NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Minnesota 35 25 30 25 115
Indiana 26 38 28 30 122
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CT23:00 , February 28, 2019
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana  Attendance: 17,003

Pacers, Wolves look for quick recovery

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Minnesota Timberwolves at Indiana Pacers

  1. The Timberwolves lost their most recent game, 131-123 (OT) at Atlanta, despite leading by nine points entering the fourth quarter. Minnesota has nine losses this season when leading after three quarters, tied with Memphis for the most such losses in the league.
  2. The Pacers have lost two games in a row, including a 110-101 loss at Dallas last night. Indiana has an 8-3 record this season when playing on zero days' rest, tied with the Wizards for the fourth-best record in the NBA on the second game of a back-to-back.
  3. Over his last two games, Karl-Anthony Towns has recorded 39 rebounds and made eight three-pointers. The only other player in NBA history with at least 35 rebounds and eight three-pointers made over a two-game span was Kevin Love with the Timberwolves in March 2012.
  4. In 11 games in February, Bojan Bogdanovic has averaged 21.8 points while shooting 54.1 percent from the field. Bogdanovic has made at least half of his field-goal attempts in nine of 11 games this month, including each of his last five games.
  5. Since January 18, Derrick Rose is shooting 4.3 percent (1-for-23) from three-point range. Prior to January 18, Rose was shooting 45.7 percent (53-for-116) from beyond the arc, which was the fifth-best mark in the league at that point of the season (minimum 100 three-point attempts).
  6. The Timberwolves have won three of their last four games against the Pacers, including a 101-91 victory in October. Indiana is 12-10 against Western Conference teams this season and Minnesota is 11-10 against Eastern Conference teams this season.

Two playoff hopefuls coming off disappointing losses get together Thursday night in Indianapolis when the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Indiana Pacers.

Both teams will be playing the second night of a back-to-back after each failed to take advantage of a matchup with a non-contender on Wednesday.

The Timberwolves blew a 13-point lead against the Hawks late in the third quarter, watched Derrick Rose misfire on a potential game-winner at the end of regulation and wound up losing 131-123 in overtime at Atlanta.

Meanwhile, the Pacers saw the Mavericks take the lead in the first minute of the fourth quarter and never caught up in a 110-101 defeat at Dallas.

Both teams flew into Indianapolis early Thursday morning.

History says getting the second night of a back-to-back at home should bode well for the Pacers. They've gone 6-0 in such situations this season.

Meanwhile, the Timberwolves haven't won any of their previous six road games on second nights this year.

Minnesota's loss at Atlanta came despite a second consecutive impressive effort by Karl-Anthony Towns in his return from a car accident that sidelined him for two games.

Two days after a 34-point, 21-rebound outing in a home win over Sacramento, Towns once again demonstrated he's not feeling any aftereffects of the incident with 37 points and 18 rebounds against the Hawks.

The efforts came on the heels of a conservative approach taken by the Timberwolves, even in the heat of a playoff chase, to make sure their star big man was fully healthy both mentally and physically.

"You obviously want to make sure KAT the person is taken care of," Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders explained of the club's post-accident plan. "That's definitely put ahead of KAT the basketball player."

Towns had his first double-double of the season -- 17 points and 15 rebounds -- when the Timberwolves beat the Pacers 101-91 at home in October.

He's also had 37/12 and 18/14 games in leading Minnesota to wins at Indiana in the Timberwolves' only visits the last two seasons.

Despite the loss at Atlanta, the Timberwolves will take the court Thursday having won four of six.

They'll be taking on a team that's also been hot of late, with the Pacers' loss at Dallas on Wednesday being just their third in the past 11 games.

Bojan Bogdanovic had 22 points and Wes Matthews 20 against the Mavericks. The defeat completed a three-game trip that began with a win at Washington before consecutive setbacks at Detroit and Dallas.

The Pacers played without standout reserve Domantas Sabonis, who is expected to miss the Thursday game as well with a sprained ankle.

TJ Leaf helped fill his void, contributing nine points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes at Dallas.

"It's close to playoff basketball. It's the nature of the beast," Leaf said to reporters when asked about the injury-related ups and downs of an NBA season. "We've got to be ready for it and keep our emotions in check."

If Sabonis has to miss the Pacers' entire three-game homestand that begins Thursday, it couldn't happen at a better time.

All three visitors in the next six days -- Minnesota, Orlando and Chicago -- have losing records, and they will be entering a building in which the Pacers have won 20 of their past 25 games.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 28, 2019

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