Indiana Pacers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 11/25/13
Minnesota Timberwolves (8-7) at Indiana Pacers (12-1)
NBA Basketball: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers look to maintain their perfect home record tonight when they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to town.
The Pacers will be looking for their fourth straight win tonight after taking down the shorthanded 76ers by 106-98 on Saturday. Without the presence of Thaddeus Young or Spencer Hawes in the paint, Roy Hibbert was able to take full advantage of a lack of interior defense to put up 27 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks. Paul George also added 19 points and David West flirted with a triple-double, tallying 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. On defense the Pacers were the Pacers, holding the 76ers to 34.3 percent shooting from the field and 16 percent from the three point line. In fact, the Pacers top the league in points allowed at just 87.6 points per game but that will be tested tonight against a Timberwolves team averaging 106.9 points so far.
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Speaking of the Timberwolves, they have certainly shown that they can score in bunches, but they haven't yet shown that they can win on a consistent basis. After ripping apart the Nets by 30 points on Friday, the Wolves came out slow against the Rockets the following night and couldn't take advantage of a team playing without their leader in James Harden. Kevin Love led the way with 27 points and 15 rebounds, Corey Brewer added 22 points and Kevin Martin had 19, but the Wolves shot just 40 percent from the field against one of the worst defensive teams in the league and that cost them in the end. Defensively, the Wolves did a decent job on Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons, but it was Aaron Brooks who caught fire off the bench and scorched them for 26 points in just 25 minutes. The Wolves have now lost three of their last four to drop to 8-7 on the season and 2-5 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Wolves are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 28-11 ATS in their last 39 games following a loss of more than 10 points, while the Pacers are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and the Wolves are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Indiana.
The game presents a major clash of styles which I love, but in picking a winner, I can't go past the Pacers who are still undefeated at home. Not only that, they've dominated the Wolves in the past so it's really a no brainer for me. Ride the hot team.