Free NBA Pick: Pacers @ Timberwolves
Date/Time: February 19th, 8:00 p.m. ET
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On Wednesday in NBA betting action east meets west as the Minnesota Timberwolves play host to the Indiana Pacers at 8:00 ET on ESPN inside the Target Center.
The Pacers are 7-3 SU in their L/10 games and got off to a fast start in the second half of the season on Tuesday with a 108-98 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Indiana was powered by another strong performance from F Paul George who had 26 points, three assists, and three steals in the win. George is having an outstanding season averaging 22.3 points and 6.3 boards per game. There isn’t much not to like about the Pacers who lead the Eastern Conference standings by 2.5 games over the Miami Heat. The return of F Danny Granger has only made this team tougher to beat. He’s only averaging 8.6 points per game, but the Pacers are 21-7 SU since he came back from injury back on December 20th, 2013. The defense has been dominant for Indiana as it gives up just 90.5 points per game as the NBA’s No. 1 defensive unit. The emergence of C Roy Hibbert has been a huge help to that defense as he averages 2.5 blocks per game to go with 11.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The Pacers are one of the most solid teams on the road this season and have a 14-10 ATS record in those games.
The Timberwolves will be playing their first game since the All-Star break in this one. Their last game was six days ago in a 117-90 blowout of the Denver Nuggets at home. Superstar F Kevin Love led the way scoring 32 points to go with 11 rebounds and eight assists as he flirted with a triple-double. Minnesota F Corey Brewer added 22 points and five steals in the win. Love hasn’t been quite the one-man show he has been in the past as this team finally has some depth up front with Brewer and C Rony Turiaf. Also having a solid year for the Timberwolves has been PG Ricky Rubio who rounds out what is the league’s No. 4 offense scoring 105.5 points per game. Minnesota will need all the offense it can muster in this one against a stingy Indiana defense. In the last meeting Indy defeated Minnesota 98-84 back on November 25th, 2013 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Love led the way with 20 points and 17 boards in that one, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
The Pacers are playing a back-to-back situation in this one and that could play a big part in keeping the Timberwolves close on their home floor. Minnesota is 15-12 SU on its home floor this season as it hosts Indiana who is one of the league’s best road teams at 15-9 SU. We expect to see defense beat offense in this game with Hibbert and George playing a big part for the Pacers. Look for Indy to struggle early, but turn it on to get a win on Wednesday night. Indiana 95 – Minnesota 84
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