Minnesota Timberwolves at Indiana Pacers Pick

Date: 
January 17, 7:00 PM EST
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Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Indiana -8.5

The Minnesota Timberwolves (15-25) will hit the road to take on the Indiana Pacers (26-15) at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, for a cross-conference collision. The tip is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET and set to be televised on FSN. Minnesota and Indiana met just two days ago in the Twin Cities when the Wolves curated hosting duties. The Pacers would pull off the win and produce a slim cover while doing so in a 104-99 win, closing as a four-point favorite.

Timberwolves at Pacers Key Injury Concerns

The Timberwolves will be without the services of big man, Karl Anthony Towns. The Minnesota Center is sidelined with a left knee sprain. His return to the hardwood remains unknown.

Timberwolves at Pacers Overview

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves come into this contest riding a three-game losing streak and have failed to cover over this span. On the road this season, Minnesota stands at 9-12 SU, which ironically enough fares better than their home record of 6-13 SU.

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Indiana Pacers

The Pacers come into this game in opposite form to their counterparts. The Pacers have won and covered successfully in their last three outings. Unlike their opponents who struggle at home, Indiana has been a stalwart all season in Indianapolis going 16-5 SU on their own court.

Reasons To Back Minnesota

There is little question that the Timberwolves are taking back a bigger number in their follow up to Wednesday's result as a result of Indiana winning and covering along with the Pacers' overall supremacy at home this season. However, Minnesota gave Indiana a run for its money, and that was without their best player. There is an old adage that a back-to-back against any given team is hard to sweep. While Indiana may indeed pull off a win here yet again, Minnesota will have all the belief in the world to think they can take it to the Pacers. Operating with more points compared to Wednesday’s closing line, the T-Wolves bode equity here.

Reasons To Avoid Indiana

Situationally, this line has all the makings of an overlay, albeit Indiana wins by an average of 5.5 points on their own court. On the flip-side, the T-Wolves lose by just 2.5 points when they are away from home. No matter how this market is dissected, it is very well likely that Indiana is laying too many points here. After all, Minnesota does play better basketball on the road than it does at home. Nothing typifies this more than the Wolves upsetting Miami, Portland, and San Antonio already this season. All of these teams are known for strong home court presences.

Timberwolves at Pacers Prediction

I wouldn't be shocked if the Timberwolves pulled off an upset to add to their catalog of eyebrow-raising road wins. However, there are too many points here to pass on, and thus I will play it conservatively. Minnesota can win this one outright, but the differential should by no more than a couple of possessions regardless of who the victor is. Give me the T-Wolves with the points.

Free Pick: 
Take Minnesota +8.5
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