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NBA : First Half Matchup
Wednesday 1/15/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



INDIANA (25 - 15) at MINNESOTA (15 - 24)
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Wednesday, 1/15/2020 8:05 PM
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INDIANA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games25-15+4.721-1720-20109.454.646.9%51.7106.252.644.3%53.5
Road Games9-10-3.810-910-9108.154.747.3%50.1107.654.644.8%53.1
Last 5 Games3-2-1.23-24-1110.249.047.4%48.8108.453.047.5%48.2
INDIANA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.454.642-8946.9%10-2836.9%15-1979.6%52926207125
vs opponents surrendering110.155.241-8945.7%12-3335.4%17-2276.8%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)108.154.742-8947.3%10-2837.1%13-1780.6%50926217124
Stats Against (All Games)106.252.639-8844.3%11-3333.7%17-2278.2%541023196135
vs opponents averaging109.555.140-8845.5%12-3435.2%17-2376.1%541024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)107.654.639-8744.8%12-3336.1%17-2278.3%531023177135

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games15-24-15.316-2121-18111.656.243.2%56.1114.856.745.7%57.4
Home Games6-12-17.75-129-9108.755.441.7%57.8112.656.444.8%58.6
Last 5 Games2-3-12-34-1111.856.444.6%53.2116.053.247.3%55.8
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.656.240-9243.2%13-3932.2%19-2675.7%561122229156
vs opponents surrendering111.555.841-9045.7%12-3435.6%18-2377.4%541024218145
Team Stats (Home Games)108.755.439-9341.7%12-4029.5%19-2674.0%581321229146
Stats Against (All Games)114.856.742-9145.7%11-3235.7%20-2578.8%571123227156
vs opponents averaging111.255.641-8945.9%12-3335.5%18-2377.5%541024217145
Stats Against (Home Games)112.656.440-9044.8%12-3235.8%20-2578.4%591122227155
Average power rating of opponents played: INDIANA 95.1,  MINNESOTA 97.1
INDIANA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/6/2019@ DETROIT101-108L-1L212U38-8345.8%411139-8744.8%6317
12/7/2019@ NEW YORK104-103W-5.5L209U41-8548.2%491639-9640.6%6111
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@ MINNESOTA              
1/19/2020@ DENVER              
1/20/2020@ UTAH              
1/22/2020@ PHOENIX              
1/24/2020@ GOLDEN STATE              
1/26/2020@ PORTLAND              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/6/2019@ OKLAHOMA CITY127-139L3.5L217O50-9652.1%451349-8855.7%5010
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              
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.
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.
With Brogdon back in fold, Pacers take on T-wolves

With one key player possibly returning by month's end, the Indiana Pacers have gladly welcomed another one back in time for the first of two consecutive games against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, this one in Minneapolis.

Guard Malcolm Brogdon played his first full game since Dec. 22 on Monday, flirting with a triple-double -- 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds -- in a 101-95 defeat of the Philadelphia 76ers.

"It's a lot of fun, especially a competitive game like that," Brogdon told FOX Sports Indiana following the win. "Being with my guys, being on the floor, (to) be able to pull out a win like that, it's good to be back out there."

Brogdon missed eight of the Pacers' previous nine games, and played fewer than eight minutes in an attempted return on New Year's Day. He missed five straight after that, a stretch in which the Pacers went 2-3.

His return came at an important juncture. By knocking off Philadelphia, Indiana is one game up on the 76ers in the loss column as the teams currently sit fifth and sixth in the Eastern Conference standings.

"There was definitely rust, but I've got really patient teammates (who) continue to feed me," Brogdon said.

With Brogdon back in the lineup, Indiana now awaits the return of guard Victor Oladipo. The two-time All-Star told Stadium last week that he is eyeing Jan. 29 for his first action since sustaining a ruptured quadriceps last January.

In the meantime, the Pacers embark on a stretch with six road games over their next seven contests, beginning Wednesday at Target Center.

Wednesday's matchup is the first of two straight against Minnesota, which visits Indiana on Friday.

The Timberwolves are .500 at 5-5 since snapping an 11-game losing streak last month, but they may be without All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns against Indiana.

Towns missed Minnesota's 117-104 loss to Oklahoma City on Monday, the second of two straight losses sending the Timberwolves into Wednesday's contest.

"We have guys out who are big parts of this team," Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders said in his postgame news conference Monday. Jake Layman has been out since Jan. 5.

Saunders alluded to the absences impacting consistency, in particular second-leading scorer Andrew Wiggins scoring just 10 points in the loss. However, Naz Reid came off the bench to score 20.

"I was happy with what Naz was able to do. I was happy with Josh (Okogie)'s dribble penetration and the way he was able to kick to shooters and guys at the rim," Saunders said.

Potentially being down Towns presents a matchup issue for Minnesota against Indiana. At 26.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, Towns is the Timberwolves' statistical leader, and the best possible counter to Indiana's Domantas Sabonis.

Sabonis comes in also averaging a double-double at 17.8 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. He is Indiana's second-leading scorer behind T.J. Warren, who scored 21 points in the win over Philadelphia.

Warren is also a little more than a week removed from hitting a season-high 36 points against Charlotte.

Indiana's offensive balance poses difficulties for a Minnesota defense allowing 114.8 points per game -- more than all but five teams in the NBA.

The Timberwolves allowed 139 points in a 30-point loss Saturday at Houston.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 12/2/2020 5:22:08 PM EST

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