Minnesota Timberwolves vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, Preview and Odds - 11/23/2022

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Venue:  Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN 
Where to Watch:  BSIN

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  T-Wolves -1, Pacers +1; Over/Under:  235.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  T-Wolves -1, Pacers +1; Over/Under:  235.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  T-Wolves -1.5, Pacers +1.5; Over/Under:  235.5 points
 

Season Record

Minnesota Timberwolves:  9-8 (4th place, Northwest Division)
Indiana Pacers:  10-6 (3rd place, Central Division)
 
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Recent Form
Minnesota Timberwolves:  5-5 last 10
Indiana Pacers:  8-2 last 10

 

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Indiana Pacers Preview and Analysis

 
The Timberwolves are coming into this game with a 9-8 record overall and they are 4-3 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 4 game winning streak with wins coming against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Orlando Magic, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Miami Heat in their last game. Karl-Anthony Towns led the team in points in that game with 25 while Anthony Edwards was next on the team with 22 points. Karl-Anthony Towns led the team in assists in that game with 9 while Rudy Gobert led the team in rebounds with 9. They were 43.5% from the field, 29.8% from 3-point range, and 85% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 114.3 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 114.4 PPG against them. The Timberwolves have an ATS record of 6-11 this season and their O/U record is 7-10.
 
 
 
The Pacers are coming into this game with a 10-6 record overall and they are 6-3 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 5 game winning streak with wins coming against the Toronto Raptors, the Charlotte Hornets, the Houston Rockets, and the Orlando Magic in their last 2 games. Bennedict Mathurin led the team in points in that game with 22 while T. J. McConnell was next on the team with 19 points. Tyrese Haliburton led the team in assists in that game with 14 while Aaron Nesmith and Isaiah Jackson each led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 50% from the field, 28.3% from 3-point range, and 88.9% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 116.8 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 114.1 PPG against them. The Pacers have an ATS record of 11-5 this season and their O/U record is 8-7-1.

 

Timberwolves vs Pacers Prediction

The current betting odds have the Timberwolves listed as a 1 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Timberwolves got out to a really rough start this season as they made a lot of big moves in the off-season but they didn't pay off as their team had to deal with a lot of issues on the court. Those deals are starting to look a lot better now though as the Timberwolves have been gaining some steam lately with a few wins and they have been playing much better together as a team in their games. The Pacers have also found a lot of success lately as they have been on a big run winning 5 games in a row now and they only have 1 loss in their last 10 games. The Pacers have been playing so well lately that they are now a top 5 team in the Eastern Conference right now, but they still don't have a ton of talent on this team and their recent play is not going to hold up for long. The Timberwolves have a lot of better players on their team and now that they are getting hot in their games lately, there is no reason why they wouldn't win this game since they are a much better team. The best way to place a bet here is on the Timberwolves to cover the spread in this game.
 
Timberwolves Pacers Prediction:  Our NBA Pick for Wednesday, November 23, 2022 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Timberwolves 124 Pacers 116.
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NBA Betting Trends

 
Minnesota Timberwolves: 8-19 ATS after a win by 6 points or less. 1-8 ATS off a no-cover where the team won straight up as a favorite. 16-9 OVER as a road favorite. 
Indiana Pacers: 27-15 ATS after playing 2 consecutive home games. 103-68 OVER in all games. 38-14 OVER when the total is greater than or equal to 230.
 

Key Injuries

 
Minnesota Timberwolves:  K. Anderson (SF) Ques Wed - Back.
Indiana Pacers:  A. Nembhard (PG) Ques Wed - Knee. D. Theis (PF) Out indefinitely - Knee. C. Duarte (SG) Mid Dec - Ankle.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
“We just didn’t play very hard. Got to play harder. We’ve been playing harder. We didn’t have a lot of juice in the first half, and I don’t know exactly why. Sometimes when you come back from a road trip that’s how it is. It’s one of the things in the NBA that happens.” - Chris Finch after his team’s win against the Heat in their game on Monday.
 
 
“It's gritty, it's who we're trying to be. The crowd was into it. It was a fun game to win.” - Rick Carlisle after his team’s win against the Magic in their game on Saturday.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Minnesota Timberwolves
PG D'Angelo Russell
SG Anthony Edwards
SF Jaden McDaniels
PF Karl-Anthony Towns
C Rudy Gobert
 
Indiana Pacers
PG Tyrese Haliburton 
SG Andrew Nembhard 
SF Buddy Hield
PF Jalen Smith
C Myles Turner
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Minnesota Timberwolves
PPG: A. Edwards (22.1)
APG: D. Russell (6.2)
Reb/G: R. Gobert (12.3)
 
Indiana Pacers
PPG: T. Haliburton (20.4)
APG: T. Haliburton (10.7)
Reb/G: M. Turner (8.5)
 
Coaches:
Minnesota Timberwolves: Chris Finch (3rd season)
Indiana Pacers: Rick Carlisle (2nd season)
 


Rod Pearson

About the Author:

Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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