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Scouting Report | Wolves at Pacers

by Timberwolves.com

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

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6 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North Plus
Where to Listen: 830 WCCO

The Minnesota Timberwolves wrap up a three-game road trip when they take on the Pacers at 6 p.m. Tuesday night in Indiana.

The Wolves come into the game at 28-44 overall and are in 12th place in the Western Conference. The Pacers enter at 37-36 on the season and are in a three-way tie with the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

A few tidbits entering Tuesday night’s game:

  • If the Wolves win on Tuesday, they will match last year’s win total of 29 wins.
  • After Tuesday’s game, Minnesota will return home for a three-game homestand, the longest remaining homestand of the regular season.
  • Indiana enters the game 5-5 in its last 10 games. Minnesota has a 3-7 record during that span.

Coming Off Of…

Minnesota is coming off of a 112-100 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Andrew Wiggins had 20 points to lead the way for the Wolves. Kris Dunn had a career-high 17 points and four rebounds, Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio had 16 points each, Gorgui Dieng had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Shabazz Muhammad added 13 points off the bench.

Indiana is coming off of a 107-94 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday in Indiana.

Paul George had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Myles Turner had 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Pacers. Jeff Teague had 16 points, Al Jefferson had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Monta Ellis, C.J. Miles and Aaron Brooks each added 10 points.

Last Matchup

The Pacers hold a 1-0 season series advantage over the Wolves this season. The last matchup came on Jan. 26 in Minneapolis where Indiana came away with a 109-103 win.

In that game, Towns had 33 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, Zach LaVine had 23 points and five assists, Wiggins had 21 points and five rebounds, Dieng and Muhammad had eight points each, and Rubio added four points, 12 assists and four steals for the Wolves.

For the Pacers, Goerge had 32 points and five assists, Turner had 23 points and six rebounds, Teague had 20 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds, and Thaddeus Young and Miles had nine points each.

Tuesday’s game is the second and final meeting between Minnesota and Indiana this season.

Key Matchup: Andrew Wiggins vs. Paul George

A matchup to watch in Tuesday night’s game will come between Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins and Indiana’s Paul George.

Wiggins is having a career year in his third NBA season. Through 72 games, Wiggins is averaging 23.1 points, four rebounds, 2.4 assists and one steal per game. In his last 10 games, Wiggins has averaged 22 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and one steal a game.

George is having another stellar season in his seventh year in the NBA. Through 66 games, he is averaging 22.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. In his last 10 games, George has averaged 25 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists a game.

Injuries

Indiana: Jefferson (ankle), Glenn Robinson III (calf) and Rodney Stuckey (knee) are questionable.

Minnesota: Nemanja Bjelica (foot), LaVine (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) are out. 

Projected Starters

Indiana: PG – Teague, SG – Ellis, SF – George, PF – Young, C – Turner

Minnesota: PG – Rubio, SG – Rush, SF – Wiggins, PF – Dieng, C – Towns 

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