Indiana Pacers (25-15) at Minnesota Timberwolves (15-24)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (Target Center)
Line/Odds: Pacers (-3); Over/Under: 218.5
Free NBA Prediction Indiana Pacers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
This will be the first of two back to back meetings between these two teams with the second coming on Friday in Indiana. Last season, the Pacers won both matchups against the Timberwolves but they have a completely different roster than what they had last season in those games. In addition to Victor Oladipo being out with injury, the Pacers no longer have Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison, Cory Joseph, or Kyle O’Quinn. The Timberwolves roster has also undergone some changes since their last meeting as they are without Derrick Rose, Dario Saric, Taj Gibson, and Anthony Tolliver.
The Indiana Pacers have split their last 10 games but have won three of their last four game. They have won their last two road games which is preceded by them losing their previous four road games with two losses coming against teams with records worse than .500 (Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans). Malcolm Brogdon returned to the Pacers’ lineup on Monday in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers. He finished with 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Brogdon has struggled to remain healthy missing eight of the last 10 games for the Pacers leaving one of the games he played in after just eight minutes. The Pacers went 3-5 in the games Brogdon missed and have won seven of the last eight games he played in.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have also split their last 10 games but their stretch follows losing 11 straight games. This comes in spite of Karl-Anthony Towns missing the last 14 games for the Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins has struggled averaging just 14.8 points in his last five games (almost 10 points below his 23.2 season average). Robert Covington has played well for the Timberwolves lately averaging 16.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.2 blocks in his last six games.
Indiana are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games against an opponent in the Northwest division.
Indiana are 6-4 in their last 10 games against an opponent in the Western Conference.
Indiana are 2-4 in their last 6 road games.
Minnesota are 5-15 SU in their last 20 games.
Minnesota are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Central division.
Minnesota are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games played on a Wednesday.
This game could be very interesting as Karl-Anthony Towns is questionable to play and Domantas Sabonis is also questionable. The Timberwolves have both been at .500 over their last 10 games. This could be a very competitive game and a very difficult game to call. In order for the Timberwolves to get the win Andrew Wiggins is going to need to have a big game. He has not played up to expectation since coming back from a four-game absence. I am going to go with each team taking the win on their respective home floor so the Timberwolves tonight then the Pacers on Friday night.