matchup. One more player who came through for Minnesota was Karl-Anthony Towns. He scored 20 points in his 33:27 mins played by going 8 of 11 shooting for this contest. Towns finished going 72.7% from the floor and also totaling 3 assists and 11 rebounds.
Minnesota has a win-loss mark of 7-20 so far this year. Minnesota has earned 2,922 pts for the campaign (108.2 per game) and they average 43.3 rebounds per game. The Timberwolves are committing 21.6 personal fouls every game and they go 74.3% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Timberwolves are shooting 44.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 28th in basketball. They are getting an assist 24.6 times per game (19th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.2 times per game. The Timberwolves on the defensive end are ranked 26th in basketball in points allowed per game with 115.7. They are forcing 15.1 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 47.5% from the field (24th in the NBA). The Minnesota defense gives up 37.3% on shots from distance (310 of 830) and their opposition knocks down 78.7% of their free throw attempts. They concede 25.8 dimes and 47.0 rebounds per game, which ranks them 25th and 25th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Indiana (-5)
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