San Antonio Spurs vs Minnesota Timberwolves

 

 

 

The struggling Minnesota Timberwolves look to snap their six-game losing streak when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. This is the second of back-to-back games against San Antonio, the first of which is on Saturday evening. The Spurs enter as winners of two straight after they snap their four-game losing streak.

The Timberwolves have won the last two meetings between these teams, including a 113-101 victory back in November 2019. San Antonio holds the edge in the last 10, 6-4. The Spurs are favored by five.

NOTE: Most of this preview was written before Saturday night’s game. San Antonio won Saturday night’s game in overtime, 125-122. DeRozan led with 38 points. Marcus Beasley had 29 for Minnesota. That extended the Timberwolves losing streak to seven. San Antonio did not cover the spread in this game.

Deep Roster Leading Spurs

It seems like the San Antonio Spurs are led by a different player every night. In their eight games this season, six different players have been the top scorer for the night, including LaMarcus Aldridge on Thursday when he knocked down 28 in the Spurs victory over the Lakers.

San Antonio is averaging 112.3 ppg while giving up 114.1 per contest. They are first in the NBA in shot attempts per game at 93.6, connecting on 45.4% of those shots. They are third in the NBA in three-point percentage at 44.5% and 10th in free-throw percentage at 78.2%. The Spurs are fifth in the league in assists with 26.5 and 10th in blocks (5.4).

San Antonio has seven players averaging at least 12.4 points per game, led by DeMar DeRozan at 19.1. He led the Spurs in scoring in their first two games of the season but has not been the leading scorer since. DeRozan is first on the team in assists 7.3 per game. Keldon Johnson is averaging 13.9 ppg and leads the team in rebounds at 7.3 per contest. Five different San Antonio players are averaging at least five rebounds per game.

Timberwolves Bark Worse Than Bite

Minnesota is in a terrible rut, thanks to a porous defense that has allowed opponents to score at least 123 points in each of their six losses. The Timberwolves had held Detroit to 101 points in their opening victory, then held Utah to 111, but have given up an average of 127 points to opponents over the last six games.Minnesota is averaging 108.8 ppg while allowing 121.9 per contest. They are fourth in the NBA in field-goal attempts per contest at 92.3 and are hitting on 44.0% of their attempts. They are first in the NBA in offensive rebounds per game at 12.1 per contest and sixth in steals per game (9.0).

D’Angelo Russell is the team’s leading scorer at 20.0 points per contest. He also leads the team in assists at 5.1 per game. Karl-Anthony Towns is second on the team in scoring at 19.0 ppg and is the leading rebounder at 11.5 per contest. Anthony Edwards is averaging 15.4 per game.