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Looking for Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Indiana Pacers free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the ‘Wolves taking on the Pacers on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Target Center in Minnesota, Minneapolis. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(28-44) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Indiana Pacers (37-36)
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Target Center – Minnesota, Minneapolis
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Indiana -5
NBA Betting Total: 208.5
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Neither the Timberwolves nor the Pacers have met expectations this season. Indy, while never a legitimate threat to dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers as division champions, were supposed to be a borderline second-tier team with the additions of Al Jefferson and Jeff Teague — not to mention a fully healthy and reacclimated Paul George.
The ‘Wolves were also supposed to take a step forward and push for a return to the postseason.
While neither team has met expectations, both remain relevant and (mostly) competitive.
This one has larger implications for the seventh-seeded Pacers than it does for the 12th-seeded T-Wolves, but this also has potential to be a hard-fought contest that comes down to the wire.
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 27, 2017.
The trajectory of Minnesota’s season changed when Zach LaVine tore his ACL. The one-time dunker has become a well-rounded player known for his all-around game as a legitimate third scoring option on this ‘Wolves roster.
Okay…maybe he’s still known as a dunker to most fans…but that’s doing his game and his reputation a disservice.
The problem, of course, is that the Timberwolves have had to try to find ways to replace him since his injury.
Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns have picked up their games and have become one of the best one-two punches in the league, but guys like Ricky Rubio and other complementary pieces aren’t going to scare a defense the way LaVine does.
Indy sits in seventh place out East, but their spot in the playoffs is far from a lock.
Currently, the Pacers are in a three-way tie as far as record is concerned with the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks. That’s the good news — this group can land in a higher seed if the stars align.
The bad news, however, is that the Pacers are also just two games ahead of the No. 8 Miami Heat and No. 9 Detroit Pistons.
If Indiana is going to come away with a win against Minnesota, it’s going to need to channel the defensive midset needed to contain Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
If that dynamic duo is allowed to take over this game, it’s going to be unlikely that the Pacers come away with a win.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Timberwolves are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Timberwolves are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- Pacers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Pacers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Pacers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win
- Road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
We’re not buying the pacers as five-point favorites. They could ultimately come away with a win and nobody should be shocked, but to pick them at -5 ATS is doubting what the Timberwolves can do with both Towns and Wiggins are locked in.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Minnesota +5
We’re going to take things one step further and predict that Minnesota gets the win straight up here, but if you’re not comfortable making that call, picking them ATS should be your next option.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves 105 – Indiana Pacers 103
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