Indiana Pacers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 12/7/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
The Minnesota Timberwolves will play the Indiana Pacers at Target Center on Wednesday.
The Pacers stepped onto the hardwood against the Warriors and walked away with a win by a score of 112-104 in their last contest. In relation to fouls, the Pacers left the arena with 18 and the Warriors finished the game with 19 fouls. They converted 13 of 44 tries from 3-point range. Golden State finished shooting 78.9% at the charity stripe by burying 15 of their 19 shots. Additionally, Golden State pulled down 47 boards (12 offensive, 35 defensive) and got 8 rejections. Golden State distributed 26 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. In the matter of defending, Indiana let their opponent shoot 40.4% from the field on 38 out of 94 shooting. They also distributed 26 assists in this matchup as well as forcing 12 turnovers and earning 3 steals. When it comes to grabbing boards, they collected a total of 47 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. At the charity stripe, the Pacers made 11 of 18 attempts for a percentage of 61.1%. Indiana ended the contest with a 47.8% FG percentage (43 of 90) and buried 15 of their 39 3-pointers.
Andrew Nembhard is someone who played a role for this game. Nembhard finished the contest at 61.9% from the floor and recorded 13 assists. He played for 41 minutes and also collected 8 rebounds. He racked up 31 points on 13 of 21 shooting.
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Indiana heads into this game with a mark of 13-11 for the year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.8 times per game and as a unit they commit 22.0 fouls every game. As a team, Indiana is grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game and has 662 assists on the season, which is 6th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Pacers are shooting 35.7% on shots from downtown (343 of 962) and 79.1% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 115.0 pts per contest (8th in the league) while hitting 45.0% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Pacers are forcing 16.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 20.8 personal fouls. They surrender 36.8% from beyond the arc and they rank 24th in the league in opponents PPG (115.9). The Pacers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 46.7% (985 of 2,109) and they relinquish 45.3 boards per game as a team. They currently rank 17th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 619 relinquished this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Timberwolves took a loss by a score of 135-128 when they faced the Thunder. Concerning rebounding, Minnesota permitted Oklahoma City to get 42 in total (13 offensive). They finished 42.3% from distance by going 11 of 26 and finished the game at 28 of 35 from the charity stripe (80.0%). The Timberwolves allowed the Thunder to make 48 of their 93 attempts from the field which had them shooting 51.6% for the matchup. When the final whistle was blown, the Timberwolves finished the game shooting 47 out of 89 from the floor which gave them a rate of 52.8%. Regarding shots from beyond the perimeter, Minnesota converted 10 of their 30 attempts (33.3%). They were able to make 24 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 80.0%. The Thunder committed 18 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 30 tries. They also turned it over 23 times, while getting 13 steals in this contest. The Timberwolves pulled down 32 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards totaling 44 in the matchup.
D'Angelo Russell was important for the Timberwolves in this matchup. He converted 10 of 16 for this game for a field goal percentage of 62.5%, and had 3 rebounds. Russell recorded 27 points in his 36 minutes on the court and added 6 assists in the game.
Minnesota has a record of 11-12 for the campaign. The Timberwolves have committed 22.3 personal fouls every game and they go 79.2% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 26.5 times per game (10th in the league) and they are turning it over 16.6 times per game. Minnesota has totaled 2,644 pts this year (115.0 per contest) and they grab 43.1 boards per contest. As an offense, the Timberwolves are connecting on 48.3% from the floor, which is 6th in the league.
The Minnesota defense allows 37.4% on 3-point shots (318 of 851) and their opponents are making 74.7% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 27.0 assists and 44.9 boards every game, which ranks them 28th and 23rd in the league. The Timberwolves on the defensive side of the court are 26th in the NBA in PPG given up with 116.1. They have forced 15.9 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.7% from the floor (7th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Indiana
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