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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 1/17/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (15 - 25) at INDIANA (26 - 15)
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games15-25-16.316-2221-19111.356.243.2%55.9114.556.645.9%57.2
Road Games9-12+2.411-912-9114.256.844.5%54.7116.756.946.5%56.4
Last 5 Games1-4-31-43-2108.055.043.3%53.0116.254.448.1%55.8
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.356.240-9243.2%13-3932.4%19-2575.7%561123219156
vs opponents surrendering111.555.741-9045.7%12-3435.6%17-2377.3%541024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)114.256.841-9144.5%14-3934.6%20-2577.2%551024219156
Stats Against (All Games)114.556.642-9145.9%11-3235.6%19-2578.7%571123227155
vs opponents averaging111.355.641-8945.9%12-3335.6%18-2377.5%541024217145
Stats Against (Road Games)116.756.943-9246.5%11-3235.6%20-2579.0%561124228156

INDIANA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games26-15+5.722-1720-21109.254.647.0%51.6106.152.844.3%53.4
Home Games16-5+8.411-810-11110.654.546.5%53.2105.050.843.9%54.0
Last 5 Games4-1+2.84-13-2108.847.849.5%48.8105.052.045.8%48.0
INDIANA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.254.642-8947.0%10-2836.7%15-1979.5%52926207125
vs opponents surrendering110.355.341-8945.8%12-3335.5%17-2376.8%531024218145
Team Stats (Home Games)110.654.542-8946.5%10-2836.7%17-2278.9%531026197126
Stats Against (All Games)106.152.839-8844.3%11-3333.8%17-2278.1%531023196135
vs opponents averaging109.655.140-8845.5%12-3435.2%17-2375.9%541024218145
Stats Against (Home Games)105.050.839-8943.9%10-3231.5%17-2178.1%541024206144
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 97.2,  INDIANA 95.1
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/8/2019@ LA LAKERS125-142L9.5L227O44-8551.8%401555-9458.5%4610
12/9/2019@ PHOENIX109-125L3L232.5O40-8547.1%541647-9549.5%499
12/13/2019LA CLIPPERS117-124L4.5L227.5O38-8544.7%461839-7949.4%5119
12/18/2019NEW ORLEANS99-107L-3L230U36-9537.9%581038-8644.2%6317
12/20/2019@ DENVER100-109L10.5W215U36-8741.4%541444-8949.4%5215
12/21/2019@ PORTLAND106-113L7T228U38-8743.7%481640-9442.6%6114
12/23/2019@ GOLDEN STATE104-113L1L220.5U35-8839.8%511638-8644.2%6119
12/26/2019@ SACRAMENTO105-104W7W220U36-10434.6%731337-10734.6%7512
1/1/2020@ MILWAUKEE104-106L18W220.5U34-9137.4%601140-9442.6%6717
1/2/2020GOLDEN STATE99-84W-3W211.5U38-9540.0%621233-7742.9%5216
1/5/2020@ CLEVELAND118-103W-6W217O47-9549.5%501640-8447.6%4920
1/7/2020@ MEMPHIS112-119L4.5L228O40-9044.4%501846-8951.7%4916
1/11/2020@ HOUSTON109-139L11L232O36-9537.9%581849-9551.6%6518
1/13/2020OKLAHOMA CITY104-117L2L218O38-9141.8%44941-8250.0%5815
1/17/2020@ INDIANA              
1/22/2020@ CHICAGO              
1/25/2020OKLAHOMA CITY              
2/1/2020@ LA CLIPPERS              

