Indiana Pacers (14-14) at Minnesota Timberwolves (7-20)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +6 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Indiana Pacers pay a visit to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center on Wednesday night.
The Indiana Pacers have been in a real slump lately as they’ve lost seven of their past 10 games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Bulls in a 120-112 overtime home loss on Monday. Domantas Sabonis led the team with 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocks, Malcolm Brogdon added 23 points with 15 rebounds and five assists while TJ McConnell chipped in with 19 points on eight of nine shooting. As a team, the Pacers shot 42 percent from the field and nine of 33 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to force overtime, only to go ice-cold as they scored just two points in the first 3:13 of overtime.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in terrible form lately as they’ve lost 10 of their last 13 games and they will be hoping to bounce back after last night’s 112-104 home loss to the Lakers. Anthony Edwards led the team with 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Karl-Anthony Towns added 15 points on seven of 10 shooting while Ricky Rubio and Jordan McLaughlin each scored 13 points. As a team, the Timberwolves shot just 42 percent from the field and 16 of 34 from the 3-point line as they hung with the Lakers right until the fourth quarter where the Lakers went on a 15-5 run to put the Timberwolves into a 14-point deficit that they couldn’t overcome.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games against a team below .400 and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Timberwolves are 12-27 ATS in their last 36 home games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games playing on zero days’ rest and 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine games overall.
Head to head, the over is 17-8-1 in the last 26 meetings overall and the Pacers are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Minnesota.
The Pacers have really gone cold lately and their confidence must be low after dropping that overtime loss to the Bulls on Monday, but they still have plenty of players performing like Sabonis and Brogdon, so you feel that they’ll turn things around sooner rather than later. The Timberwolves have been more competitive in recent games as Towns has provided a real boost to them, but that just hasn’t been translating into wins for them. The Pacers are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Minnesota and I think we’re going to see that trend continue as the Pacers should be able to get their season back on track with a much-needed win here.