Indiana Pacers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 1/17/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves at Indiana Pacers
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Pacers -7 O/U 224
The Indiana Pacers travel to the Target Center to take on the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers beat the 76ers their last time out in a low scoring defensive shootout winning the game 101-95 to improve their record on the season to 25-15. The Timberwolves have lost two straight games the most recent to the Oklahoma City Thunder falling 117-104 to fall to 15-24 on the season.
The Pacers boast a solid offense to this point in the season averaging 109.4 points per game to rank 18th in the NBA. The Pacers balanced scoring attack features seven players averaging double figures and is led in scoring by TJ Warren who averages 18 points per game. The key for the Pacers is not Warren but Domontas Sabonis who averages a double-double with 17.8 points per game and adding 13.1 rebounds per game to lead the team. Point guard Malcolm Brogdon leads the team with 7.5 assists per game and adds 17.8 points per game.
The Timberwolves offense averages 111.6 points per game to rank 12th in the NBA but shoots just 43.2% from the field. The Timberwolves are led by all-star Karl Anthony Towns who averages 26.5 points per game while adding 11.7 rebounds per game to lead the team in both categories. Forward Andrew Wiggins averages 23.2 points per game while adding 5.1 rebounds per game. Manning the point is Jeff Teague who leads the team in assists with 6.2 per game while adding 13.3 points per game.
The Pacers also rank in the top 10 in scoring defense allowing opponents to score 106.2 points per game to rank them 8th in the NBA. The Timberwolves early season struggles can be attributed to their defense which as allowed 114.8 points per game to rank 25th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves had high expectations of making the playoffs this year but have stuttered to a start and it shows in their record against the spread with a 16-21-2 record. The Pacers are missing the best player on their roster with Victor Oladipo out indefinitely and have far outplayed their expectations. The Pacers come in with a 21-17-2 record ATS and have covered in three of their last four. Final score prediction, the Pacers take care of business at home winning and covering the spread.