INDIANA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/9/2019LA CLIPPERS99-110L-3L217.5U34-9635.4%681340-9840.8%6610
12/13/2019@ ATLANTA110-100W-6W225U46-9250.0%531439-9441.5%5915
12/17/2019LA LAKERS105-102W2.5W209U41-8548.2%571243-9147.3%5113
12/22/2019@ MILWAUKEE89-117L8.5L220U37-10037.0%571344-10442.3%719
12/27/2019@ MIAMI112-113L5W210.5O44-9048.9%39440-8944.9%6013
12/28/2019@ NEW ORLEANS98-120L2L217.5O33-8538.8%531843-9346.2%5612
1/4/2020@ ATLANTA111-116L-7L220.5O36-8741.4%491142-8251.2%5013
1/6/2020@ CHARLOTTE115-104W-6.5W209.5O47-8952.8%471037-8145.7%4411
1/10/2020@ CHICAGO116-105W1.5W213O48-8457.1%471137-8046.2%4015
1/15/2020@ MINNESOTA104-99W-4.5W217.5U44-8551.8%491538-8843.2%4915
1/19/2020@ DENVER              
1/20/2020@ UTAH              
1/22/2020@ PHOENIX              
1/24/2020@ GOLDEN STATE              
1/26/2020@ PORTLAND              
2/1/2020NEW YORK              
MINNESOTA: LAST SEASON: 36-46, finished 11th in Western Conference.
COACH: Ryan Saunders (second season, 17-25 as interim coach last season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jeff Teague (12.1 ppg), G Andrew Wiggins (18.1), F Jake Layman (7.6), F Robert Covington (14.5), C Karl-Anthony Towns (24.4).
KEY LOSSES: G Derrick Rose, G Tyus Jones, F Taj Gibson, F Dario Saric, F Anthony Tolliver, G Jerryd Bayless, F Luol Deng.
KEY ADDITIONS: Layman, G Jarrett Culver, G Shabazz Napier, G/F Treveon Graham, F Noah Vonleh, F Jordan Bell, G Jaylen Nowell, C Naz Reid.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Towns is as versatile of a big man as there is in the league, but he can't carry the scoring load alone so the pressure will be on Wiggins to take a step forward under Saunders in the second year of his max contract extension carrying a $27 million salary cap hit. Having a healthy Covington, the team's best defender who arrived in the Jimmy Butler trade from the Sixers last season but missed the last 45 games because of a bone bruise on his knee, will be a critical factor. Culver, the sixth overall pick in the draft out of NCAA runner up Texas Tech, ought to provide more of that valuable perimeter defense along with Josh Okogie off the bench. Either of them could crack the starting lineup at some point, too.
OUTLOOK: The Timberwolves have started fresh, yet again, with Saunders, the youngest coach in the league, beneath an overhauled front office headed by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas. With Towns and Wiggins, they have a pair of under-25 standouts locked in, and a quiet offseason relative to the rest of the NBA yielded some useful role players in Layman, Vonleh, Bell, Napier and Graham. The first steps are to establish themselves as a far more consistent and efficient team on defense and shooting from the outside. With the Western Conference even more loaded than before, though, it will be tough to measure progress in the standings. Increasing their win total will be a tall order.
INDIANA: LAST SEASON: 48-34, lost in first round.
COACH: Nate McMillan (fourth season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Malcolm Brogdon (15.6 ppg), G Jeremy Lamb (15.3 ppg), F Domantas Sabonis (14.1 ppg), F T.J. Warren (18.0 ppg), C Myles Turner (13.3)
KEY LOSSES: F Thaddeus Young, F Bojan Bogdanovic, G Darren Collison, G Cory Joseph, G Tyreke Evans
KEY ADDITIONS: Brogdon, Lamb, Warren, G T.J. McConnell, F Justin Holiday
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The big question heading into this season is when will two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo return from a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee? He's not expected back until at least December and when he does start playing, it's unclear how long it will take him to return to form. Until then, this will be Turner's team and everyone will be watching how this new starting lineup plays together. Indiana expects Brogdon to play like the $85 million man while Sabonis moves from a valuable backup role into the starting lineup for the first time. Sabonis and Turner being paired together give the Pacers a more traditional two big-man look.
OUTLOOK: The Pacers know it will take time for all the new faces to get acclimated in sync, and they expect some rough patches early. But the offseason moves should give Indiana more scoring punch and better balance offensively. Defensively, it will be interesting to see how Sabonis or Turner defends the perimeter. But if the Pacers have a solid start and Oladipo is back to full strength before the All-Star break, they could become a surprise contender in the Eastern Conference.
Short-handed Wolves hope Towns returns vs. Pacers

The Minnesota Timberwolves will be short-handed again Friday night when they visit the Indiana Pacers in the second half of a home-and-home sequence.

Indiana used a dominant performance by Domantas Sabonis to capture the first half of the back-to-back 104-99 at Minnesota on Wednesday night.

The Timberwolves had hoped to get Karl-Anthony Towns back from a 14-game absence to help deal with the taller Pacers, but the All-Star center suffered an illness just when his left knee had healed to the point where he was likely to play.

Sabonis took advantage, scoring mostly from the interior en route to a season-high-tying 29 points to go with 13 rebounds.

Sabonis had been questionable for the game because of a sore left knee that had forced him to sit out one game and hampered him in a 3-for-12, 10-point outing in the Pacers' previous game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

"You feel a bit sore, but you try to wash it away when you're on the court," Sabonis told reporters about giving himself a thumbs-up before the game. "You try to just play."

Minnesota finds itself in the same situation with Towns as two nights earlier. He has been cleared to play, but now must feel up to it after battling an illness this week.

Towns likely would enjoy returning at Indiana, the site of a 42-point, 17-rebound explosion last season. The illness, plus the fact that the Timberwolves return home to face the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, make that questionable.

Several other Timberwolves, including star forward Andrew Wiggins, have been under the weather of late as well.

"We're into analytics, but I don't have the analytics on that," Minnesota head coach Ryan Saunders joked with the media of his team's health epidemic before Wednesday's loss. "You remind everybody to wash your hands."

The Timberwolves washed their hands of point guard Jeff Teague on Wednesday, agreeing to send him and Treveon Graham to the Atlanta Hawks for Allen Crabbe.

Crabbe, who averaged 13.2 points a game with the Brooklyn Nets in 2017-18, didn't find his niche on the young Hawks squad, averaging just 5.1 points in 28 games this season.

He is unlikely to join the team for Friday's game, leaving the Timberwolves another two men down.

The Timberwolves might have a high-profile spot for Crabbe with rumors that forward Robert Covington likely will be moved before the Feb. 6 trade deadline.

Covington had 14 points in Wednesday's loss to the Pacers and has scored in double figures in seven straight games, hitting four 3-pointers on five of those occasions.

Sabonis wasn't the only difference-maker in the win over the Timberwolves. Malcolm Brogdon, also coming off an illness, added 21 points on Wednesday.

En route to their third straight win, the Pacers outshot the Timberwolves 51.8 percent to 43.2 percent.

Rookie Jarrett Culver led Minnesota with 17 points, but the story of the night was Wiggins, who went scoreless in the second half of the tightly contested affair.

He finished with 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting.

The Timberwolves, who catch no break in having to deal with Toronto and the Denver Nuggets in the next three days, have lost three in a row.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 4/6/2020 12:52:47 PM EST

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