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Bet on the NBAFrom the land of Ten Thousand Lakes to the Speedway City, Minnesota will attempt to cross the finish line ahead of Indiana tonight as the Timberwolves and Pacers jump the ball up at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy beginning at 7:00ET.

Unlike the Indy cars at the "500", Minnesota is ill equipped entering tonights contest. First and foremost they are without all, everything, Kevin Love, who is out indefinitely with concussion symptoms. They had already lost pin point scorer Ricky Rubio for the year and Luke Ridnour is also among the missing.

To their credit, on Saturday they gave it their all against a top team, the Oklahoma City Thunder before succumbing to them 115 to 110 at home. J.J. Barea stepped up with 24 points and pitched in 10 assists, while Anthony Randolph had a double, double with 22 points and 11 boards. Michael Beasely had a solid performance as well with 26 points.

Having lost 9 in a row, the TWolves (25-36) are out of playoff contention trailing eighth place Houston by 7.5 games in the West. They are 12-19 on the road.

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By contrast, Indiana has made the move to third in the East off the strength of a 38-23 record. They trail Miami by 4.5 games for the 2 spot On Saturday, in Milwaukee, the Pacers picked up a nice road victory, 105-99 against the Bucks. Roy Hibbert had 23 points and 14 boards and Danny Granger had 21 points of his own. The Pacers outrebounded the Bucks 54 to 43 overall. Indiana point guard Darren Collison was missing for his fourth straight game with a groan strain.

In this years first game between these two teams, Kevin Love scored 21 points and had 17 rebounds, but Indiana still prevailed by 10. As mentioned earlier, Love is now out indefinitely. Granger has been hot of late, averaging 23 points in April and usually performs well against Minnesota.

The Pacers have beat the Timberwolves four straight. Indiana is a solid NBA odds 10.5 point favorite, if you are willing to lay $110 to win $100. Another wager of $110 will be required on the over/under set at 199.5.

 

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