#707 Indiana Pacers +12 over Minnesota Timberwolves 7:05 PM CT
The Wolves have a great roster and could be very good this season but it may take some time for this group to hit its stride. The 2-1 start in encouraging but the Wolves lost by eight to a Spurs team without Kawhi Leonard and the wins have come by three and two points with the Sunday night win over Oklahoma City coming in dramatic fashion, and at least according the league review, illegally.
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This could be a dangerous follow up game with the Pacers looking formidable this season. Indiana is just 1-2 but the losses have been competitive games. Indiana is pushing the tempo this season with 115 points per game so far this season. Myles Turner is out tonight and he has missed the two losses for Indiana thus elevating this spread as Turner is one of the bright young stars in the game.
Victor Oladipo has blossomed in this style of play and this will be a big game for a pair of former Timberwolves, Thaddeus Young and Al Jefferson. Minnesota still has marginal 3-point shooting despite the additions of Jeff Teague and Jimmy Butler who are both hitting just 33 percent so far this season.
Minnesota was a double-digit favorite just four times last season and while in midseason form this group might be deserving of that kind of price, right now the mistakes and discontinuity have been clear with just a 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio and ranking as a middle-of-the-pack team in offensive and defensive efficiency while the Pacers have been a top 10 offensive team so far.
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