NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Minnesota 31 25 38 43 137
Indiana 35 42 32 32 141
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)00:0019:00 ET5:00 PM CT22:00 , April 7, 2021
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

Pacers out to turn around season against Timberwolves

According to STATS
According to STATS

Minnesota Timberwolves at Indiana Pacers

  1. The Pacers have won the last four games in this series, including a 134-128 win on February 17. That's Indiana's third most points in a game this season and it was the Pacers' most ever points in a game against Minnesota.
  2. When these teams met on February 17, each team had a pair of 30-point players: Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon for Indiana; Karl-Anthony Towns and Malik Beasley for Minnesota. It's one of five NBA games this season in which each team had two players score 30+ points.
  3. The Pacers have been held under 100 points in three of their last four games, but in their other game in that stretch they scored a season-high 139 points in an overtime win against the Spurs.
  4. The Timberwolves won their first two games of the season, but they have not put together a winning streak since then, going 0-11 in games after a win.
  5. Jeremy Lamb was 4-for-12 on field-goal attempts last night and over his last nine games he's made only 31.9 percent of his shots. Lamb made 49.4 percent of his shots over his first 20 games of the season.
  6. Towns has averaged 26.8 points per game against the Pacers, his second highest scoring average against one opponent (28.2 against the Wizards).

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

Updated April 7, 2021

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