Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves Preview
Two teams that could desperately use wins meet tonight, as the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Golden State Warriors. Minnesota is 4-3 and ninth in the West. They lost their last two games, which was not helped by the suspension of Karl-Anthony Towns. The Timberwolves have split games at the Target Center so far this season, so they’ll look to win another for the home crowd tonight.
The Golden State Warriors went from still being a contender in the West to now being 13th in the West with a 2-6 record. They are 1-2 on the road, but their young players have been scrappy, and having D’Angelo Russell back in action tonight could help supply some extra offense.
Tonight’s game is the first of three regular-season meetings between the teams this season. The Warriors went 3-1 against Minnesota last season.
Time: 8 PM ET
Arena: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Channel: NBCSBA, FSNTH
Warriors: D’Angelo Russell (P), Kevon Looney, Draymond Green, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jacob Evans (O)
Timberwolves: Jeff Teague, Jordan Bell (Q), Shabazz Napier (D)
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
The Golden State Warriors were able to surprise the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night with six players finishing in double figures, led by rookie Eric Paschall, who had 34 points and 13 rebounds. They were able to get the win thanks to a 34-point first quarter and 40-point fourth quarter.
The Warriors tried to battle again on Wednesday night against another tough Western Conference opponent in the Houston Rockets but came up short in a 129-112 loss, but head coach Steve Kerr was proud of his team’s effort.
“A big part of this league is just fighting,” Kerr said after the game. “Keeping your energy and your spirit up all the time. Whether you’re having a good night or a bad night, it can’t be dependent on your own success.”
The Warriors needed just a bit more offense to keep up with James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and PJ Tucker. Alec Burks came off the bench for 28 points in the loss, and Paschall continued his hot streak with 19 points and six rebounds. Glenn Robinson III broke out of his slump with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The one positive note from the endless injuries the Warriors have been dealt with is that other players, especially unknown players are getting to play in bigger roles, which should make the Warriors much deeper much like Denver last year. Getting D’Angelo Russell back will be a nice boost to the Warriors offense.
Minnesota Timberwolves Starting Lineup
The Minnesota Timberwolves are on a two-game skid and both losses have been big ones as they allowed over 130 points in both games, first in a 134-106 shellacking at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks in which they could not stop Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Karl-Anthony Towns came back from his suspension the next game, but the Wolves did not fare much better as the 2-5 Memphis Grizzlies won 137-121. This time it was the backcourt combo of Dillon Brooks and rookie Ja Morant who went off, scoring 31 and 26 points each.
Wolves forward Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 30 points, but he noted afterward that defense was lacking.
“We gave up a gazillion points,” Wiggins said. “We better hope we score a gazillion and one. We didn’t do that.”
Towns had 25 points and 13 rebounds and rookie Jarrett Culver added 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the game.
Key Player Matchups
Karl-Anthony Towns vs. Willie Cauley-Stein
Karl-Anthony Towns was dominating prior to his suspension. He is averaging 26.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists so far this season. Cauley-Stein hasn’t been quite the player that the Warriors might’ve expected him to be, but he also hasn’t had a ton of playing time. He’s a capable rim defender and will look to limit Towns’ offense with his length and athleticism.
Jeff Teague vs. D’Angelo Russell
Teague is still day-to-day, but Russell should be back tonight, and it’ll be an interesting matchup to watch if Teague does play. If not, look for Culver to play in the spot opposite Russell. With Russell playing, he becomes the Warriors’ primary weapon on offense. He can slash to the basket and knock down mid-range jumpers all day, but he’s struggled with his outside shot.
Russell and Towns are the stud picks for tonight’s game. Russell is available on FanDuel for $8.4k and he is projected for a big game with 40.48 points. Towns can be had for $10.3k and is projected for 48.24 points.
If you’re looking for some values to add to your lineup, go with Andrew Wiggins, who is projected to finish with 28.44 points with $7.1k value. Paschall is also hard to pass at just $6.6k. His projection for tonight’s game is 27.36 points. Grab him while his value is still low because he’ll likely have a big role until Draymond Green returns, but he’ll probably continue to get significant minutes after.
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