Timberwolves vs. Pacers Prediction
Will the Indiana Pacers hand another loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves when the two meet up tonight at 7PM ET?
529 Minnesota Timberwolves vs. 530 Indiana Pacers
Thursday, February 28, 2019
7PM ET – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Pacers are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -4.5 points against the Timberwolves. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 221.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 65 percent going on the Pacers at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Timberwolves fall in OT
Minnesota is coming off a 131-123 loss at Atlanta last night. The loss snapped a six-game cover streak for the Timberwolves. Minnesota is now 29-32 overall, 9-22 on the road, 32-29 against the spread and 33-28 with the over.
The Timberwolves have the ability to score, averaging 112.4 points per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field. Defensively, Minnesota is giving up 112.2 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 46.1 percent from the field. Jeff Teague, Luol Deng and Gorgui Dieng are all questionable to play tonight. Karl-Anthony Towns is leading the team with 23.6 points and 12.3 rebounds per game while Derrick Rose is adding 18.4 points and 4.6 assists per contest.
Pacers lose two straight on the road
Indiana is coming off a 110-101 loss at Dallas last night for its second straight loss and failed cover. The Pacers are now 40-22 on the season, 23-8 at home, 32-30 against the spread and 35-27 with the under.
The Pacers have the league’s top defense, allowing just 103.5 points per game this season. They are also holding opponents to 44.8 percent shooting. Indiana averages only 108.5 points per game on offense while shooting 47.9 percent as a team. Tyreke Evans is questionable to play tonight while Domantas Sabonis is doubtful due to injuries. Sabonis is averaging 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Bojan Bogdanovic is leading the team with 17.1 points per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Timberwolves are 4-1 against the spread in their last five against Central Division opponents and 4-0 ATS in their last four road games against a team with a winning home record.
The Pacers have covered in six straight home games against a team with a losing road record and in six of their last eight on no rest.
Both teams played on the road last night, so each should have some tired legs. I think that favors Indiana, who was able to sleep at home last night and has the better defense. Offense should suffer from the games last night and that plays into Indiana’s hands. The Pacers like to control tempo and Minnesota will struggle to break that cycle. Despite the injury questions, I will go with Indiana at home against an unreliable Minnesota team.
NBA Prediction: Indiana Pacers -4.5