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Monday 10/22/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




INDIANA (2 - 1) at MINNESOTA (1 - 2)
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INDIANA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games2-1+12-12-1114.758.751.9%56.7104.353.041.8%50.7
Road Games0-1-10-11-0101.053.043.7%53.0118.062.047.3%61.0
Last 5 Games2-1+12-12-1114.758.751.9%56.7104.353.041.8%50.7
INDIANA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)114.758.745-8751.9%11-2347.1%13-2164.5%571121227165
vs opponents surrendering111.35642-8947.5%11-2741.0%16-2367.5%521121237145
Team Stats (Road Games)101.053.038-8743.7%6-1833.3%19-2770.4%53914257173
Stats Against (All Games)104.353.037-8841.8%14-3738.4%17-2470.4%51923219156
vs opponents averaging109.659.339-8446.3%13-3338.4%19-2672.7%54925238175
Stats Against (Road Games)118.062.044-9347.3%17-4637.0%13-2161.9%611127269178

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games1-2-10-33-0125.064.048.5%49.3125.059.747.2%56.3
Home Games1-0+10-11-0131.071.050.6%48.0123.054.048.4%49.0
Last 5 Games1-2-10-33-0125.064.048.5%49.3125.059.747.2%56.3
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)125.064.042-8748.5%10-2442.3%30-3489.2%491024269144
vs opponents surrendering123.26144-8750.2%14-3046.5%21-2584.6%51926238124
Team Stats (Home Games)131.071.044-8750.6%10-2540.0%33-3594.3%48928219137
Stats Against (All Games)125.059.745-9547.2%12-3336.7%24-3177.2%561626255145
vs opponents averaging114.254.742-9444.8%11-3136.8%19-2574.5%551425225124
Stats Against (Home Games)123.054.045-9348.4%8-2334.8%25-2986.2%491326245143
Average power rating of opponents played: INDIANA 92.7,  MINNESOTA 95
INDIANA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/19/2018@ MILWAUKEE101-118L3.5L217O38-8743.7%531744-9347.3%6117
10/22/2018@ MINNESOTA              
10/24/2018@ SAN ANTONIO              
10/27/2018@ CLEVELAND              
10/31/2018@ NEW YORK              
11/2/2018@ CHICAGO              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/17/2018@ SAN ANTONIO108-112L2.5L212O39-9142.9%521140-9343.0%6412
10/20/2018@ DALLAS136-140L2L220.5O44-8452.4%481749-9850.0%5616
10/24/2018@ TORONTO              
10/29/2018LA LAKERS              
11/2/2018@ GOLDEN STATE              
11/4/2018@ PORTLAND              
11/5/2018@ LA CLIPPERS              
11/7/2018@ LA LAKERS              
INDIANA: LAST SEASON: 48-34, lost in Eastern Conference first round.
COACH: Nate McMillan (third season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Darren Collison (12.4 ppg, 5.3 assists), G Victor Oladipo (23.1 ppg, 2.36 steals), F Bojan Bogdanovic (14.3 ppg) , F Thaddeus Young (11.8 ppg, 6.3 rebounds), C Myles Turner (12.7 ppg, 6.4 rebounds, 1.82 blocks)
KEY LOSSES: G Lance Stephenson, C Al Jefferson
KEY ADDITIONS: G Tyreke Evans, F Doug McDermott, F Kyle O'Quinn, G Aaron Holiday
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Oladipo spent most of the offseason fine-tuning his game in hopes of proving his first All-Star appearance was no fluke. He needs to demonstrate he can still excel while being the focal point of opposing defenses. Turner worked on getting stronger and more flexible, hoping it will make him a better rebounder and more consistent defender. Evans and McDermott add scoring punch off the bench.
OUTLOOK: Last year's surprise ascension in the Eastern Conference could be just the start. The entire starting lineup returns intact along with the top two bench players (Domantas Sabonis and Cory Joseph). Evans, McDermott and O'Quinn should strengthen the bench. And if last year's first-round pick (T.J. Leaf) and this year's top pick (Aaron Holiday) produce as McMillan believes they can, they could become a serious threat to conference favorites Boston and Toronto.
MINNESOTA: LAST SEASON: 47-35, lost in first round.
COACH: Tom Thibodeau (third season, eighth NBA season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jeff Teague (14.2 ppg), G Derrick Rose (8.4 ppg) OR Jimmy Butler (22.2 ppg), F Andrew Wiggins (17.7 ppg), F Taj Gibson (12.2 ppg), C Karl-Anthony Towns (21.3 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: G Jamal Crawford, F Nemanja Bjelica
KEY ADDITIONS: F Anthony Tolliver, G Josh Okogie, F Keita Bates-Diop, F Luol Deng
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Butler requested a trade less than a week before the beginning of training camp. Thibodeau has said the Wolves will only grant his wish if they find a deal that makes sense for them, but the likelihood of Butler joining them on the floor after all the bluster is low. Assuming a trade is consummated, the Wolves would almost certainly receive a starter as part of a package. For now, Rose is playing the shooting guard spot after a decent showing down the stretch last season as yet another former Chicago Bulls player to reunite with Thibodeau.
OUTLOOK: Though the Wolves were able to celebrate their return to the playoffs last spring after a 13-year absence, they were already facing a rough road back in a rugged Western Conference that only got deeper over the summer. Then Butler's unhappiness came to a head. The good news for the Wolves is that Towns has continued to improve into one of the game's best big men with a smooth 3-point shot to boot, and at age 22 he already has his super-max contract signed. Even if this season proves to be a step back, Towns will be the franchise cornerstone for years to come.
Timberwolves look to crank up defense vs. Pacers

