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Timberwolves vs Pacers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves at Indiana Pacers
- Where: Indianapolis at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
- Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
- Betting Odds IND -1, MIN -117 | IND -104 O/U 235.0
The Timberwolves come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 9-8. So far, the team has gone 7-10-0 against the spread. Minnesota comes into the game having rattled off 4 straight wins. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of 7.5 points.
Minnesota is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Heat. Going into the game, they were 8 point favorites on the spread. Their 105-101 victory was not enough to cover. Minnesota was able to mount a big second half comeback in large part to a strong 3rd quarter. After trailing at the half by 13 points, they actually went into the final quarter with the lead. Leading the team in scoring was Karl-Anthony Towns, as he contributed 25 points while hitting 53.3% of his shots.
The Pacers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 10-6. So far, the team has gone 11-5-0 against the spread. In today’s game, Indiana will look to extend their 5 game winning streak. Over this stretch, they have an average scoring margin of 11.2 points.
In their previous game, the Pacers took down the Magic by a score of 123-102. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 7 point favorites. Indiana put together a strong second half, as they only held a 9 point lead going into halftime. In the win, Bennedict Mathurin led the team in scoring with 22 points on a field goal percentage of 46.2%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
This season, the Timberwolves will look to continue their strong play over Indiana, as they won both of last year’s matchups. Minnesota won game 1 of the series by a score of 129-100, and wrapped up the head-to-head meetings with a 100-98 victory. Similar to their season-long average, the Timberwolves averaged 114.5 points per game vs the Pacers. Just like the Timberwolves, the Pacers maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 109.0 points per game vs Minnesota. Through the last 5 matchups between the teams, Indiana has an ATS mark of 3-2. But, looking at the scoring margin in these games, an average of just 0 points per game seperates the teams. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 4-1. Combined, they averaged 242 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Timberwolves offense is rated 11th in the league in scoring, averaging 11th points per contest. In terms of pace, the Timberwolves are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.9 possessions per game. Minnesota has been effective on offense due to the fact that they not only play an up-tempo style, but they have one of the best effective field goal percentages in the league at 54.5%.
Defensively, Minnesota has had its problems giving up an average of 113.3 points per game (24th).
This season, the Timberwolves offense has primarily worked through Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns, who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 17 games, Edwards is 30th in the NBA at 22.06 points per game. So far, him and Towns have accounted for 37% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 43.53 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Karl-Anthony Towns is grabbing 8.88 rebounds for Minnesota to go along with 5.29 assists.
The Indiana offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 5th ranked offense at 116.8 points per game. The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.0 made 3’s per game. If the Indiana offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
Currently, the Pacers defense is ranked 26th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.94 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, Tyrese Haliburton leads the Pacers in scoring at 20.44 points per game, placing him 42nd in the NBA. Overall, Haliburton has hit 49.8% of his shots while accounting for 16.8% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 15th in points allowed to point-guards. At 19.25 points per game, Bennedict Mathurin is the 2nd leading scorer for the Pacers. For the season, he is 92nd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting an overall field goal percentage of 44.3%.
Timberwolves vs Pacers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pacers -1
- Free Total Prediction: Under 235.0
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