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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Indiana Pacers Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021
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Minnesota vs. Indiana Recap APR 7TH 2021
Bojan Bogdanovic gave Indiana the lead for good on a layup with 3:57 remaining, and the Pacers used a strong defensive finish to hold on for a 122-115 victory Thursday night over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Indianapolis.
Bogdanovic finished with a season-high 37 points, helping the Pacers overcome a season-best 42-point explosion by Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns for a ninth win in their last 12 games.
Indiana won the game by outscoring Minnesota 16-8 after the Timberwolves had taken a 107-106 lead with 5:58 to go.
Bogdanovic's layup put the Pacers on top 109-107, and his 3-pointer 40 seconds later created a five-point margin.
He capped his big night with a pair of hoops in the final 1:30 as the Pacers held the Timberwolves at arm's length.
The tight finish capped a fourth quarter in which there were six lead changes and two ties.
Minnesota's last lead came at 107-106 with 5:58 to go on a hoop by Towns. But the Timberwolves didn't make another shot until they'd fallen eight points behind with just 26.7 seconds left, going 0-for-3 on two-pointers and 0-for-5 on threes.
Their only three points during a critical 12-3 Pacers run came on two free throws by Taj Gibson and one by Jeff Teague, but they also missed three foul shots down the stretch.
In recording the fifth 40-point game of his career, Towns shot 15-for-29, but missed four of his last five attempts, including three 3-pointers.
Reserve T.J. Leaf backed Bogdanovic with 18 points for the Pacers. Thaddeus Young (15 points), Wes Matthews (12) and Kyle O'Quinn (10) also scored in double figures for Indiana.
Towns completed a double-double with a game-high 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Teague and Anthony Tolliver chipped in with 13 points apiece for Minnesota while Gibson had 12, Andrew Wiggins 11 and Derrick Rose 10.
Both teams had double-digit leads in the first three quarters, which ended with the Pacers clinging to a 92-90 advantage.
The Pacers made the big run of the first 36 minutes, turning a 12-point deficit into a 64-60 halftime lead with a 24-8 burst. Young had 11 points and Bogdanovic 10 in the run.
--Field Level Media
The Indiana Pacers rapidly are adding injuries to their roster and losses to their record.
The Pacers will look to get healthier on both fronts Wednesday night when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves in Indianapolis.
Indiana sustained its fourth loss in five outings overall and ninth in the last 10 games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday with a 113-97 setback to the Chicago Bulls.
The Pacers faced the Bulls without All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis (sprained left ankle) and point guard Malcolm Brogdon (sore right hip). They soon played without NBA shot-blocking leader Myles Turner, who sustained a sprained left ankle in the third quarter. Coach Nate Bjorkgren told reporters after the game that Turner's X-ray was negative.
"You get frustrated with things, no doubt about it," Bjorkgren said of the team's injuries. "We want to be better, I want to be better, the guys want to be better. Some guys go down (but) we haven't used it as an excuse at all. We have guys on this team that can play, guys on this team that I believe in very much."
One of those players is Caris LeVert, who recorded a team-high 20 points to lead Indiana on Tuesday. LeVert has made 19 of 37 shots over his past two games after sinking just 17 of 53 shots in his previous four.
LeVert, however, admitted that the numerous injuries have played a role in the team's chemistry.
"When you're playing with different lineups, getting chemistry and getting rhythm that's a huge thing that not a lot of people talk about," LeVert said. "We're still trying to find lineups that work well together."
Sabonis and Brogdon lit up the Timberwolves in the teams' last meeting, a 134-128 overtime win for Indiana on Feb. 17. Sabonis collected a career-high 36 points to go with 16 rebounds and 10 assists while Brogdon added 32 points and nine boards.
Minnesota's Malik Beasley erupted for 31 points in that contest, however the promising star will be sidelined between four and six weeks with a left hamstring injury.
"It seems like we're always adjusting to something. We'll figure out a way," Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said of his team, which has won three of its past seven games after posting a 116-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday. That stretch comes on the heels of Minnesota losing 34 of its first 44 games on th season.
D'Angelo Russell scored 13 of his team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to highlight his return from arthroscopic knee surgery. He missed 26 games.
Karl-Anthony Towns added 23 points and 13 rebounds against the Kings. He had 30 and 10, respectively, in the Timberwolves' previous encounter with the Pacers.