When asked about what needs to be fixed about his team's defense, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau gave a succinct two-word answer.

"A lot," Thibodeau told reporters after Saturday's 140-136 loss in Dallas when Jimmy Butler sat out to rest.

Butler is expected to play Monday and the Timberwolves hope to start getting some improved defense when they host the Indiana Pacers.

Through three games, Minnesota is allowing 125 points per game, owns one of the league's worst defensive ratings of 121.7 and is allowing opponents to shoot 47.2 percent. On Saturday, as Butler rested on the second night of a back-to-back and did not make the trip, the Wolves allowed 43 points in the fourth quarter when the Mavericks shot 68 percent and 50 percent for the game.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 31 points but only grabbed five rebounds on a night when the Mavericks won the rebounding battle 42-33. It marked the third straight game Minnesota was outrebounded.

"We have to as bigs get to rebounds," Towns said. "Get good box-outs and have to, as a team, gang rebound and get the ball. We got a lead by getting those rebounds, getting in transition and utilizing our athleticism and our speed and our talent. We have to be able to utilize that better."

Butler was replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Josh Okogie, who scored six points in 28 minutes. Okogie will be on the bench Monday as will Derrick Rose, who scored 28 points but also allowed Dennis Smith Jr's game-winning three-point play with 6.1 seconds left.

"It seemed like everybody I was sticking tonight hit a shot, a tough shot on me," Rose said. "I got to do a better job with contesting shots."

Minnesota will hope to do better in all facets against a team which is starting a three-game trip that will send them to San Antonio and Cleveland. So far, the Pacers have won two of three, sandwiching home wins against Memphis and Brooklyn around a double-digit loss at Milwaukee on Friday.

"We got to be ready to the road," Indiana guard Victor Oladipo said. "A different type of environment. It's more hostile and guys are ready to play. They're ready to defend their home court."

Indiana learned those things the hard way Friday in Milwaukee when it shot 43.7 percent, committed 17 turnovers and trailed by as many as 28.

The Pacers rebounded nicely on Saturday with a 132-112 victory over Brooklyn. Oladipo scored 25 points for the second straight game but this time things were drastically better for the Pacers.

Indiana shot 55 percent, placed eight in double figures and led by as many as 29 while scoring 30 points off 20 turnovers. The Pacers also registered 58 points in the paint and were 16 of 24 from 3-point range.

"We could be very effective if we continue to get contributions from everybody like that," Oladipo said. "For the most part, we just have to keep getting better. If we do that and continue to keep growing, continue to keep playing with confidence through good days and bad days, then the sky is the limit for us."

Indiana played without forward Domantas Sabonis because of a bruised right knee and is questionable for Monday. If Sabonis does not play, Kyle O'Quinn would likely see some of those minutes after getting 16 points and eight rebounds.

The Pacers have won their last four trips to Minnesota but struggled in the last meeting in Indianapolis. In Minnesota's 107-90 victory Dec. 31, the Wolves scored the first 12 points and held Indiana scoreless for the first 6:45 as Butler scored 26 points.

Last Updated: 4/24/2019 9:53:44 PM EST

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