Minnesota Timberwolves vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 4/7/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Bally Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+5.5)
The Minnesota Timberwolves (13-38) head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday where they'll take on the Indiana Pacers (22-26). Indiana opens this contest as 5.5-point favorites. The total is set at 219.
The Minnesota Timberwolves faced the Sacramento Kings and earned the victory with a final of 116-106 in their last game. Minnesota finished with a 41.8% FG percentage (38 out of 91) and buried 12 out of their 32 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Timberwolves knocked down 28 of 33 attempts for a percentage of 84.8%. When discussing rebounding, they earned 51 with 15 of them being offensive. They also dished out 22 assists in this contest as well as forcing 14 turnovers and earning 10 steals. With respect to defending, Minnesota allowed the other team to go 44.3% from the field on 39 of 88 shooting. Sacramento dished out 27 dimes and had 9 steals in this matchup. On top of that, Sacramento grabbed 42 rebounds (10 offensive, 32 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Sacramento ended up going 79.2% at the charity stripe by knocking down 19 of their 24 tries. They buried 9 of their 36 tries from distance.
Karl-Anthony Towns is a guy who played a role for this game. He scored 23 points on 8 of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36:06 mins played and totaled 13 rebounds. Towns ended up going 44.4% from the field and also earned 5 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in the matchup for the Timberwolves was Anthony Edwards. He totaled 8 rebounds in his 37:33 min on the basketball court. He went 33.3% from the field in this contest by shooting 5-of-15 (19 points). Overall, Edwards earned 5 assists.
Minnesota enters this matchup with a record of 13-38 so far this year. They are averaging 109.2 points per contest (23rd in the NBA) while hitting 43.9% from the field. The Timberwolves are hitting 34.6% on three-point attempts (643 of 1,856) and 77.1% from the charity stripe. As a team, Minnesota is snagging 43.0 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,265 assists for the season, which ranks 11th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They are losing possession via turnover 14.2 times per contest and as a group they are committing 21.1 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Timberwolves are able to force 15.1 turnovers every game while drawing 19.1 personal fouls. They are ranked 29th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,339 relinquished so far this season. The Timberwolves defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 47.9% (772 of 973) and they surrender 46.7 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They give up 38.6% on three-point shots and they are 28th in the league in points per game from their opponents (116.7).
When they last stepped on the court, the Indiana Pacers took home the win by a final score of 139-133 when they played the San Antonio Spurs. The Pacers were able to pull down 33 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 44 for the contest. They gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while getting 10 steals in the game. The Spurs were called for 21 fouls for the game which got the Pacers to the charity stripe for a total of 26 attempts. They were able to knock down 23 of those for a rate of 88.5%. In regard to three-point shots, Indiana made 12 out of 29 attempts (41.4%). When the final whistle was blown, the Pacers finished shooting 52 out of 94 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 55.3%. The Pacers allowed the Spurs to knock down 48 of 99 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 48.5% for this contest. They finished 34.5% from three-point range by connecting on 10 out of 29 and finished the game at 27 out of 32 from the free throw line (84.4%). In the matter of rebounds, Indiana allowed San Antonio to grab 46 in total (18 offensive).
Caris LeVert ended up being a major contributor for the Pacers for the game. He knocked down 10 of 19 in the matchup giving him a rate of 52.6%, and totaled 4 rebounds. LeVert earned 26 points in his 37:51 minutes on the court and tallied 9 assists in this matchup. Another guy who came through for Indiana was Myles Turner. He accumulated 1 assist in 38:23 mins played, and he shot 6 out of 12 from the floor. Turner finished going 50.0% from the floor in addition to totaling 18 points and 7 rebounds.
Indiana has a record of 22-26 on the year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Pacers are connecting on 47.1% from the field, which ranks them 11th in the league. Indiana has accounted for 5,421 points this year (112.9 per contest) and they pull down 42.0 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 26.9 times per contest (4th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.9 times per contest. The Pacers commit 20.2 fouls every game and they hit 78.2% from the charity stripe. The Pacers on the defensive side of the court are 20th in basketball in points given up per game with 113.2. They allow 25.8 dimes and 45.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 25th and 21st in the NBA. The Indiana defense surrenders 37.6% on shots from behind the 3-point line (567 of 1,508) and their opposition knocks down 78.3% of their foul shots. They are able to force 15.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 47.0% from the floor (22nd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+5.5)
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