Minnesota Timberwolves vs Golden State Warriors

 

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The Minnesota Timberwolves will travel to the Chase Center to face off against the Golden State Warriors in a Western Conference battle. These teams faced off against one another on Monday and Golden State won 130-108. The Timberwolves are sitting at 4-12 and the Warriors are 9-8 on the season.

These teams just faced off so it’ll be interesting to see the changes in the coaching decisions for this second game. Let’s take a deeper dive into Minnesota and Golden State to decide where we should be placing our wagers with the best chance of getting a profit.

Hot vs Not

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been depending on the output from their point guard D’Angelo Russell this season after Karl-Anthony Towns was diagnosed with COVID-19. He is averaging 20.5 points, three rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.4 steals in 30.7 minutes per game. He is improving his shooting numbers as he is 43.2 percent from the floor, 40 percent from three-point range, and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Hawks, Russell played 21 minutes and finished with nine points, two rebounds, and four assists. He is recovering from a quad injury that forced him to miss the first game against the Warriors, so he can potentially play here.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been an awful defense so far this season as they are giving up 116.7 points, which is 27th in the NBA. In their last game against the Pelicans, they allowed 118 points on 44-of-89 (49.4 percent) from the floor, 14-of-30 (46.7 percent) from deep, and 37 free-throw attempts. If the T-Wolves can figure out how to limit the amount of open shots, it can really improve their defense even more than it has been great.

Steph Curry With the Shot

The Golden State Warriors have been depending on the output from their point guard Stephen Curry this season as he is averaging 28.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, six assists, and 1.3 steals in 33.9 minutes per game. He is improving his shooting numbers as he is 45.8 percent from the floor, 41 percent from three-point range, and 92.2 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Timberwolves, Curry played 34 minutes and finished with 36 points, four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. If he can figure out how to replicate that game while cutting back on some of the turnovers, this should be a huge game for Curry and the Warriors.

The Golden State Warriors have been a bad defense so far this season as they are giving up 114.7 points, which is 24th in the NBA. In their last game against the Timberwolves, they allowed 108 points on 39-of-94 (41.5 percent) from the floor, 8-of-24 (33.3 percent) from deep, and 25 free-throw attempts. If the Warriors can figure out how to limit the amount of open shots, it can really improve their defense even more than it has been great.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

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The Warriors already proved they can beat this Timberwolves team just a couple nights ago. With the question mark surrounding D’Lo playing in this game, get the line where it is now. The Warriors are solid against teams with losing records while the Timberwolves are struggling against the spread. Go with Golden State in this game.

Prediction:
Golden State

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These teams have good offenses this season. The Timberwolves are averaging 107.1 points per game and are shooting 43.6 percent from the floor while the Warriors are averaging 112.6 points per game and are shooting 44.8 percent from the floor. The over has hit in six of the last seven road games for the Timberwolves against teams with a winning home record while it also hit in four of the last five games for the Warriors. Go with the OVER in this game, even with the question marks surrounding this one.

Prediction:
OVER