"Every game we value," Towns said. "Me and (Russell) on the court, you can see the vision we all had. When we're on the court, we can do special things. We can open the floor for everyone else. We can make (rookie Anthony Edwards') job easier as well, give him more chances to do what he does and be special."
--Field Level Media
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- @Sacramento W 134 - 120
- @L.A. Clippers L 105 - 124
- Miami W 111 - 119
- Milwaukee L 130 - 105
- Brooklyn L 127 - 97
- Brooklyn D 0 - 0
- Chicago W 117 - 121
- @Boston L 136 - 145
- @Indiana L 137 - 141
- Sacramento W 106 - 116
- San Antonio L 109 - 94
- @Atlanta L 117 - 129
- @Utah L 111 - 119
- @Houston W 132 - 124
- L.A. Clippers L 126 - 115
- @Memphis W 132 - 125
- @Orlando W 111 - 106
- Minnesota W 137 - 141
- Chicago L 113 - 97
- @San Antonio W 139 - 133
- @Sacramento(04-20-21) W 134 - 120
- @Utah(12-26-20) W 116 - 111
- Utah(01-27-19) L 125 - 111
- @Houston(03-17-19) L 102 - 117
- Oklahoma City(03-14-19) W 106 - 108
- Detroit(03-24-21) W 111 - 116
- @Orlando(04-09-21) W 111 - 106
- Portland(07-23-20) W 88 - 91
- Timberwolves @ Pacers 137-141
- Pacers @ Timberwolves 134-128
- Timberwolves @ Pacers 115-122
- Pacers @ Timberwolves 91-101
- Timberwolves @ Pacers 107-90
- Pacers @ Timberwolves 130-107
- Timberwolves @ Pacers 115-114
- Pacers @ Timberwolves 109-103
- Pacers @ Timberwolves 102-88
- Timberwolves @ Pacers 103-107
|New York Knicks||32||27||.542||19-10||13-17||106.2||104.3||L2||8-0-2|
|Portland Trail Blazers||32||24||.571||16-12||16-12||114.3||114.7||L1||4-0-6|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||20||38||.345||9-20||11-18||105.3||114.3||L11||1-0-10|
|Los Angeles Clippers||40||19||.678||23-8||17-11||115.0||108.1||L1||8-0-2|
|Los Angeles Lakers||35||23||.603||17-13||18-10||109.9||106.1||L1||5-0-5|
|Golden State Warriors||29||29||.500||17-10||12-19||112.9||113.3||L1||6-0-4|
|San Antonio Spurs||28||28||.500||12-18||16-10||110.6||111.1||L2||4-0-6|
|New Orleans Pelicans||25||33||.431||16-15||9-18||114.7||115.4||L4||4-0-6|
- KneeOut indefinitely | out
Oladipo is out of the lineup with right knee soreness, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.
- BackOut Wed | out
Sabonis sat out the last game with lower-back soreness, and he will not face the Thunder on Wednesday.
- ToeOut indefinitely | out
Turner has a partial tear in the plantar plate of his right big toe, and he will miss an extended period.
- KneeQues Wed | questionable
Lamb was held out of the previous contest with left knee soreness, and it remains to be seen if he will take the court for Wednesday's clash with the Thunder.
- AnkleQues Wed | questionable
Bitadze was removed from the previous game with a left ankle sprain, leaving his status against the Thunder on Wednesday up in the air.
- AnkleQues Wed | questionable
McDermott is dealing with a left ankle sprain, and it is unknown if he will take on the Thunder on Wednesday.
- AnkleProb Mon | probable
McDermott has sat out the previous three contests with a left ankle sprain, but it is projected that he will be in Monday's lineup versus the Spurs.
- AnkleOut indefinitely | out
Turner will miss an extended period with a left ankle sprain.
- LegQues Wed | questionable
Nowell has missed the previous three games with a lower-leg injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Wednesday versus the Kings.
- KneeProb Tues | probable
Towns left the last contest with a knee injury, but it is likely that he will face the Kings on Tuesday.
- PersonalQues Fri | questionable
Towns has missed the last two games while tending to a personal matter, and it is unknown if he will be available for Friday's battle with the Heat.
- LegQues Tues | questionable
Nowell has missed the previous four contests with a right tibia contusion, and it is unclear if he will he will face the Nets on Tuesday.
- PersonalProb Fri | probable
Okogie missed the last game tending to a personal matter, but it is likely that he will be available for Friday's matchup with the Celtics.
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